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How To Give Your Lips The Anti-Aging Treatment

When it comes to anti-aging the focus seems to be on every other part of the face other than the lips. Truth be told, our lips are one of the first places to show signs of aging. So if you’re thinking of being proactive and looking after your skin to delay the signs of aging, don’t forget your lips too.

Volume loss around the lips is a leading indicator of the onset of age-related lines and wrinkles. As much as wrinkles are a sign of the passage of time, there are lifestyle factors which can accelerate the process. Smoking, too much exposure to the sun, genetically having pale skin are some causes of early onset wrinkles.

Using lip balm is not enough to ward off dry skin and you should be doing more if you want to keep your lipsl;ooking fresher, plumper and younger. This post is all about sharing some tips and tricks on how to give you the anti-aging treatment they deserve.

Make Lip Serums and Balms Your Best Friends

There are a variety of new-age lip balsam and serums which are designed to deliver hydration to your lips on every application. These serums also contain doses of anti-aging ingredients such as retinol which stimulates collagen production (responsible for those firm puckers). These serums are believed to reduce the appearance of fine lines around the mouth area.

Some serums are packed with so many beneficial ingredients such as ceramides, hyaluronic acid, peptides, antioxidants and hydrating oils so that they keep your lips looking full and plump.

The thing to remember is that the skin on your lips should receive the same care and attention you give to the rest of your face. The nightly rituals you have for your face such as applying a night serum should extend to your lips too. Other tips include:

  • Choosing a chapstick or lip balm that offers at least SPF30 sun protection
  • Use topical antioxidants to offer your lips UV light protection
  • Use repairing treatments containing retinol and peptides at night

So if you’ve been skimping on lip care products, think of those youthful lips and start taking care of them today.

Give Yourself The Occasional Laser or Peel Treatment

There’s some pigmentation around the lips that just won’t go away with topical creams and serums. Laser treatment or using a chemical peel can often treat this issue while eliminating fine lines at the same time.

Specialist dermatologists recommend chemical peels and laser treatments because they add skin tone and texture, reducing the appearance of lines.

Chemical peels such as those containing alpha-hydroxy (AHA) acids work great as they cause changes in the dermal layers of the skin. This process rejuvenates the lips and enhances their shape and definition.

Reverse the Signs of Aging with Injectables

Although lip fillers are popular with those looking to get fatter lips with more definition, they are also perfect for restoring volume and structure around the mouth. A common age-related problem is the loss of definition at the lip borders, which often leads to lipstick bleeding onto the face in some women.

Subtle treatments will give you plump lips with good definition giving you a youthful look while removing fine lines too. Hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers include Restylane Silk and Juvederm. These can not be used as lip fillers but to smooth wrinkles in other areas of the face including around the eyes and the forehead.

Botox is another option when it comes to injectables although it works differently to other dermal fillers and may result in the infamous “duck pout”.

Top 5 Everyday Lip Care Tips

If injectable lip fillers, lasers and peels or serums are too out there for you then here are the four top tips you can use everyday to take better care of your lips.

  1. Hydration – as much as water is important for the correct functioning of biological systems, it’s equally important for your lips. Dry lips are a sign of dehydration and you shouldn’t lick your lips because that’ll make them even more dry. Drink lots of water as this will help keep your lips hydrated.
  2. Exfoliate – use a wet soft cloth or tooth brush to remove dead skin from your lips. Do this at least once a week and you’ll begin to see your lips looking better over time.
  3. Moisturise – drinking water keeps your body and the lips generally hydrated. Using a moisturiser will keep your lips well oiled and avoid dryness. You can also use moisturiser on your lips before going to bed at night.
  4. Protect – just as the rest of your skin requires protection from the harmful rays, so does do your lips. Make sure you apply a lip balm with SPF protection.
  5. Reapply – eating and drinking will take off the sun protection off your lips. Make it a point to reapply each time you’ve had some food or a drink. Always have a couple of lip balms lying around your desk at work, in the car or bag so that you have one close at hand.

Closing Remarks

If you’re like most men and women, lips rarely feature in any anti-aging skin regime. For many people it’s all about the most visible wrinkles around the eyes and the forehead. After reading this article you should be ready to make some simple changes to take better care of your lips.

You might even have to put off getting those lip fillers just by hydrating, exfoliating, moisturising, protecting and repeating. You will be amazed by the amount of volume you may be able to regain just by following some of the simpler tips in this article.

If you still think dermal fillers are the next step for you then feel free to read our article on dermal fillers, checking out the filler procedures on offer and getting in touch to book a consultation.

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