Are your lip lines making you feel self-conscious? If so, you aren’t the only one who feels this way. Possibly, it’s because those fine lines all around the lips are not just an indication of ageing but also of unhealthy practices such as smoking and sunbathing.
The simplest way to avoid developing lip lines is to quit doing what you’re doing. But what about the damage that’s been done already? Is there a way to get rid of the lip lines that are already showing?
Fortunately, there is. Not only can you stop new lines from appearing, but you can also remove the old lines. Here’s everything you need to know about why lip lines form and how to get rid of them.
Fine wrinkles appear primarily because of ageing and sunlight exposure. The ageing process is accelerated by direct sunlight. As you age, you lose volume in the lips, and the lines emerge as the volume decreases. The sun, for its part, damages your fibroblast cells that generate collagen. Skin volume decreases as collagen levels drop. So, while you can do little about ageing, you can protect your skin from the sun and avoid speeding up the process.
Smokers and non-smokers alike can develop lip wrinkles, but there is little doubt that tobacco significantly increases the risk of early ageing. Smoking has a similar effect on the skin as exposure to the sun in that it destroys fibroblasts, thus hastening the loss of collagen. Lines and wrinkles develop quickly as a result.
Since prevention is always better than cure, let’s start with the strategies to help you avoid developing lip lines in the first place.
The primary cause of fine lines, lip lines, wrinkles and oxidative stress is sunlight exposure. Simply minimising the leading cause of skin cell destruction could make a significant improvement to your skin’s physical wellbeing. Apply sunscreen regularly!
Always pay attention to the importance of a good diet and proper hydration. It’s crucial to have a well-balanced diet rich in antioxidants, so stuff like cherries, green vegetables, whole grains and nuts should always be on your menu. Also, ensure you’re getting enough water by drinking regularly throughout the day to maintain smooth, healthy and wrinkle-free skin.
As you get older, your body’s ability to produce collagen decreases. The reduction of this essential protein causes your skin to lose some of its elasticity and firmness; lines, creases and drooping are the results. Taking a collagen supplement can help keep your skin looking younger and firmer.
Basic facial workouts, done every day, can effectively tighten and improve the skin around your lips, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. One suggestion is to try smiling as widely as possible without showing your teeth.
Exfoliation removes dry, rough skin and could also help fine wrinkles look less noticeable. Use your mild lip scrub at home to keep your lips and the skin around them looking soft and lively.
It’s crucial that you use a soft cleanser instead of a solid soap to rinse your face. Mild cleansers, such as an oil face wash, won’t deplete your skin’s natural oils. The same cannot be said for solid soaps.
Consider using a Vitamin C-rich product in your beauty routine. Vitamin C is good for ageing skin because it promotes tissue regeneration, reduces discolouration and protects against sun damage.
When you think about it, using a straw in your drink must cause lip lines. All that pursing your lips around a straw can’t do anything but add to the wrinkles and lines around your mouth. So, sip your drinks gently!
Those fine wrinkles and discoloured spots around the lips that can’t be shifted by topical therapy may benefit from peels and lasers. These two treatments can enhance skin complexion and smoothness while reducing the effect of wrinkles.
Getting rid of your lip lines can take ten years off your face. While they are difficult to remove, there are simple actions you can do to get the job done. Applying sunscreen, doing facial exercises, adding collagen, exfoliating, lasers, peels and using Vitamin C products are just a few of the promising solutions.
If you want fuller lips without having to wait for the natural processes to take effect, you could try a treatment from Vinci Aesthetics. Get started today by booking a complimentary consultation to discuss your ideas and objectives with one of our specialists.