Research suggests that full lips may have as much to do with a woman’s perceived age as the appearance of wrinkles. So if a plumper pout is on your list of things that could make your face more fabulous, here’s how to achieve it.
All lips lose volume—and even the amount of “red” showing—over time as a result of aging, thanks to the natural degradation of collagen and elastin and a decrease in moisture levels. But there are three factors – excessive sun exposure, genetics and smoking – that can greatly accelerate the process and create less-than-full lips, lip lines and lack of definition. Since two of these instigators are completely preventable, it’s imperative to wear an SPF 15 daily on the lips and avoid the less-than-healthy lifestyle habit of smoking. And, while the verdict is still out as far as anti-aging preventative products go when used on the lips, some studies suggest any type of circulation-promoter may help slow the signs of aging in this area as well.
.Playing off the popularity of oils in skin care, this super luxe lip treatment fuses essential oils, vitamins and botanical actives, which, according to the company, improves the appearance of lip shape, volume, softness and hydration.
Hourglass N° 28 Lip Treatment Oil, $42
This subtle interpretation of a lip plumper (there’s no burning; no hard-to-pronounce ingredients) relies on natural extracts to immediately volumize. It incorporates antioxidant-rich green tea to help protect lips from damage.
Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss, $33
Available in 12 intense shades, this do-it-all gloss shapes, defines, enhances and protects lips while imparting long-lasting color.
BITE Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss, $22
The Lip Scrub
The beloved beauty favorite for lip exfoliation is getting a makeover with three new limited-edition flavors. No matter which you choose, they all deliver a lip-softening mix of pure sugar and natural oils to leave lips looking soft, smooth and flawless.
Sara Happ The Lip Scrub, $24