The appearance of our lips plays a significant role in maintaining a youthful look. It is common for many to overlook their lips when it comes to their short term and long-term anti-aging strategy. A perfect pout does not solely depend on the lips themselves, but also involves the immediate surrounding features. There are six main traits associated with your lips that give away your age and some may surprise you.
Just as with the rest of your face, the lips should be exfoliated, hydrated and protected from the sun daily. If your lips are not exfoliated regularly, your lip care products will sit on top of the skin and will not be able to penetrate into the deeper layers. After exfoliating, apply a hydrating mask that restores moisture and nutrients to the lips. You want to ensure your lips are properly hydrated to avoid chapped, crinkled lips. Each day be sure to include a lip balm that is made with all natural ingredients such as beeswax, shea butter, aloe vera, coconut oil and jojoba oil. Lip balms that contain alcohol and other synthetic ingredients typically cause dryness and skin sensitivities.
Courtesy of Kyle Jenner, you cannot open a beauty magazine today without reading about new methods to add fullness to your lips. We produce more collagen and hyaluronic acid when we are younger giving a plump, youthful look. As we age, our lips begin to deflate and begin to grow thin. Although there are countless lip plumping products promising fuller lips, the best way to achieve this is through dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC. This groundbreaking dermal filler, based on hyaluronic acid (HA), is specifically designed to boost the volume of the lips and diminish the appearance of fine lines around the mouth. This injectable treatment is formulated to deliver a smoother, softer consistency that mimics the natural feel of your lips for a longer time.
When we are younger, our lips have upturned outer corners due to the natural fullness of the skin. This subtle feature radiates a brighter and more vibrant appearance. Facial exercises to tone these muscles will help lift the lips up to keep them looking fuller, longer.
The vermilion border, the thin area that separates the lip color from the rest of your skin, is sharp around your lips when we are young. As age sets in, this border begins to fade and fine lines begin to appear around the lip area. The vermilion border can be redefined with dermal fillers to create a rejuvenated, more youthful appearance.
A projected cupid’s bow, located above the center of your lips, is a trademark for youthful lips. Over the years this arch and bow shape can begin to sag, causing your lips to show their age. This is why defining this area with lip liner is a popular make-up technique. Longer lasting results can be achieved be adding volume back into your cupid’s bow with dermal fillers.
Lastly, as sexy as bold lip colors are, they are not the ideal route to take if your goal is to take a few years off. A glowing, rosy lip with a natural looking pink hue is one of the hallmark traits of youthful lips. So, try toning it down!