What you need to know to find the right anti-aging skin care routine is that it needs to be all-encompassing. Oftentimes when people look for anti-aging skin care advice, they tend to forget about one important area: the lips.
As you get older, it can seem harder than ever to get gorgeous lips, because they can start to look thinner and less full. This has to do with the fact that as you age, collagen production in your body naturally dips. Since collagen is one of the most important building blocks of skin, not producing enough of this protein means it isn’t as easy as it was to get gorgeous lips when you were younger. Lips also appear thinner over time because as you age, you start to lose bone density, which can make your face look more sunken. As a result, there’s less facial support for your lips and they can appear as if they’re folding inward.
The good news is that there are tips and tricks that still work wonders to get gorgeous lips, and they don’t involve harmful fillers or toxic injections.
Moisturize: Unlike other parts of your body, your lips don’t have oil glands, which is why you’ll probably notice that they dry out faster, especially when they’re constantly being exposed to dehydrating conditions like cold weather and hot water. That’s why keeping them hydrated is essential to get gorgeous lips. When picking out a lip balm, look for nourishing ingredients like vitamin E, pomegranate oil, shea butter, and beeswax. To really get gorgeous lips, avoid potentially irritating ingredients like parabens, fragrance, alcohol, phenol, menthol, and salicylic acid.
SPF Protection: Any good anti-aging skin care advice includes sun protection—the same thing can be said if you want to get gorgeous lips. UV rays damage your lips the same way they damage your skin, by breaking down collagen levels at a much faster pace and sucking the skin’s natural moisture. Plus, the skin on your lips is very thin and they have virtually no melanin, the pigment that shields your skin from the sun. This makes them even more susceptible to sun damage and will age them even faster by leading to fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. One of the simplest tricks to get gorgeous lips as you age as to protect them from UV rays. Make sure to regularly apply a moisturizing lip balm containing SPF—even better if it’s waterproof.
Stop Licking and Picking: It might be tempting to lick your lips when they’re dry, but that will actually make the problem worse. Although it might provide temporary relief to dry, chapped lips, the saliva you leave behind actually strips more moisture when it evaporates. Also resist the urge to pick and nibble at chapped lips. Try and make it a habit to always keep a stash of lip balm on you. Some women also find they’re less likely to pick at their lips if they’re wearing lipstick—not only do you get gorgeous lips instantly, but it’s a great way to give your look a little more edge. Just make sure the lipstick you’re using has moisturizing agents and avoid matte finishes, which will dry your lips out more.
Makeup: Adding some color is a good deterrent for nibbling at a chapped pout, but there are other makeup tricks that work just as well to get gorgeous lips. For instance, adding a touch of lip gloss just on the middle of the bottom lip will help add dimension and grab light, making the lips look fuller. Make them pop even more by tracing right under your lower lip line with a little concealer, and then add a touch of highlighter on your cupid’s bow (the little dip in the center of your upper lip.) Another foolproof makeup trick to get gorgeous lips at any age is to use lip liner, which stops lipstick from bleeding and feathering into the fine lines that develop around your lips as you get older.