One of the realities of getting older is that sooner or later, we’re going to start getting wrinkles. And while ultimately, wrinkles are just a natural, beautiful part of being human, it’s understandable that for many of us, we want to keep them at bay for as long as possible - particularly when it comes to wrinkles on the face. While the face itself gets a lot of attention in the world of skincare, one particular area of the face tends to get overlooked: the lips.
Commonly known as lip lines, lip wrinkles, or even smoker’s lines, wrinkles on the lip refer to the vertical lines that form on the lips themselves and on the skin of the upper lip. This area is more prone to wrinkles than people may realize and is often forgotten about when it comes to wrinkle prevention of the face.
In this article, we’re going to explore what proper lip care entails.
One of the best things we can do to prevent wrinkles anywhere on our body is to stay moisturized, and that is just as applicable to the lips as anywhere else. There are many lip-nourishing products on the market that you can use to keep your lips from getting dry, so find a way to keep them moisturized daily - particularly in colder climates or in colder, windier times of the year.
As strange as it may seem, massaging the lips is one of the easiest ways to help prevent lip lines - and it’s surprisingly effective. Massage increases circulation to the area being treated, and also increases collagen production. Adding a gentle lip massage to your oral care routine is a great and effective way to prevent wrinkles from forming - and will likely be quite relaxing for you as well.
Using a daily SPF on your skin is quite possibly the most important aspect of anyone’s skincare plan, and this also applies to your lips. Sun damage is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to damaged skin, and so using an SPF to protect your lips will help keep them looking young and healthy.
Regularly exfoliating your lips is crucial, as it’s a way to gently remove the upper layer of skin where all the dead skin cells lie. Exfoliating this layer of skin away with a gentle lip scrub will help bring the healthier skin lying underneath to the surface, making your lips look brighter, fresher, and more youthful.
As we get older, the collagen in our bodies naturally decreases, which is a significant reason for our wrinkles. While we can help our bodies naturally increase collagen production with massage, as listed above, sometimes we need a little help from an outside source. There are quite a few products on the market whose technology is geared towards helping the lips create more collagen as a way to treat and prevent lip lines.
If you’re looking for a more advanced way to treat and prevent lip lines than the ways mentioned above, lip filler and Botox are great options. However, these require working with a qualified professional who knows how to safely use them in a way that will leave you looking natural. Typically, these treatments need to be used sparingly, but in the hands of the right practitioner, they could be the most effective treatment of them all. If you’re interested in learning more about lip fillers as a way to enhance the youthfulness and plumpness of your lips, check out this video.
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