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The Anti-Ageing Guide for Lips- By Dr Chloë
Our lips are one of the first places to show signs of ageing— yet we’re quick to neglect them.
Do you ever think about your lips when it comes to ageing?
Lips are often left out of the anti-ageing conversation. Yet it’s volume loss and lines around the mouth that are some of the earliest signs of ageing.
A number of key changes occur in lips with age…
Most lips will lose their volume and definition over time, but lines and wrinkles are more commonly found in smokers, those with pale skin, and those with increased exposure to the sun. Lines can also be worse due to muscular movement in those who smoke and purse when they speak. So if your current lip care routine just involves a swipe of lip balm whenever they’re feeling chapped, there’s definitely more you could be doing to make your lips look younger, fresher, and more plump.
Here are my top tips for anti-ageing your lips.
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- Antioxidant lip repair: A daily use emollient treatment helps smooth and refine lip surface. Restorative concentrate with Vitamin E and Silymarin for damaged or ageing lips. This restorative concentrate helps counteract the signs of premature ageing caused by environmental factors whilst replenishing moisture and a smooth feel to the lip surface.
2. Mutiny lip balm: Soothe and smooth chapped lips with Medik8’s Mutiny Lip Balm. Replete with beneficial omega oils, this ultra-nourishing lip treatment calms, conditions and replenishes to help leave your pout looking supple and feeling silky-smooth.
A chemical peel can help treat fine lines and pigmentation around the lips that don’t seem to go away with topical treatments. The reason the lines develop is because muscles around the mouth constrict folding the overlying skin. Peels can help improve skin tone and texture and minimise the appearance of lines. I recommend a chemical peel with alpha-hydroxy acids and a skincare regimen with skin-brightening ingredients like hydroquinone derivative such as Obagi®,.
Not all lip fillers are done with the intention of creating bigger, Kylie Jenner-esque lips. With age, the border of the lip, the so-called white roll, loses its definition. It is common for lipstick to bleed from the red part of your lip onto your skin because you’ve lost structure at the border. This is best treated with a filler to restore volume and structure around the mouth. Over-treating the lip border can give you duck lips, but subtle treatments go a long way to define the lip from the skin surrounding the mouth. I also note that if you’re more concerned about lines and wrinkles, a few drops of anti-wrinkle injections can also help soften and relax the muscles around your mouth. There’s a small caveat though: You won’t be able to purse your lips as strongly and you may not be able to drink from a straw for a few months. So if you can’t quit your daily juices, filler, microneedling or radiofrequency might be your better wrinkle-fighting option!