Friday, October 10, 2008

Want younger-looking lips?

Who doesn't? We reach our peak for pout perfection as teens or as young adults in our 20’s. After that, the lips begin a downward aging spiral, losing collagen, elastin and moisture, leaving you with thinning lips, lines and wrinkles. As our faces age, the structure of the lips can also change: The facial skin begins to lose its firmness and elasticity because of the redistribution of fat cells underneath, resulting in wrinkles and sagging skin.

So, how do we combat this? Try these tips for younger lips:

Protect and plump: Don't think your lips are somehow immune to sun exposure; they can suffer from sunburn, too. In fact, excessive exposure has been linked to lip cancer. So, shield your lips from the sun year-round by wearing a broad spectrum lip product.

Boost the good, battle the bad. Experts recommend products that contain vitamins and antioxidants, because they encourage new collagen development to keep lips full and soft. These ingredients also defend against free radicals, which damage skin cells. Look for ingredients like shea and cocoa butter, vitamin E and grapeseed oil.

Beauty lift: For an easy trick to create fuller lips, line slightly outside your natural lip with a lip pencil and color in your lips; then apply lipstick and lip gloss. The shine from the gloss reflects light and creates the illusion of fuller lips.

Peel away the lines: Particularly effective for the upper lip, chemical peels differ in type and intensity, providing women with a number of options. Light peels work on surface skincare problems, whereas deeper peels actually remove layers of skin that show damage from problems like acne, injuries, photodamage & hyperpigmentation.

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