Have you noticed wrinkles forming around your mouth? If so, you’re not alone! Lip lines are common, especially among women of a certain age. But this doesn’t mean that you need to put up with them! There are plenty of easy and effective ways to get rid of these pesky wrinkles.
In this article, the beauty experts at SiO will explain what lip lines are and what causes them to form. Then we’ll reveal the seven best ways to get rid of those annoying wrinkles around your mouth so you can enjoy a younger-looking, more beautiful smile.
What Exactly Are Lip Lines?
We’ve all heard of crow’s feet and frown lines, but what exactly are lip lines? Lip lines, sometimes called lipstick lines or smokers’ lines, are the small wrinkles that form just above your upper lip. They often touch your top lip and extend vertically toward your nose. They come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing remains the same—everyone wants to get rid of them!
Lip lines are not to be confused with laugh lines or smile lines, which are the horizontal creases that run from the sides of your nose to the edges of your lips. Officially called nasolabial folds, these wrinkles are another common sign of aging skin. But laugh and smile lines are completely different from lip lines.
(Expert tip: to get rid of these types of lines for good and reveal younger-looking, more beautiful skin, wear SiO Beauty Eye & Smile patches or SiO Super LipLift patches every night while you sleep.)
What Causes Lip Lines To Form?
While lip lines never appear overnight, you may notice them very suddenly. It might even feel like you just woke up one morning with several new wrinkles above your mouth. Where did these little lines come from?
As we’ve already noted, aging is a major cause of lip lines. This is because two of your skin’s most crucial proteins—collagen and elastin—begin to break down as you age. This makes it easier for wrinkles to form on your skin.
To make matters worse, your skin produces less of these vital proteins later in life. On top of all that, your skin also produces fewer of the natural oils it needs to stay hydrated. The result is damaged skin that is more susceptible to dryness, wrinkles, and a dull appearance.
In addition to aging, there are several other factors that can contribute to lip lines. Here are some of the leading causes:
- Prolonged exposure to the sun
- Having a poor diet
- Not getting enough beauty sleep
- A lack of exercise
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Smoking cigarettes
At this point, it might seem like lip lines are pretty much inevitable. But we’re here to assure you that they’re not! Lip lines are completely treatable, and there are a number of simple steps you can take to eliminate them. Here are seven of the most effective.
What Are The Best Ways To Treat Lip Lines?
1. Increase Blood Flow With Cinnamon And Natural Oils
Cinnamon is an age-old ingredient in the traditional medicines of China and India. Cinnamon can be ingested to help even out blood sugar, boost the immune system, and reduce cholesterol. Cinnamon is even good for your skin. It stimulates blood flow to the top layers of skin, where it serves to nourish, cleanse, and plump wrinkled skin from the inside.
To use cinnamon to treat lip lines and mouth wrinkles, mix a pinch of ground cinnamon with a natural oil of your choice. Jojoba oil, coconut oil, or vitamin E oil are great options because they all provide additional wrinkle-fighting benefits. Massage the mixture into your skin and leave it for 15 minutes. At the end of the 15 minutes, remove the mixture with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel.
2. Eat Lots Of Antioxidant-Rich Foods To Treat Lip Lines
When treating lip lines and other wrinkles, many women turn first to topical creams. As we’ll share later in this article, a good serum is one of the best treatments for mouth wrinkles. But you can improve the wrinkle-fighting power of everything you do by improving your diet. Doing so can help your body work at 100 percent to keep your skin smooth and healthy.
Eating lots of antioxidant-rich foods is a powerful way to treat existing lip lines and to prevent new lip lines from forming. Free radicals absorbed from your environment, the sun, and your diet can serve to break down the collagen and elastin that keep your skin smooth. You can neutralize those free radicals and prevent them from causing damage by getting plenty of antioxidants in your diet.
Antioxidant-rich foods include berries, broccoli, carrots, and spinach. To get the most wrinkle-fighting benefits from these antioxidant powerhouses, try including two to three servings of each in your daily diet. Mix some berries with a cup of yogurt or whip up a berry smoothie for a delicious breakfast treat. For lunch, try combining spinach, carrot, and other salad fixin’s to reap the wrinkle-fighting rewards. Then for dinner, include a side of steamed or raw broccoli with your regular fare.
3. Protect Your Skin From The Sun
One of the best things you can do to treat and prevent lip lines is to protect the sensitive skin around your mouth with sunscreen. Remember the free radicals we mentioned above? The sun’s UV rays are probably the biggest source of those skin-damaging, wrinkle-causing atoms.
But you can fight back against the sun’s UV rays get to your skin. All it takes is an SPF 30 or 45 sunscreen to keep your skin protected, healthy, and radiant. Be sure to apply your sunscreen before you leave the house in the morning and then every two hours thereafter.
And don’t worry about ultra-high SPF numbers. An SPF of 30 protects against 97 percent of the sun’s harmful rays, while SPF 45 protects against 98 percent. Even the ultra-high—and often ultra-expensive—SPFs don’t get much better than that.
4. Treat Lip Lines With A Moisturizer
Very few things make lip lines more visible than dry skin. Dr. Ellen Marmur, a dermatologist in New York City and author of Simple Skin Beauty, equates the surface of your skin to the paint job on a car. If the paint is cracked, the metal underneath can rust. Similarly, if the top layer of your skin is dry and cracked, the sensitive skin underneath can be damaged. This damage can lead to lip lines and wrinkles.
To prevent dry, cracked skin and the lip lines that go with it, be sure to apply a moisturizer at least once a day, preferably in the morning. The moisturizer helps maintain your skin’s water content by mixing with natural lipids to form a protective barrier against outside elements like dirt, wind, and UV rays. This protective layer keeps your skin healthy, radiant, and wrinkle-free.
5. Take Special Care Of Your Skin
It might seem like common sense, but taking fabulous care of your skin is one of the best ways to treat lip lines. Follow these easy steps to ensure your skin is glowing, healthy, and smooth.
Exfoliate Your Skin
Use an exfoliating scrub on your skin once or twice a week. This will remove all the dead skin cells and allow more youthful skin to replace the old skin that’s been cleared away. It not only makes your skin appear healthier and more radiant, but it also allows your skin to receive the full benefits of any other skincare products you apply.
Take Shorter Showers
Long showers wash away your skin’s sebum, the natural oil it needs to stay moisturized and hydrated. This causes dry skin, which can lead to wrinkles like lip lines. The easy solution is to take shorter showers. Try to keep your showers to less than 10 minutes, and only shower more than once per day if it’s absolutely necessary.
Use Cleansers, Not Soaps
Many soaps can be abrasive and irritate your delicate skin. This is especially true for the skin on your face. Choose a gentle cleanser to wash your face with, rather than a harsh soap. This will help get rid of lip lines and prevent new ones from forming.
When washing your face, handle your skin carefully. Pulling and rubbing your skin will actually damage it and lead to wrinkles. This includes vigorously lathering cleansers on your face. Always be gentle with your skin.
Wash With Warm Water
Hot showers may feel fantastic, but hot water removes oils from your skin and leads to dryness. Use warm water when showering or cleansing your skin.
Pat Your Skin Dry
As we just mentioned, pulling and rubbing your skin can cause wrinkles. And the last thing you want is to create more lip lines! Instead of rubbing a towel over your skin, simply pat your skin dry. Also, make sure you’re always using soft towels to dry off.
Sleep On Your Back
Sleeping on your tummy or on your side can pull and stretch the skin on your face while you sleep. This can damage your skin and contribute to lip lines, as well as other wrinkles on your face. Start sleeping on your back to protect your skin!
6. Exercise Your Face
When it comes to your face, strong muscles make for smooth skin. Weak muscles can begin to sag, causing wrinkles and fine lines. We’re not advocating lifting dumbbells with your mouth or anything like that.
But active, strong muscles in your forehead, cheeks, and especially around your mouth can keep your skin toned and wrinkle-free and help treat lip lines. Here are two great facial exercise options.
Hook your index fingers inside the corners of your mouth and pull slightly outward. You should feel a stretch in the skin around your lips. Now tighten your mouth muscles and try to pull your fingers together. Hold this tightened position for three seconds and then release. That’s one repetition. Start with 25 reps and build up to 50.
Your face is made up of a large number of small muscles that don’t often get a good workout. Isolating those individual muscles is a great way to keep them toned. Without using your hands, try lifting the left side of your mouth into a half smile. Hold for three seconds and then relax. Now try the same movement with the right side of your mouth. Hold for three seconds and then relax. That’s one rep. Work up to 5 repetitions on each side. And don’t worry if you don’t get it right away. This one takes a bit of practice.
7. Use A Serum To Treat Stubborn Lip Lines
Applying a wrinkle-fighting serum every day is one of the most effective ways to treat and prevent stubborn lip lines. Specialized serums are designed to rejuvenate and protect your skin all day long. These products also work to decrease and prevent lip lines without the need for invasive medical treatments like injections, laser therapy, and dermabrasion.
Supercharge Your Treatment Of Lip Lines
Yes, a serum is a great way to treat lip lines all by itself. But you can supercharge the healing by using the other treatment options on this list as part of your daily routine.
Get plenty of antioxidants by eating a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables. Exercise the muscles around your mouth while watching TV at night. Before bed, apply a cinnamon/natural oil mixture to pull blood to the top layers of skin.
Then, in the morning, apply a serum and a sunscreen for all-day protection and healing. Finally, always take extra special care of your delicate skin. Follow all of these simple steps, and you’ll smooth out those little lip lines before you know it.