Wrinkles often form on parts of the skin that undergo a lot of repetitive motion. Areas like the forehead, the eyes, and the lips are prime candidates for wrinkles. The lips are particularly sensitive to wrinkling because you use them lot throughout the day. You are especially susceptible to lip wrinkles if you smoke, purse your lips, or frequently drink through a straw.
These repetitive motions break down the bonds between the collagen and elastin—the proteins that keep your skin elastic. When this happens, small vertical lines begin to form above the top lip.
If you don’t smoke, don’t purse your lips a lot, and don’t drink through a straw but are still worried about lip wrinkles, there are plenty of ways to treat existing wrinkles while at the same time preventing new lip wrinkles from forming. This article will discuss 7 of those ways.
1. Apply A Moisturizer Around The Lips
At one point in time, we’ve all applied a balm to our lips to keep them soft and silky or to protect them from the cold or the sun. But what about the skin around our lips? This skin often goes unprotected. Unfortunately, this skin is one of the first places that wrinkles can form.
To prevent lip wrinkles, apply a moisturizer to the skin around the lips. This serves to hydrate the sensitive area and keeps the skin elastic. The elasticity, in turn, means that the skin will return to its original position more easily. When the skin is in its normal position, wrinkles aren’t as likely to form. In addition, a daily moisturizer around the lips helps to fill in the space left when collagen and elastin break down.
2. Stimulate Collagen Growth
Stimulating collagen growth is perhaps one of the best things you can do to prevent lip wrinkles. When collagen breaks down, the skin loses its underlying support structure. Because of this, it begins to sag inward and form wrinkles. Preserving your existing collagen, and even growing more, keeps your skin’s support structure intact.
You can stimulate collagen growth by applying a product that contains retinol or peptides. Retinol works to unclog pores, speed cell turnover, and boost collagen production. Peptides are chains of amino acids that can actually signal your skin to grow more collagen. Another option is glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is a natural exfoliator that promotes the removal of dead skin and the production of new skin. Glycolic acid often comes in the form of a peel or mask.
Our favorite product for promoting collagen growth is SiO Beauty’s Décolleté Serum. Created to treat and prevent the sensitive skin of the upper chest, this serum can also be used to smooth and hydrate the skin around the lips.
3. Add Lip Wrinkle Prevention To Your Skincare Routine
A good skincare routine can do wonders for treating and preventing lip wrinkles. Dr. Neal Schultz, a New York City dermatologist, recommends using a moisturizer with peptides and SPF in the morning before you leave the house. At night, Dr. Schultz recommends applying a glycolic acid product followed by a vitamin C serum and a moisturizer.
The morning moisturizers with peptides and SPF works in two ways. First, the peptides stimulate the production of collagen within the skin around the lips. Second, the SPF protects the skin from the damaging UV rays of the sun.
The three-step evening routine works in much the same way. The glycolic acid clears away dead skin cells and promotes new skin growth. The vitamin C serum stimulates collagen growth during the 7-8 hours you are asleep. Finally, the moisturizer locks it all in while at the same time providing healing hydration to the skin around the lips.
4. Consider Fillers
Fillers are a more extreme way of treating and preventing lip wrinkles. Fillers require the use of a needle and the supervision of a doctor. That said, they can be an effective way to get rid of stubborn lip wrinkles that won’t respond to other treatments.
As their name suggests, fillers work to “fill in” the empty space left when collagen and elastin break down. In essence, they push against the lower layers of skin and muscle to provide support and “plumping” to the layers of skin above.
Though fillers can be very effective at getting rid of lip wrinkles, they are not without their drawbacks. Because you are introducing a foreign substance into your body, there is always the potential for an allergic reaction (side effects). This allergic reaction can range from small, possibly permanent, bumps to skin discoloration that can last several months. You should always consult a physician before embarking on any course of injections. In addition, the procedure should always be administered by a professional.
5. Injections Should Be A Last-Resort Option
Botox™ is similar to fillers in that it works to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Botox™, though, works in an entirely different way. When injected into the skin, Botox™ blocks the nerve impulses that cause muscles to contract. This relaxes the muscles and allows the skin to return to a more natural position. Injected into the skin around the lips, it can reverse the effects caused by years of puckering (smoking or drinking through a straw).
Like fillers, Botox™ is an extreme form of treatment and should only be used as a last resort. There are many dangers associated with Botox™ that should not be taken lightly. Botox™ can cause nerve damage and even paralysis so be sure to consult a dermatologist or doctor.
6. For Deep Wrinkles, Try A Laser Treatment
Laser therapy works to resurface the top layer of skin while at the same time stimulating collagen production. This combination of effects is a powerful recipe for removing deep grooves that may not respond to more conventional treatments.
Common lasers used include ablative, carbon dioxide (CO2), and neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG). Laser therapy varies by skin type and ethnicity so be sure to consult your physician or dermatologist to find out what is best for you.
7. Use A Professional-Level Product
Using a moisturizer and an anti-wrinkle serum can be quite effective. But sometimes you need an option between creams and medical treatments. That’s where SiO Beauty comes in. It’s a professional-level product that you can use without painful injections or multiple doctor visits. SiO’s powerful rejuvenating effects will smooth out lip wrinkles and restore the elasticity and youthfulness to the skin around your lips in just a few treatments. Best of all, you don’t have the potential for side effects, the pain of invasive procedures, and the recovery time required with injections and lasers.