Are you starting to see fine lines form on your upper lip? Not sure where to find the best upper lip wrinkle treatments? We’re here to help.
Upper lip wrinkles typically begin to show up after age fifty, but they can become visible as early as your mid-twenties. This is because the skin on your upper lip is very thin, delicate, and subject to constant movement throughout the day.
Luckily, you can counteract signs of aging and keep your skin soft and smooth at any age by using the upper lip wrinkle treatments on this list as your guide.
1. Are You A Smoker? It’s Time To Put Those Lip Lines To Rest And Quit Smoking!
If you smoke, one of the best things you can do to treat and prevent upper lip wrinkles is to quit. No matter how many other treatments you may try, or how often you use them, smoking will negate the positive benefits you might hope to achieve. Smoking is extremely bad for your skin for a number of reasons:
- Smoking exposes the surface layers of your skin to harmful chemicals and toxins.
- Smoking shrinks blood vessels underneath your skin.
- Smoking reduces blood flow which in turn reduces the amount of beneficial nutrients your skin receives.
- Limited blood flow also decreases the amount of oxygen delivered to your skin.
- The repetitive movement of smoking (puffing) accelerates wrinkle creation.
If you can, we highly recommend quitting smoking right away as this is easily the best thing you can do for your skin.
2. Skip The Straw
Pursing your lips to drink through a straw is essentially the same movement as puffing on a cigarette. Over time, that repetitive muscle motion can lead to wrinkles on your upper lip.
While drinking through a straw is nowhere near as damaging as puffing on a cigarette, using a straw over a period of years can cause your lip muscles to remain in a pursed position. This can lead to fine lines that eventually turn into deep wrinkles.
To fight upper-lip wrinkle formation, drink straight from a glass whenever you can. We know that drinking from a straw is sometimes necessary, especially when you’re on the go, so don’t worry if you have to drink this way once or twice a week. You won’t get wrinkles overnight.
But if you find yourself drinking from a straw all day, every day, you’re on a fast track to getting wrinkles on your upper lip that then deepen and become permanent over time.
3. Exfoliate For Kissable Wrinkle-Free Lips
Exfoliation is one of the cornerstones of a healthy beauty routine. Done daily or once or twice a week, exfoliation works to remove dry, dead skin cells to reveal fresher, younger-looking skin underneath and bring forth a youthful glow. This allows your body to focus its energy on keeping your skin healthy rather than having to deal with old, excess cells.
Exfoliating also helps your skin retain moisture more efficiently. The increase in moisture can help heal existing wrinkles and prevent new wrinkles from forming.
Keep in mind that too much exfoliation, or the wrong exfoliant, can leave your skin feeling raw, tight, and sore. That’s why it’s important to restrict your exfoliation to no more than twice a week.
Not all skin is the same, it’s also important to use a gentle exfoliant like baking soda. Here’s our favorite, simple recipe to create a gentle exfoliant.
- Begin by washing your face, neck and chest with warm water and an oil-free cleanser to remove makeup and open pores.
- Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda into a small bowl.
- Add 1 teaspoon of water and mix until you’ve created a loose paste.
- Using your fingers, gently massage the baking soda into your skin using small circular motions.
- Rinse your face with warm water to remove the baking soda, and then with cold water to close and tighten pores.
- Pat your skin dry with a soft towel.
You can also mix a small amount of baking soda into your existing face wash or cleanser to make an exfoliating cleanser. Whichever method you choose, try to resist the urge to scrub. Too much pressure will damage the healthy skin underneath. Be gentle and remember that exfoliation should never hurt.
4. The Magic Trick to Help Eliminate Wrinkles: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Hydrating products, also known as humectants, like glycerin, honey, and hyaluronic acid absorb water from their surroundings and bind it within their molecular structure. So if a humectant is applied to the skin on your upper lip, any water it absorbs will be available to keep your skin hydrated.
That’s good news for those looking to treat upper lip wrinkles. Your skin needs hydration to function properly and to remain soft and supple.
We recommend choosing a product that is specifically designed to hydrate skin, not just moisturize it. As you’ll see in the next section, hydrating and moisturizing are two different things.
Hyaluronic acid is the most common hydrator but others include propylene glycol, butylene glycol, sodium PCA, sorbitol, and allantoin. Here’s a simple step-by-step method for daily skin hydration.
- Wash your face with lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser.
- Exfoliate if you haven’t yet this week.
- While your skin is still damp, apply a hydrator.
- Seal the hydration into your skin with the product described in the next section.
- Nighttime tip: Wait to apply your hydrator around your lip and smile lines after you have brushed your teeth.
5. Moisturize When You Wake Up & Before Bedtime
Most moisture leaves your skin through a process called transepidermal water loss (TEWL). Transepidermal water loss is just a fancy term for evaporation. It’s the same process that “dries up” a small amount of water left in a bowl overnight.
To keep water from evaporating, whether it’s in your skin or in a bowl, you need to create a barrier between the water and the air. This is what a moisturizer is for.
Moisturizers are designed to form a protective layer on the surface of your skin to keep water from evaporating into the air. Which is great if you’ve already got plenty of moisture in your skin, but if you’ve got dry skin, you’re only fighting half the battle.
You first need to put water back into your skin with a hydrating product as described above. You then need to seal in the hydration by applying a moisturizer on top of the hydrating product.
Each product individually can do a bit of good, but the combination of the two makes for a truly powerful skin treatment. Always apply a hydrating product first and a moisturizer second.
For those looking for the ultimate moisturizing and hydrating solution, we recommend the SiO Beauty Complete System. Just like the process explained above, the SiO Smoothing Patches works to nourish skin and visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles in just one night.
Want even more targeted lip-wrinkle-reduction? Try the SiO Super LipLift patches. Just apply them above and below your lips before bed and wake up to visibly fewer wrinkles!
6. Wear Sunscreen Daily
Other than smoking, the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays are the most common cause of wrinkles. Even though we need a small amount of sunlight every day to help with vitamin D production, too much exposure can speed up the breakdown of the collagen and elastin that keep your skin firm and toned.
The best preventative measure you can take to protect your skin is to cover up with a hat, a scarf, long sleeves, and long pants whenever you go outside. But all that covering up can make summer a real drag.
Your next best option, and the one we recommend you do on a daily basis is to apply sunscreen before leaving the house. This step is so important, we even suggest you do it in the winter as well.
SPF 45 is all you need to protect your skin against 98% of the sun’s harmful rays. SPFs higher than 45 don’t add much additional protection—they just cost more. For best results, apply sunscreen after you’ve already hydrated and moisturized.
SPF Tip: Don’t forget your eyebrows, around your lips, ears and behind your neck. Plus, if you are outside throughout the day don’t forget to apply sunscreen every two to three hours for maximum wrinkle protection.