As one ages, it’s normal for your lips to become thin and lined, due to lost collagen and volume. Other additional reasons that cause the lip muscles to contract can also cause wrinkles to appear over time, for instance, contracting the lips to kiss, talk, use a straw, or whistle. However, with the advancement in medicine today, puckered lips should no longer be a cause for concern. All you need to keep those lines at bay is a good skincare routine such as the Skindc botox treatment, along with additional healthy lifestyle practices from a proven healthcare provider. If the lines are already present, medical treatments are also available to even out the appearance and stop further wrinkling. It takes very little effort to keep your skin healthy and smooth!
If you use makeup, such as lipstick or stain, ensure you remove it every night. You can use a lip makeover remover, applying it to a tissue or a cotton ball and wiping it thoroughly until it’s all gone. Use an oil cleanser, micellar water or normal makeup remover to remove foundation or concealer around your lips.
Wash your face (including the upper lip) twice a day to remove dirt and makeup. Avoid using soap or body wash for this. Stick to a facial cleanser that is right for your skin type. If you already have an anti-aging moisturizer, apply it around your lips twice a day, in the same way you do the rest of the face. Ensure you reach the upper lip line and corners of the lips. Use moisturizers with anti-aging ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, ceramides, Vitamin C, retinol, and peptides, among others. A lip serum will also moisturize your lips and provide anti-aging ingredients.
Stop smoking. There is a reason why upper lip wrinkles are sometimes known as “smoker’s lines”. It’s because they are commonly caused by smoking. Consider quitting if you currently smoke or talk to your doctor or a qualified counselor about it. They may prescribe medication such as lozenges, patches, or Chantix, to help wean you off smoking.
Because straws cause your lips to purse, avoid using them as much as you can. If you want to drink, do it straight from a glass. If you’re traveling, drink from a can, thermos or bottle without straws, instead of using a takeout cup with a straw. Reduce your exposure to the sun as too much sun exposure causes wrinkles. When you’re outside, wear a wide-brimmed hat or find a shady area. Wrap a scarf around the face on cool or bright days to keep the sun off. Lastly, avoid licking your lips as it can cause them to dry out faster. If you find the urge to lick your lips is strong, use an unflavored lip balm to help reduce the craving.
The lips are a very tricky area to treat thus ensure you find a board-certified physician for treatment. Most treatments have side effects but an experienced dermatologist can provide a safe experience. Get Botox injections to reduce the muscle activity around the lips, and stop lines from forming. Laser treatments around the lips can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, as well as stimulate the production of collagen. You can also apply a chemical peel that contains hydroquinone, alpha-hydroxy acid, or kojic acid, around the lips, not on the lips themselves, as the lips are sensitive. Chemical peels can be applied every month.