As years go by, you may start to notice fine lines and a loss of volume in your lips.
Even though aging is inevitable, you can prevent signs of premature aging by eliminating makeup and lifestyle habits that are potentially contributing to wrinkles and thinning lips. Discover the factors that exacerbate aging and find out how you can counter them with a few lifestyle changes.
What Causes Your Lips To Age Prematurely?
“There are fat pads under the skin, cushioning the muscles and bones on the face,” says dermatologist Susan Van Dyke. “These give our faces a soft and rounded appearance associated with youthfulness. Lips are no exception. There are little fat pads in your lips and depending on your genetics can be thin or quite full naturally.”
The effects of time cause fat pads underneath your lips to shrink, break down and lose volume. If you have naturally thin lips, the effects of aging on your lips can be even more obvious. Moreover, the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid in your body slows down with age resulting in a loss of elasticity and suppleness. Environmental factors such as UV rays can break down skin cells causing your lips to form lines and creases.
Makeup & Lifestyle Habits To Avoid For Age-Defying Lips
Smoking: Repetitive puckering of your mouth when smoking cigarettes can accelerate collagen loss. This results in thinner lips and wrinkles on your upper lip. The habit of smoking has the effect of drying out your skin from the inside out as well, leading to extra stress on your lips which can speed up aging.
Insufficient Hydration: Dehydrated lips are in a stressed state and are more prone to peeling and cracking. They are also less able to defend against external aggressors such as free radicals and temperature fluctuations. Apply a moisturizing lip balm for instant hydration and soothing of chapped lips, and ensure that you drink sufficient water during the day.
“Staying hydrated and promoting the production of collagen by drinking [plenty of] of water, getting eight hours of sleep, taking a probiotic, taking a multivitamin, and using an SPF in your lip products when outside will help [keep your lips looking full],” recommends dermatologist Purvisha Patel.
Drying Lipstick Formulations: Lipsticks are not all created equal. Toss out lipsticks that are drying as they cause your lips to crack and peel resulting in an unpolished appearance. When applying a drying formulation, the tugging and pulling of your lips can cause fine lines and creases to form on your lips.
Lack Of Sun Protection: Damaging UV rays can speed up aging as they break down skin cells and inhibit collagen synthesis. Wherever possible, use lip products formulated with sun protection to shield your lips against the harmful effects of sun rays.
Use Lipsticks With Anti-Aging Ingredients: Anti-aging skincare should extend to your lip products as well. Our Satin Luxe Lipstick contains Jojoba Seed Oil that promotes collagen synthesis which helps to plump up your lips and combat signs of thinning lips caused by the natural process of aging.
Aging is a natural process that will surely change the way we look over time. However, we do not want our makeup and lifestyle habits to exacerbate aging and get in the way of looking glowingly beautiful at any age!