Searching for a lip care routine? Keep reading to find out how to keep your lips smooth and wrinkle-free this season.
As we age, our lips go through an aggressive physiological change. We’re used to hearing about the skin on our face sagging and getting more wrinkled, but the lips, in particular, can age you drastically. The orbicularis oris is a set of muscles that surrounds the lips and circles around the mouth. This muscle gets affected significantly during aging as it starts to atrophy, leading to sagging, drooping and increased fine lines and wrinkles. As with the rest of the face, we see a loss of subcutaneous fat and collagen which causes once voluminous lips to draw inward and deflate.
Also, the lips don’t have an oil producing epidermal layer like that of the face so the only real moisture it can get is from a routine that hydrates them properly. To combat these signs of aging, you need to have a consistent routine that will target the various different layers of complexity that comes with age.
Here’s a sample routine to get you started:
It’s time to start exfoliating! Exfoliation is natural process, and just as we need to do so for our face, the same goes for your lips. Especially in the winter! Once the colder weather hits, it’s a battle to avoid constant chapped lips. When the lips age, they tend to droop and move downward and studies suggest circulation can help to delay this trend and exfoliation is a great way to get the blood moving.
The Skinfood Avocado & Sugar Lip Scrub is perfect for this because it’s formulated with black sugar and a nourishing blend of shea butter and avocado oil. This formulation helps to exfoliate the lips all while leaving behind a lasting moisture. It works well for travel too! Just pop it in your bag and you’re good to go. Remember, you don’t want to exfoliate too much as this can lead to irritation and ultimately, the dreaded chapped lips. We suggest doing so at least one to two times a week to keep them looking smooth and hydrated.
Masks are not just for your face anymore. Once in awhile, it’s worth it to give your lips an extra boost. The Sally’s Box Friendly Berry Berry Lip Patch is a hydrogel mask that works to infuse your lips with a blend of glycerin and fruit extracts—like strawberry and blueberry—to naturally slough off dead skin cells. The addition of glycerin works wonders since it’s a humectant, which means it draws moisture from the air and binds it to your skin, helping to keep it hydrated longer.
Pro-tip: Try to use your anti-aging serums on your lips as well, especially those that contain peptides to help to stimulate collagen production. Adding those peptides into your routine will help to combat the loss of elasticity that leads to sagging. Check out the Hanskin Bio Origin the Ampoule Serum, which is a highly concentrated serum packed with saccharomyces ferment filtrate, peptides, and adenosine. These all work together to deeply nourish the skin, helping to smooth out fine lines as well as improve elasticity.
Moisturize + Protect
After all that exfoliation, you’ll want to moisturize to keep your lips smooth and protected from environmental and sun damage. If you want a little shine, go for the Skinfood Honeypot Lip Balm which works like a hydrating gloss. It also comes in adorable packaging that you won’t mind pulling out to re-apply throughout the day.
If you prefer, you can combine moisture plus SPF protection in one. At The Klog, we’re always preaching about the benefits of sun protection and your lips are no exception. It’s important to use a lip balm or lip tint with SPF included so you can protect them from sun damage. Lips are often overlooked during your normal SPF application, but ignoring this vital step will leave them exposed, which helps them age faster.
If you’re looking for a typical lip balm, the Missha Essential Care Lip Treatment with SPF 15 will work wonderfully. It’s packed with a hydrating blend of hyaluronic acid and ceramides that help to strengthen and protect your lips from premature aging. The addition of SPF 15 will help to create a barrier against damaging UV rays that destroy necessary collagen.
Another one to try that I really like is the Missha Wrinkle Care Stick Lip Balm with SPF 10. The balm is actually shaped like a traditional lipstick which makes it fun to use and super easy to apply. It also features adenosine and collagen to help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. The addition of jojoba oil and cocoa butter helps to lock in that moisture helping to fight against persistent chapped lips.
Your lips are just as important as the rest of your face and you should be taking care of them as such. This routine will help to keep them smooth, hydrated and protected, ensuring that they look as youthful as possible. Plus, following this routine has helped to make my favorite matte lipsticks (the Etude House Dear Blooming Lips Talk) apply easier and keep my lips hydrated all day long.