Between laughter, sulky pouting and cigarettes, lips are a prime area for wrinkles. The result: perfidious little furrows appear. It’s time to organize the fight.
Hygiene of life and anti-wrinkle cream
First emergency measure: avoid smoking. It is one of the major causes of wrinkles around the lips. Other factors are stress, pollution or the sun. These factors are also those that affect the beauty of our skin.
The lips therefore also obey the triptych of make-up removal-exfoliation-moisturization. Particularly fragile, this area therefore has points in common with the eye contour area. This is why it is possible to apply anti-wrinkle creams from the eye contour to the lip contour. The right rhythm: morning and evening.
Exfoliate the lip contour
Once or twice a week, exfoliating the lips helps boost microcirculation, reduce fine lines and get rid of dead skin.
Specific products are available on the market, but it is possible to use home-made recipes, provided they are not based on aggressive products. Sugar-honey or sugar-olive oil combinations work very well.
For those who are used to using a dry toothbrush, it is best to give up. Because this type of scrub is too abrasive.
Once the exfoliation step is completed, the area should be moisturized. You can use a facial mask to be applied in a thick layer to the contour of your lips. Rinse off after 20 minutes. And finish the treatment with the application of a colourless moisturizing lip balm. The most effective formulas contain shea butter or beeswax.
Make up your lips
Essential: the silicone-based pencil that prevents lipstick from running into fine lines. The advantage is that it is completely invisible. For those who make up their lips with gloss or lipsticks in light colours, it is an excellent tool.
If you prefer a coloured lip pencil, draw your lips, but don’t mark the corners of your mouth too hard, as you may create a “lip droop” effect. The choice of colour is crucial. Some shades make your teeth look white while others accentuate yellow teeth. Avoid orange shades and bold colours such as fuchsia, purple, bright pink gummy pink, and dull beige.
Choose pleasant textures
Lip gloss has its fans. For those with thin lips, because it gives volume. To wear it without fear, it is necessary to apply a line of silicone pencil on the lip contour. It is also advisable to choose it without a glitter effect, in rosewood, raspberry or grape shades, with a creamy texture that will have a shaping effect.
Satin reds are a very good option in the evening, as they maintain a correct level of hydration. On the other hand, matte reds are to be avoided, as they map the lips and draw attention to wrinkles.
Finally, a tip for glamorous lips: place a touch of gloss in the centre of your upper and lower lips to catch the light and create a delicate “mouth-to-mouth” effect.