If you've noticed fine vertical lines around your lips when you look in the mirror, what you've witnessed is a natural part of the aging process. Lack of collagen and reduced skin elasticity may result in these wrinkles over time. If you smoke, frequently purse your lips or spend considerable time in the elements, you're likely to experience this problem. Although these superficial lines are harmless, you may want to restore your lips to a fuller state and reduce, or eliminate, lip wrinkles as much as possible. There are several methods available to return your lips to their youthful appearance.
Practice proper hydration techniques. Drink at least eight 8-oz. glasses of water each day to moisturize your skin from the inside out. Use a therapeutic, moisturizing lip balm on your lips frequently and a daily facial moisturizer to restore moisture from the outside and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Consult a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist to receive filler injections. Injection of material such as collagen, your own fat cells, polymers and hyaluronic acids are all options for a temporary fix to lip wrinkles. Results vary and can last anywhere from two to six months. Side effects such as bruising, pain, swelling and redness are possible.
Exfoliate the skin around your lips often. Use a grainy facial scrub to remove surface skin cells and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Wash the area with the scrub in a horizontal manner to offset the appearance of vertical lines.
Apply products containing alpha hydroxy acid to the area. Alpha hydroxy acid is commonly used on skin to reverse the effects of aging. Start slowly with these products to avoid skin irritation and then increase to more frequent use. Always apply sunscreen after using these products.
Smile often. Smiling is the direct opposite of the pursing and puckering movements that create fine lines around the mouth. By smiling often, you smooth the skin around your lips and counteract wrinkles.
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