Our lips are one of the first places to show signs of aging— yet we’re quick to neglect them.
By Jenna Rosenstein
Lips are often left out of the anti-aging conversation. Yet it’s volume loss and lines around the mouth that are some of the earliest signs of aging. “A number of key changes occur in lips with age,” says Dr. Macrene Alexiades, a dermatologist in New York City. Most lips will lose their volume and definition over time, but lines and wrinkles are more commonly found in smokers, those with pale skin, and those with increased exposure to the sun. “Lines can also be worse due to muscular movement in those who smoke and purse when they speak,” says Macrene. “And most concerning, some women develop pre-cancers on the lip called actinic cheilitis.” So if your current lip care routine just involves a swipe of lip balm whenever they’re feeling chapped, there’s definitely more you could be doing to make your lips look younger, fresher, and more plump. Here, three top New York City dermatologists spill the tips and tricks for anti-aging your lips.
These new, souped-up lip balms deliver anti-aging ingredients and hydration right to wear you need it most. Verso’s Lip Serum is the only one we’ve found that contains a derivative of retinol, the powerhouse ingredient known for increasing collagen production and fading dark spots. The problem is, retinol can be irritating when applied straight to the lips (so keep your prescription-strength cream off your mouth for the time being). But Verso’s formula contains a gentle derivative, called Retinol 8, that can reduce the appearance of fine lines around the mouth overtime. Dr. Macrene’s 37 Actives High Performance Anti-Aging And Filler Lip Treatment is packed with ceramides, hyaluronic acid, peptides, over 20 antioxidants, and intense hydrators like coconut oil to leave lips looking discernibly more full. “Within days your lips get gradually plumper, and without a needle,” says Dr. Macrene. “The hyaluronic acid and collagen stimulation gives a more natural look than injections.” And then there’s Restorsea Pro LipMagic, which claims to dissolve a layer of skin that forms over the lip as we age (it’s also packed with anti-aging ingredients like Vitamin C and brown algae). Swipe it on liberally a few times each day, and in about two weeks’ time, your lips should look a little softer, smoother, and more defined.