Style & Beauty

Anti-aging Lips

The lips have it

The eyes are often hailed as showing the first signs of aging, but the lip and perioral region can develop some of the most dramatic structural and visual aging signs, i.e., laugh lines become more pronounced, marionette lines cause the face to look sad/angry, feather lines are more exaggerated and the vermillion border/cupid’s bow can thin out and age. Causes can include repetitive movements (i.e. smoking, drinking through a straw, etc.), facial expressions (smiling, pursing, etc.), excessive dryness and constant dehydration, environmental factors (such as pollution) and inadequate sun protection.

So, what can you do? Dermalogica has introduced Nightly Lip Treatment and also enlisted the help of New York-based celebrity dermatologist, Dr. Whitney Bowe, who is here to help provide her expertise for this issue, which she often sees in her office. Below are some of the steps she recommends to help reverse visible signs of lip aging, helping to slow down the clock.

Increase hydration: At night, the body experiences more water loss due to increased body temperatures.

Repair the protective barrier of the skin: Improving the barrier function of lip skin also leads to improved hydration, protection and helps the skin repairing process.

Improve skin elasticity and restore volume: It helps to think of our lips like a sponge. By restoring hydration to the lips, they increase in volume; when dehydrated, they decrease in volume.

Soothe and smooth to calm irritation: Preventing inflammation can decrease aging.

Protect your skin: Sun protection every morning is key for the lips and the area around the lips. Also, practice double cleansing at night to remove pollution from the skin, not drinking through a straw and not smoking.

Target aging at night: Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment complements your body’s fluctuations for fuller, smoother lips by morning. Using the right products to protect and nourish your lips is essential for keeping your lips youthful and healthy.

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