The only immediate but longer-lasting solution for thinning lips is an injectable filler, like Restylane and Juvederm. (It costs about $600 per syringemost patients require one or twoevery six months.) But dont worryyou dont necessarily need fillers for your lips. By protecting them from the sun, keeping them moisturized and applying a collagen-stimulating treatment, you can tailor your daily skincare routine to create fuller, younger-looking lips, says Jeanette Graf, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. Heres how:
Every morning Dryness highlights thin lips, so use a lip moisturizer with hydrating ingredients like vitamin E or shea butter, as well as SPF 30, since sun can also speed up the thinning process. Dont just use your regular lotion on your lips, says Ellen Marmur, M.D., a cosmetic dermatologist in New York City. Hydrating lip balms are waxier, so that they really stick to the skin there and continue to deliver moisture. You might also want to consider making your daily wear lipstick one that comes formulated with peptides, which can stimulate collagen production over time.
Every night Just like youd invest in an eye cream for crows feet or crepiness, you might want to consider an anti-aging treatment for your lips. Most are formulated to smooth and soften all over, but ingredients like hyaluronic acid, peptides, retinols or phytoestrogens can boost collagen production, adding fullness and firmness over time. Slather it on at night and let it work its magic.
Quickie! Go red Recent research actually showed that a redder lip makes women look younger. Why? It creates a strong contrast against the rest of your facial features and skin tone.