Happy Friday ladies. I don’t know about you but wearing lipstick sure isn’t as easy as it used to be. Gone are the days when I can just swipe it on and go. Remember those days? I could apply my lipstick without using a mirror because I knew exactly where they were. That’s not a reality for me now because, after 50, my lips have thinned, lost pigment from sun exposure, and have vertical lines that cause my lipstick to bleed.
So are there solutions? It all starts with lip care and I have two words for you, exfoliate and moisturize.
With age, everything dries out, including your lips. That can cause flakes and an uneven surface which prevents your lipstick from going on smoothly. The skin on our face is often too fragile for a manual scrub over 50, but it’s the perfect solution for your lips.
Sugar lip scrubs make the most sense to me because they’re natural, taste good, and often organic.
I’m currently using this rose sugar scrub by Herbivore, which is so yummy that I don’t bother to wipe it off. I love a lot of things from this line because they are cruelty-free and have no nasty ingredients.
Sugar Lip Scrubs
After you exfoliate, you need to moisturize, just as you would the skin on your face. Look for products with shea butter, beeswax, cocoa butter, sea buckthorn, and hyaluronic acid which binds moisture to your skin. Many lip products contain good old Vaseline which is a petroleum product that may keep your lips soft but I’ve never wanted to wear or consume products made from petrochemicals. Here are some daytime treatments, serums, and overnight balms specifically targeted for the lips.
Over the counter lip plumpers have been popular for years. They usually contain an ingredient that tingles and helps to swell your lips subtly. The price range for these is wide so it helps to shop around.
There are also devices like this one and the ones below that use vacuum technology to create the appearance of more volume. I have no experience with these but more and more are hitting the market every day so they must be popular.
Fillers and Injectables
Lip fillers and injectables are other popular options. It’s critical you do your homework on this one. Go to a professional who has a lot of experience and see some of their work before you let them inject you. Not all filler is used to enlarge lips. It can be used to simply replace lost volume and fill large lines to prevent lip bleeding. If your goal is a natural look, find a conservative doctor, and start slow.
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Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.