[By Maria Lim]
Alongside gorgeous eyes, beautiful full lips can be the difference between ‘average’ and ‘amazing. With a little loving care, your lips can be perfect in no time. Follow these steps and then pucker up!
Smooth away fine lines
Think of your lips as a sponge, they absorb water and plump up when exposed to moisture, but when dehydrated, they dry out and shrink. The skin on the lips is also thinner and has no oil glands, making them more susceptible to the elements.
Remember to always drink enough water to keep the body, skin and lips hydrated. To replenish lost moisture and amp up hydration on the lips, you can use a lip serum such as Sloane Inc Lip Fabulosity Serum, which contains squalene that will plump the lips up from within. Follow up by applying a lip balm which contains hydrating ingredients like shea butter, jojoba or beeswax such as La Mer The Lip Balm, to lock in the moisture.
If you have tried the best lip balm on the market and you are still suffering from chapped lips, not to worry. Give some much needed hydration and nourishment to your lips with The Sloane Clinic’s Revitalift Lips treatment. “An ultra fine hyaluronic acid is introduced into your puckers via a series of microinjections to revitalize and rejuvenate dull, chapped and lined lips without overtly amping up their volume or size.” explains Dr Toby Hui, The Sloane Clinic.
Slough away flakes
You probably already exfoliate your face and body regularly but do you know that your lips can benefit from this treatment too? Turn over those epidermal cells and stimulate new collagen to slow down the aging process of the lips by using a dedicated lip scrub.
We like the Sloane Inc Lip Fabulosity Scrub, which contains extra fine crystals that gently exfoliates the lips without hurting or tearing the skin. Apart from clearing off accumulated debris, it can also reduce any discolouration. As lips are also susceptible to sunburn since they lack melanin, apply a layer of a sun-protective product daily like Neutrogena Lip Moisturiser SPF 15 or look for a lipstick with SPF.
Plump up the Volume
Envious of Angelina Jolie’s perfect pout? Overdrawing the lip line by using a lip liner in a shade slightly darker than your lipstick or using lip plumping glosses might do the trick but for long term lip plumping, you will need to visit your aesthetic doctor for a hyaluronic acid filler. Kiss your lean, thin lips good bye with filler injections to create the beautiful looking lips you desire!