Anti-aging tends to be focused on the most obvious parts of the face, such as smile lines and forehead wrinkles. Even though they are often overlooked, delicate areas like the neck and hands require similar anti-aging care. According to Dendy Engelman MD, FACSM and FAAD, a New York City dermatologist, lips are prone to losing collagen and showing signs of aging.
Dr. Engelman says that collagen production drops by 1 percent every year after age 20. She says that the signs of aging around your lips start to appear between 30-40 years old for most people. “Many patients find it to be a significant contributor in their perception of ageing.” These signs include thinner, wrinkled lips and lines around the mouth.
There are lip products that have been specifically designed with anti-aging in minds. Dr. Engelman recommends that you look for ceramides (for protecting against environmental aggressors and locking in moisture), peptides, hyaluronic acids, and/or coconut oils in the ingredient lists.
Dr. Engelman recommends that you choose hydration regardless of the product. He also suggests that keeping your lips moisturized and nourished will help them look fuller and more defined. Here are some anti-aging lip products that you can purchase right now.
- Verso Lip Serum, $65, AMAZON.COM
This anti-aging lip product is a top choice for Dr. Engelman. She explains that Verso’s Lip Serum is her favorite retinol product. It contains a Retinol 8 derivative, which effectively reduces the appearance and severity of wrinkles around the mouth. Although the retinol derivative is gentler on the lips than traditional ingredients, those with sensitive skin should still use it with caution.
- Lanolips 101 Ointment Multipurpose, Superbalm, $17, AMAZON.COM
Dr. Engelman recommends Lanolips 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm, which is essential for hydration. She explains that this lip balm is capable of holding 200 percent of its weight in moisture. It is also formulated with Lanolips’ proprietary lanolin which is three times more pure than medical-grade. Regular use, as well as occasional use, will quickly heal and plump your dry, thin lips.
- Revision Skincare YouthFull Lip Replenisher, $35, DERMSTORE.COM
This tube is packed with hyaluronic and super moisturizing ingredients such as vitamin E and shea butter. It targets multiple signs of aging including color loss and fine lines. One customer was very pleased to share that she is embarrassed to admit how many tubes she has purchased. Its ability to stick on for hours, plumping, hydrating and revitalizing the lips’ texture and tone was praised by the reviewer. They stated that their only complaint was the lack of a punch card as they would be “buried” in this lip treatment.
- PCA SKIN Hyaluronic acid Lip Booster, $46, DERMSTORE.COM
The anti-aging lip product from PCA does all the things a good balm does, and more. It moisturizes your lips and then uses its humectant components to lock in the moisture. The booster provides subtle long-term volume by filling in the lips with its soothing properties. One user shared that the booster is so effective, they no longer use other products. “I apply it at bedtime and I wake up feeling rosy, hydrated, and full of volume. It looks beautiful on my lips and I can wear it all day without lipstick or lip gloss.”
- Cle De Peau Beaute Lip Serum, $95, NORDSTROM.COM
Cle de Peau’s Lip Serum is another anti-aging product that makes use of hyaluronic acids’ benefits. It comes with a metal tip which can be used to massage the serum into your lips, increasing plumpness and enhancing your skin’s natural oils. One customer shared that they noticed a firming of their lips, no chapping and a slight increase in plumpness due to moisture retention after using the first tube.
- Paula’s Choice Anti Aging Lip Gloss SPF40, $19, PAULASCHOICE.COM
This lip treatment has SPF 40, which is an important principle of anti-aging. This also has a rare-for-the-product-category sheer pink tint, which shoppers praise for giving their lips a boost of vitality. Many customers have shared their satisfaction with this product, including one who wrote, “Normally, I wouldn’t spend that much for a gloss, but my lips were driving and nothing was working.” The reviewer added that they have never had any problems with their lips since using the product. “I’ve used at least four tubes so far and will order again.”
- StriVectin Double fix for Lips Plumping and. Vertical Line Treatment, $39, ULTA.COM
StriVectin offers a double-ended lip serum that is two-for-one. To plump your lips, one end is used to moisturize and fill in any lines. The other ends are used to contour your lips and skin around the edges to reduce fine lines. Many reviewers agree that StriVectin serum delivers what it claims. One customer commented, “I was impressed with how the serum plumpened my lips without irritating and burning.” “This product is amazing. It makes my lips feel plump and fuller than before.”