SKIN 101

It's al­ways time to pucker up - here's how to get your lips in peak con­di­tion

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - CONTENTS -

WHY DO LIPS LOSE FULL­NESS?

LIPS START TO SHOW THE CHANGES OF AGE FROM THE EARLY 40s

Like the rest of the face, lips start to show changes due to age­ing from the early 40s. ‘Lips lose vol­ume due to de­hy­dra­tion and at­ro­phy of the sub­cu­ta­neous tis­sue,’ says Dr Jen­nifer Irvine from The Aes­thet­ics Cen­tre in Jo­han­nes­burg. ‘They also start los­ing full­ness due to the loss of un­der­ly­ing bone and den­tal sup­port.’

As with the rest of your skin, with age, you pro­duce less col­la­gen. This also causes your lips to lose their youth­ful full­ness, says Faye Mehl of Sk­inPhD cos­me­ceu­ti­cal skin­care prod­ucts. ‘ The ap­peal of plump lips is caused by col­la­gen, and age­ing is caused by the slow break­down of cel­lu­lar pro­cesses. Lips have a very trans­par­ent, thin out­er­most layer, which barely cov­ers the vul­ner­a­ble mu­cous mem­brane un­der­neath. To add to the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of the lip area, wa­ter loss on the lips is three to 10 times higher than other parts of the face or body.’

You can help com­bat the signs of age­ing and keep your lips look­ing full with tar­geted lip-care prod­ucts – look for ones with hyaluronic acid to hy­drate and re­plump.

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