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