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What causes Lip Lines?

By Cynthia Bailey MD.

Vertical wrinkles around the mouth are dynamic wrinkles, also called smoker’s lines, because of the dynamic pursing action of sucking on a cigarette for years.

Smoking is not necessary for the lines, but pursing and movement of the very dynamic mouth is. The muscles under the skin around the lips (called the perioral area of your face) encircle your mouth. When you whistle, pucker your lips, talk, sip from a straw etc., these muscles contract and wrinkle the overlying skin. Over time, as skin thins, the wrinkles are etched into the skin. At first they are fine. Eventually they deepen. Hence, they are caused by dynamic muscular movement.

How to reduce wrinkles around the mouth?

Best skin care products and creams to reduce lip lines.

Use skin creams and serums that stimulate skin collagen renewal. These will build up lost collagen to help thin lip skin wrinkle less. Proven ingredients include,

  1. Retinoids (retinol and prescription tretinoin)
  2. Glycolic acid
  3. Vitamin C

How do you get rid of lip lines fast?

Skin serums and creams that plump skin get rid of lip lines fast.

Holding water in the layers of your skin gives immediate results. Use products rich in hyaluronic acid (which can hold 1000 times its weight in water!), sodium PCA (also called NaPCA, part of your skin’s Natural Moisturizing Factor) and glycerin. These act like sponges to hold water into your skin immediately. The best choice is my Instantly Luminous Multi-Action Serum that is rich in these 3 water binding ingredients.

Exfoliate and brighten skin to get rid of lip lines fast.

Brighten skin immediately to create a dewy, reflective glow, and the deep shadows in lip lines will be less noticeable.

Sun protection helps prevent lip lines.

Skin thins over your lifetime primarily from sun exposure. Prevent additional skin thinning with the use of daily broad spectrum sunscreen. Don’t go outside without it! The best protection comes from mineral zinc oxide broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen worn every day. If you wear makeup, dust pure mineral makeup powder on top for additional scattering of UV rays. We won’t say it is a sunscreen, but it helps your sunscreen to work better.

Why are women more prone to lip lines (smoker’s lines) than men?

A women’s skin is thinner. Also, men shave daily and this has been shown to help thicken skin and reduce the risk of wrinkles over time.

Dermatologist’s Skin Care Routine to Fight Lip Lines

You get the best result fighting lip lines with a combination of products that physically and chemically exfoliate your skin, combined with deep skin hydrators and collagen boosting skin creams and serums, all topped with daily broad spectrum sunscreen.

Remember, you get the best results with Complete Skin Care that involves the 4 essential skin care steps of

  1. Cleanse
  2. Correct
  3. Hydrate
  4. Protect.

Best skin care to fight lip lines

CLEANSE with exfoliating sponges, cleansers or scrubs. Options include Bamboo and Clay Thermal Exfoliation Scrub twice a week in the morning. Triple Action Exfoliation Cleanser daily if you have tolerant skin. Otherwise use an Exfoliation Facial Sponge and your favorite gentle cleanser.

CORRECT lip lines by hydrating them deeply every morning using Instantly Luminous Multi-Action Serum. Let the serum dry, then top with Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy (to fight free radical induced collagen destruction), Vitamin C Anti-Wrinkle Serum (to build collagen and fight free radical collagen destruction), Glycolic Acid Face Cream (if you have tolerant skin). At night apply Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream right after washing. Top with Glycolic Acid Face Cream if you have tolerant skin.

HYDRATE by applying Daily Face Cream matched to your skin type, Glycolic Acid Face Cream, or my Natural Lotion or Natural Butter. At night, you can boost skin lipid replenishment by mixing your moisturizer with one of my Facial Booster Oils.

PROTECT by topping your lip line fighting products with a broad spectrum SPF 30+ zinc oxide sunscreen matched to your skin type. Apply mineral makeup powder on top if you wear makeup.  

This is a powerful skin care routine to fix and prevent lip lines.

Dermatologist's advice to help you pick the right products for your skin to fight lip lines

On my products you will notice blue, green and oranges bands on each of my product labels. These help you understand which product are better tolerated by sensitive skin and which products have ingredients that may be tricky for some skin types. 

A BLUE BAND means that even people with the most sensitive skin are usually able to tolerate these products.

AN ORANGE BAND means that the ingredients may can be irritating for some people. These would include ingredients such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, retinol etc. You need to think about how your skin might tolerate these ingredients.

A GREEN BAND means the formulation is often made with organic ingredients and is natural overall.