Soft pillowy lips are a sure sign of youth, but what is it that makes this feature age over time? As we age, the muscles and tendons that hold our mouths in a pleasant position start to become weak, and our mouths slowly turn down at the corners," says aesthetic dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD. "A turned-down mouth adds age to the face and makes you appear unhappy or angry even when you're not." While fillers and injectables may be an option for some, we're looking to less aggressive ways to turn back the clock on our smiles.
This lip treatment ($24, miracleskintransformer.com) is full of anti-aging, lip filling peptides which plump up the lips to make them appear softer and younger. The treatment (which comes in a range of colors, as well as a clear version) is also infused with mint, for a refreshing kick. Face Serums for Every Skin Woe
Called the "needle-less lip injection," this lip mask ($48, kaplanmd.com) combines marine collagen with hyaluronic acid for reduced lines around the mouth. Fruit enzymes also help to exfoliate lips overnight for a smoother morning. DIY Beauty Recipes for Softer Skin
This new lip balm ($20, nyakio.com) is infused with African kola nut, marula oil, trichilia oil and honey to hydrate the lips. Thankfully, these ingredients are also packed with antioxidants, so they're able to fight off the free radicals that cause lips to look older than they really are. Skin Mistakes That Make You Look Older