Are your lips dry, dull or chapped?
Maybe they look fine and you want to naturally improve their size?
Either way this is the post for you…
This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about lip plumpers including how they work, how to use them properly, which ones work the best, what side effects to look out for and other tips and tricks to enhance your lip volume.
Let’s jump in:
I probably don’t need to tell you
Your lips are a central and very important cosmetic feature on your face because from a scientific standpoint they stand out due to the changes in skin texture and color of the surrounding skin.
Study after study has shown that the appearance of the lips is a very important factor for determining the aesthetic perception of the female face.
With this in mind it’s easy to understand why you would want to spend some time trying to improve the cosmetic value of your lips!
We also know that your lips tend to become more flat and more thin as you age (or as you damage your skin from photo-damage).
This has lead many people (and even scientists) to start developing products designed to enhance the size and appearance of the lips.
The end result is a product known as “lip plumpers”.
These products help to improve the size of the lips, the texture and the softness.
Basically they make your lips look bigger, more full, more plump and softer.
But how do these products actually work?
Because the skin of the lips is different from the surrounding tissues it is much more susceptible to damage – especially from the elements.
Your lips therefore tend to dry out, become chapped and even lose their color or luster faster than other areas of your face.
These small and subtle changes can actually be blunted or stopped by using certain ingredients or compounds.
These compounds help to restore moisture directly to your lips which in turns help them retain their plumpness and color.
Ingredients which have been shown in clinical studies to have this effect on your lips include niacin, emollients, hyaluronic acid, human growth factors, marine filling spheres and tripeptide growth factors.
Basically any product that contains any (or all) of those ingredients WILL help to improve your lip volume.
When we talk about lip plumpers there are basically two categories to discuss.
The first is the lip plumpers that are topical such as glosses, creams and gels (this article focuses mostly on these types).
The second type of lip plumpers include the injectables which often contain hyaluronic acid.
We won’t focus on the injectables much in this guide simply because they tend to be much more expensive than glosses and gels and they tend to carry with them risks that gels do not have.
The average cost for lip injections ranges from about $500 to $2,000 per injection and even these injections do not last forever (your body eventually “eats” up the hyaluronic acid).
In addition because they are injectables they carry with them a small risk of infection.
Injectables are very nice, however, for those people who aren’t concerned about money or for those who have a hard time remembering to apply gels/creams and glosses on a daily basis (in order for lip plumpers to work you must be consistent!).
Another added benefit to the injectables is that they provide almost IMMEDIATE results whereas the plumpers listed here may take several weeks to kick in completely.
Regardless of which route you choose just make sure that you pick the route that you are most comfortable with.
I’ve included a list of pros and cons of using lip plumpers and why they are my preferred route:
If you’re still ready to jump in then I’ve provided what I consider to be some of the best lip plumpers on the market based on their ingredient list and their reviews.
Each of the lip plumpers listed below also include scientifically studied results which have been shown to work in most people.
The key to choosing the right lip plumper is to find one that works for YOUR body and this may take some trial and error – so don’t be afraid to jump into one and give it a try for a few weeks.
If it doesn’t work then changes are high that one of the others will.
First on the list of high quality lip plumpers is the Just Kissed lip plumper by Jane Iredale.
One of the reasons that this plumper is so effective is because it uses a lot of essential oils and natural products found primarily in plants.
It also contains natural vitamins which help to naturally hydrate and give volume to the lips.
This lip plumper works great with an average rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars.
This will work in about 70-80% of people.
The benefit to using this lip plumper is that it does NOT contain as many chemical compounds and inactive ingredients as other lip plumpers.
It’s also a more natural approach to plumping the lips with many botanical (plant) based ingredients.
Grande lips works through a different mechanism when compared to other products because it contains a special ingredient known as sodium hyaluronate.
Sodium hyaluronate is a form of hyaluronic acid which is used primarily to help hold moisture and bring hydration back to the skin.
The sodium hyaluronate form is a special form which is much smaller and is better absorbed into the skin when compared to hyaluronic acid which means that it brings even more moisture to the area.
In addition this product contains both caffeine and Niacin which help to bring in blood flow and provide a plumpness to the skin.
You probably know about Niacin because if you take too much of it by mouth you may end up getting an extreme “flush”.
So imagine this happening to your lips but in a much smaller scale!
You’ve probably also experienced the rush you can get when consuming caffeine (both mentally and physically) so you can imagine this benefit on your lips as well.
The combination of hydration, moisture and blood flow all work together to plump your lips when using this combination.
Grande Lips has an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars.
This doesn’t mean it doesn’t work or that it’s a bad product, instead it means that it is less likely to work for all people.
It still works and works well (I’ve used it and it works for me!) but it seems that not everyone gets the same benefit.
It may take some trial and error to determine which lip plumper works well for you.
The good news is that lip plumpers (especially when compared to other cosmetic products) tend to be relatively cheap.
So it may take an investment of $40-50 total to figure out which one works for you.
One disadvantage to this lip plumper is that it does contain more chemical ingredients when compared to other products.
If you tend to be very sensitive to chemical ingredients then it may be a better option to start with a more natural product like the one listed above.
Jouer essential lip enhancer is kind of a hybrid between the other two lip plumpers already listed here.
This product helps to promote lip plumpness with hydrating and natural ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, shea butter and jojoba seed oil but it also contains a special ingredient known as Maxi-lip.
Maxi-lip is designed to help promote the natural synthesis and creation of GAG’s or glycosaminoglycans.
These are special compounds which help absorb and hold water.
So the idea here is that these ingredients help your lips naturally retain water like the other products but in a slightly different way.
Essential lip enhancer helps your body naturally produce its own Hylauronic acid as opposed to directly providing it.
Jouer essential lip enhancer has an average rating of 4.1 stars out of 5.0.
Like the other products listed here it tends to work well, but it really depends on the person.
One thing worth pointing out is that this is more of a cream/conditioner than a lip gloss when compared to the other products.
It also may need to be used 3x per day compared to twice per day with the other products.
When it comes to plumping up your lips you HAVE to be consistent with the application of whichever product you decide to use.
Should you be concerned about using lip plumpers?
Does improving the size and look of your lips come at a cost?
It may surprise you to know that these products are surprisingly well tolerated!
That means that most people who use them do not experience any negative side effects.
But, like anything, it really depends on the person.
Urticaria is a hives like reaction that occurs when the body comes into contact with certain chemicals or ingredients.
The good news is that this reaction is not very common and the treatment is to stop using the product which will cure the problem rapidly.
The only other negative side effect that you may experience is that you may not see your desired results!
This has less to do with the product and more to do with how you react to it.
Just realize that as long as you aren’t putting anything INSIDE of your lips or your skin the risk of any negative side effect is very low.
What about lip plumping devices? How do these compare to lip plumping products?
Lip plumping devices work by applying a suction cup like effect with a sustained pressure (and sometimes a vibratory component) which act to bring blood flow up to the surface of your lips and into the capillaries.
Your capillaries represent the endpoint between your arteries and veins and that is where your body exchanges oxygen.
The goal with these devices is to create a “swollen” or “plump” look in your lips that mimics what would occur if you had a bruise (without the discoloration!).
The idea is that you can control the amount of stimulation to the area without causing any negative reaction or bruising discoloration.
Most of the time they do work, but the benefits are VERY short lived.
If you choose this route be prepared to use your lip plumping device somewhat frequently because the results only last a few hours to days.
These devices may be good to use if you have a special event because they tend to work more quickly than topical products.
It’s also worth pointing out that topical products do not last forever either, they typically last weeks to months and in order to maintain your results you must continue with the product.
Is there anything else you can do to plump up your lips?
There are some other tips that you can take advantage of that may help you to improve your results.
Note though, that these things don’t necessarily plump your lips up by themselves but they can and should be done in addition to using a lip plumper!
The first thing you should do is HYDRATE.
By hydration I mean drinking plenty and plenty of water.
The “chapped” look that some lips get may be due to dehydration and poor nutrition status!
You can fight this appearance by drinking plenty of water.
Not only is water healthy for your body it is also amazing for your skin.
Sometimes just drinking 8 glasses of water each day is enough to clear up the skin and plump it up.
The second thing you should do is moisturize your lips with something like Vitamin E Oil.
You’ll notice that some of the lip plumping products above (at least 2 of them) ALSO contain Vitamin E.
But you can take it one step further by adding in high potency Vitamin E oil that you apply directly to your lips.
High concentrations of Vitamin E can help to moisturize the skin, reduce inflammation and may protect the skin from aging.
The last thing you’ll want to do is avoid damaging your lips Avoid excessive sunlight!
Excessive sunlight can damage the skin on your lips and may also create the chapped appearance that everyone wants to avoid.
If you go out in the sun make sure to use a high quality sun block and make sure to use protection like a large brimmed hat!
Lip plumper products are an easy and effective way to give you plump and soft lips.
They can be used in combination with other facial products and they are VERY well tolerated.
These products usually provide results in as little as a few weeks and most people who use them have at least some improvement (up to 80% of people).
If you aren’t sure where to start then I usually recommend using a more natural and plant based formula which has fewer chemical ingredients.
But now I want to hear from you:
What is your lip regimen?
Have you tried any of the plumpers on this list?
What has your experience been?
Leave a comment below!
It IS possible to turn back the clock and reverse the signs of aging.
All it takes is the right knowledge and the right application of certain high quality products (and some other changes) to get it right.
In this guide I will walk you through the best wrinkle fillers of 2017 that actually work to reduce those fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and “sun spots”.
Let’s dive in:
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It’s something every single one of us will have to deal with at some point in our lives.
But what if we could do something about it?
What if you could SLOW down the aging process and turn back the clock 5, 10 or 15 years?
Thanks to some amazing science and some very high quality products, that dream can now become a reality.
So to answer the question:
Are wrinkle fillers too good to be true?
The answer is definitely a resounding NO.
Wrinkle fillers can actually work, but you have to use the right ones that are both high in quality and contain enough of the active ingredients to help your skin.
To understand how these special creams and fillers can help with your wrinkles we need to understand WHY we have wrinkles in the first place.
And this is where things get interesting…
It’s estimated that 90% of the signs of aging and getting older can be attributed to one thing:
Sun damage (otherwise known as photodamage).
The dermatologists like to refer to it as photodamage so we will too.
Photodamage results in several changes that make your skin look older:
To illustrate this point I have included the various stages of aging as it relates to sun damage below:
You can clearly see the decline in the subcutaneous tissue, the addition of wrinkles, the change in tissue texture and the alteration in the skin tone as you progress from grade 1 through 8.
What’s even more interesting is that much of this damage can occur simply due to sun damage, not necessarily just from age.
In fact studies have shown that a higher percentage of sun damage will actually make you look older!
This graph easily outlines what happens with chronic sun exposure.
You can see that with just a small amount of sun exposure (in this case about 3-5%) a woman will look 3 years older.
On the flip side, a reduction in sun exposure by 3-5% will make a woman look 3 years YOUNGER.
Now we are talking and this gives us a way to reverse the clock.
If we focus on healing photo damage, reducing sun exposure and by “plumping” up the skin we can create a serum that actually reverses the aging process.
And that’s exactly how these wrinkle fillers work.
They actually reverse sun damage and provide the right nutrients to help regrow your collagen (more on that later).
Is photo damage the only cause of aging?
Not so fast.
There are also many other factors that attribute to that last 10%…
Other factors that lead to rapid aging and wrinkles:
I’ve included these here just to make sure you know about them. Because if you are still smoking, or not taking any hair skin or nails vitamins then you need to get on top of those ASAP.
The wrinkle fillers we are going to talk about definitely work, but they are better if they are used as part of a whole treatment plan that includes a healthy diet, serums, lots of water and some vitamins.
We also need to spend a quick minute talking about dermal fillers and about over the counter wrinkle fillers.
Over the counter wrinkle fillers work by changing the STRUCTURE of your skin.
They help your skin to naturally regrow and reverse the signs of aging by using special ingredients, vitamins and serums.
Dermal fillers, on the other hand, work by simply adding in a collagen like substance straight into certain areas of your face.
They are synthetically created and then injected under the skin to provide immediate results.
Which kind of treatment should you get?
I’m a fan of using the all natural approach because it’s more healthy, but I also understand the need for some people to use the fillers.
It’s also a good idea to consider using BOTH at the same time, because you will get the best bang for your buck and you will get immediate results.
OTC Wrinkle Fillers benefits:
Dermal fillers benefits:
One is not necessarily better than the other.
Because of that make sure you take a long look at the pros and cons and determine which will be best for YOUR body.
If you’ve decided to at least learn more about the serums (great choice!) then continue reading and we will go over which ones ACTUALLY work.
If you want to find a wrinkle filler that works you need to look for some special ingredients.
Because only certain ingredients (and certain volumes) help to reverse the signs of aging and get rid of those wrinkles.
One of the most beneficial anti-aging ingredients is high quality Vitamin C.
Vitamin C in the L-ascorbic acid form at 20% concentration and at a pH of 3.5 has been clinically proven to reduce those wrinkles.
In addition to Vitamin C high quality anti oxidants and anti inflammatory agents (like olive oil extract, Vitamin C + E) can help reduce DNA damage from the sun.
Other products contain specialized galactomannans that have been shown to help your skin absorb and retain moisture to provide a “plump” look.
Right up there in terms of importance is Retinol.
Retinol is a form of Vitamin A (which can be used along with Vitamin C) can has been shown to increase collagen production in the skin and even out skin tones.
As you can see there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” approach to reducing your wrinkles.
But rest assured that ALL of the products listed below contain the all important ingredients listed above in high enough dosages to help provide the anti-aging look you are searching for.
If you see Professional Beauty or Luxury Beauty you can rest assured that you are getting the REAL deal, not some knock off product.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s jump into my favorite products:
High quality with studied ingredients and science to back it up
Price is higher than other brands
I personally use this product but do switch between other products on occasion
If you are looking for a product to apply to your entire face and neck area then use this one:
If you are looking for a product directly for the eyes and “crows feet” then use this product:
I’ve found that woman over the age of 40 tend to do better with this particular brand.
If you are younger than 40, or have very oily skin, then the other preparations listed below will likely serve you better.
Next up is a product from meaningful beauty and endorsed by Cindy Crawford.
I generally tend to avoid products with celebrity endorsements, but if they work they work.
And this product tends to work well for a certain sub group of people.
Younger women under the age of 40 with oily skin.
Reviews for this product are very positive, but like all products you want to make sure you are getting the REAL DEAL!
Most of the poor reviews you see out there come from people who received the fake product.
Another interesting fact is that in a 12-week consumer perception study (not the best study I know) the vast majority of people who used the Ultra lifting and filling treatment experienced several benefits including:
While this isn’t necessarily hard data, it’s always helpful to know that products help the majority of people that use them.
It’s also important to realize that simply by increasing moisture in your skin you can also reduce some fine lines and wrinkles.
High quality with high quality ingredients
Great price and value for ingredients
Not my favorite but has worked well for my friends
As you’ve probably noticed each product has a slightly different design and way to help reduce wrinkles.
This next product isn’t different.
Instead of focusing on regrowth of collagen it promotes an increase in epidermal moisture resulting in more “plump” skin that “fills out” the existing wrinkles.
The benefit to using this kind of approach is that it works VERY quickly and results are seen within a few weeks.
I’ve included it here because the combination of this hydration product plus Professional-C (also by Obagi) is something I used for a long time and it works well.
Very high quality (Obagi products are used in dermatology & plastic surgery offices)
The price is higher, but in this case you get what you pay for
Can be used with other facial creams and products
Use this product if you want to improve the texture and quality of your entire face:
If you are interested in just the eye area or around your “frown” lines then this product is better:
Last up on the high quality list is Obagi Professional-C Serum.
Vitamin C pretty much HAS to be a part of your skin regimen in some form or another.
Because no other ingredient (well except for Retinol) has been studied as much as Vitamin C and has been proven time and time again to increase collagen, even out skin tones, reduce photo damage by acting as an anti-oxidant and improve the texture of your skin.
This effect is so important I’ve written extensively about how to pick out the best vitamin C serum (including which products to purchase and which to avoid).
You can read the full guide here.
Contains high concentrations of L-ascorbic acid but no other ingredients
High price, but high quality
Why I Love it
Definitely works but may be better for women older than 40 or women with oily skin
The approach you take and which serums you use is largely dependent upon YOUR skin and YOUR goals.
Because this process can be tricky and does require some element of trial and error, I’ve included my personal regimen below.
Just realize that this was the result of lots of trial and error on my part and it fits my needs perfectly (I’m trying to prevent damage from occurring!).
My recommended combination and what I use:
I never said looking younger was cheap, but if you follow this guide you will at least look 10 years younger than all of the woman you know.
If you have questions about my personal regimen please leave them below 🙂
Not all wrinkle fillers are created equally.
When it comes to skin care products you generally get what you pay for.
I know it can be tempting to get a cheap
Many of the cheaper products contain low concentrations of active ingredients and cheap fillers that may make your skin react.
I’ve found it’s best to stick to high quality ingredients and brands that tell you EXACTLY what is in their products (and the amounts).
Avoid products that have lots of reviews from giving away the product for free.
As I mentioned above, you also need to take other steps if you want your skin to look young and healthy.
Believe me when I say that the woman who make your headstop are ALSO doing these things, and they shouldn’t come as a secret.
If you are interesting in looking and FEELING younger make sure you follow these steps as well:
One of the best things you can do is get 8 hours of sleep.
Lack of sleep leads to weight gain, more stress and even high blood sugar!
Let your brain and body relax EVERY night and make it a priority. Your skin will thank you.
Hydration is important for skin texture but also for cleansing your body.
One of the best ways to keep your skin nice and plump is with up to 1 gallon of water each and every day.
Couple this with exercise that builds up a good sweat and your skin will look refreshed every day.
We got just done mentioning that sun exposure is responsible for 90% of the aging process, so this one is really important.
But not ALL sun is bad sun.
It’s actually necessary to get some Vitamin D from the sun.
To get the sun you need spend time only in the sun during the hours of Noon to 2pm and only for 10-20 minutes at a time.
Other times of the day you should protect your skin because the suns rays contain more UVA rays which can cause the photodamage that leads to aging.
Eating whole foods will help increase nutrients in your body and maintain proper hormones.
Eating pizza, dairy, refined carbs and sugar can lead to acne, weight gain and other inflammatory skin conditions like rosacea.
If you want to pick a diet start with the paleo diet and figure out what works best for you from there!
Hormone imbalances like hypothyroidism, estrogen dominance and PCOS lead to big changes in your skin.
These conditions lead to very difficult to treat hormonal acne that requires more than just topical ingredients.
If you don’t have normal hormone balance in your body then your skin conditions won’t go away, and no amount of serums/creams/lotions will cover up the problem.
Also, one of the best things you can do to prevent the aging process is use normal and healthy amounts of bio identical hormones.
If you are a post menopausal woman you should consider discussing this with your Doctor, because the proper use of Estradiol and progesterone can literally stop the aging clock.
This is how women in their 60’s look like they are in their 40’s – bioidentical hormones is one of the best kept anti aging secrets.
I’m talking about more than just hair skin and nails.
Vitamins like Zinc, Vitamin C and Selenium are all required for normal hair growth and for proper skin development.
Make sure your body has enough of these valuable nutrients.
Stick to high quality skin care products that you KNOW will work.
Any brand recommended on this blog will fit the bill and is safe to use.
Using low quality products and brands may lead to further damage down the line.
The bottom line?
If you want to reduce those wrinkles and have younger looking skin you are going to need to work for it.
Make sure to find a product that contains Vitamin C, Retinol and other moisturizing components like peptides to help your skin.
These products have been clinically shown to reverse the signs of aging by increasing collagen product and by helping your skin retain moisture.
In addition make sure to only purchase high quality products from reputable sources.
Now it’s your turn:
What products are you using to fill in your wrinkles?
What products do you LOVE?
Did any of my recommendations make your list as well?
Leave your comments below!