When was the last time you paid special attention to the area around your mouth?
In the beauty biz we talk a lot about protecting the eye area. The skin here is forever being stretched and scrunched up as we express ourselves, and with fewer oil glands than the rest of the face it is prone to moisture loss and dehydration. As a result we see early signs of ageing here first.
But what about the area around our lips? The lip area shows some of the most dramatic changes as we start to age. As skin sags we get those pronounced laugh lines, or those angry-looking marionette lines running from the corners of the mouth to the chin. You also get fine lines feathering out from the lip line, caused by smoking, puckering, drinking from straws or chewing the inside of your lips.
So it makes sense that this area needs some special TLC too.
I recently attended the launch of the new Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment (R980 for 10ml) where we were taught a few interesting facts about this facial region. While normal facial skin consists of 16 layers, lip skin consists of only 3-5 layers. Like the eye area, it is constantly moving. We express emotion, eat, drink or kiss, and all this causes wear and tear. Upon that our saliva dries out the natural oils in this area, and while we might apply balm on our lips, we don’t really think about the skin surrounding them.
So, what’s the solution?
Dermalogica has introduced their new targeted treatment that tackles lip lines specifically. The Nightly Lip Treatment works to counter the signs of ageing around the lips and the perioral area, smoothing laugh and feather lines while you sleep.
I think it’s a really clever addition to the standard anti-aging routine. You don’t really want to apply a highly active serum too close to the mouth because it could cause some irritation to the lip area. In my experience Vitamin A or C serums, for instance, often cause some inflammation and scaling if they get in contact with my lip line. At the same time you still want to give this region targeted attention since this is where the early signs of ageing show first.
How does it work?
The Nightly Lip Treatment contains Shea butter to repair the protective barrier of the skin and increase hydration. It also contains Sesame Seed Extract to target lines and wrinkles, and their Advanced Volumising Technology to smooth and plump up the lips. At the same time the treatment helps sooth irritation that could speed up ageing.
How to use it
To be clear, this is not a lip balm. I think of it as a serum for my lip area. You apply it around your lips, and any excess can then me massaged into the lips themselves. You will apply this in the evening, after your toner and before your moisturiser. If you still feel you need extra hydration after that, you can apply a balm over it.
The product has a smooth metallic applicator that you can use to massage the product into the lip area. Push down to release product and then dot the treatment all around your lips. Use the applicator to work the product into the area surrounding your lips using circular motions, and then end by working any excess into your actual lips.
Dermalogica has developed a special massaging routine when using this product. Take a look below:
You can use this if you’re already spotting signs of ageing, or if you want to prevent them. Starting early will help to strengthen the skin in this area and delay premature ageing.
Curious to know if your lips are ageing you? Head to readmylipage.com, upload a selfie and they will analyse your lips for you. Don’t pretend you aren’t curious.
One 9Lives reader will win a Dermalogica hamper worth R1540 with the new Nightly Lip Treatment and the Dermalogica Renewal Lip Complex. To enter:
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This post was sponsored by Dermalogica