Lips are known to be one of the most fragile and prominent parts of the body and we all need to know how to fix wrinkly lips and how to find the causes and remedies.
Many people believe that wrinkly lips are due to dryness but are disappointed when the wrinkles don't magically disappear after applying moisturizers.
But there is more to the cause than simple dryness and it appears to be part of the ageing process linked to past neglect of the skin during sun and wind exposure and it is partially related to skin type of heredity.
This articles reviews what is known about lip wrinkles to understand the various causes, what you can do to prevent wrinkly lips, treatment options and some simply long-term remedies.
The ageing process causes the presence of minor, vertical wrinkles in the skin directly above the upper lip and often these lines extend onto the lips themselves. Wrinkles are causes by a drop in collagen content associated with ageing, and accumulated exposure to sun and wind. Smoking is another primary cause of both of the wrinkles in the skin and lips.
Another cause of lip wrinkles is the net loss of lip volume with aging. As people get older, their skin loses elastin and collagen - the skin components that gives lips their full, smooth and plump appearance. In addition, facial fat, which provides some of the plumpness for the lips, is lost as you get older. Lip wrinkles, as well as other facial lines on the skin around the mouth, become more prominent as these components are lost.
Another main cause of lip lines is thinning of the skin as you age. The skin also becomes more creased with use. Thin skin shows more lines.
Sun exposure without adequate protection against UV radiation can also cause wrinkles on the lips. Both UVA and UVB type rays can also cause damage to the skin, because of the damaged natural collagen and deep drying out of the skin. Some people are more prone to lip wrinkles through their genetics.
It is claimed that drinking from straws and pursing your lips when drinking from water bottles can cause wrinkles, too. These claims are unproven, but it is probably wise to reduce the amount that you "pucker" up your lips when drinking your favorite beverage!
Poor quality cosmetics and beauty products that contain harsh chemicals can cause wrinkles in the upper lip and skin above the lips.
Poor diet can also contribute to premature aging of the skin.
Home remedies include:
Using a chemical peel is also a good way to help smooth out small fine wrinkles on the lips and skin above the lips. These chemicals remove the top layer of the skin and remove the wrinkles.
Dermabrasion is the process of effectively sanding away the top layer of the skin around the mouth. Both of these methods work by removing the upper layer allowing you to start again and take better car of the new layers underneath.
Laser treatments can also help to smooth-out vertical lip lines. All these resurfacing and smoothing treatments can be used by themselves or combined with various injectable lip fillers.
If in any doubt about these methods consult your doctor or a skin specialist.
There are a host of anti-wrinkle creams on the market that claim to fix wrinkles on the lips, but you should ensure you do your homework to research on their effectiveness. Speak to other people who have tried them and can give you a genuine review.
There are also more advanced medical procedures involving fine-scale injections into the wrinkles to 'fill them' and so change their appearance. These so-called 'dermal fillers' are gels that are inserted right into the wrinkles and so to fill them out and eliminate them. Consult your skin specialist about these procedures.