Friendly, young, sexy, stern, open, angry – it’s amazing that our lips send messages about us without ever saying a word.
Just think about how you perceive someone with tightly drawn, thin lips? Or someone with a full, soft, pillowy mouth? Just look at the millions of dollars spent each year on lip glosses, enhancers and other products created to give the illusion of a plumper pout and it’s clear to see that when we think of a beautiful, youthful smile, we think of full, soft, smooth lips.
Attaining that defined, sensuous look is often a matter of genetics. But even if you’re lucky enough to be born with the perfect pout, the aging process can take its toll, causing lips to recede and thin over time. That’s because the lips are actually one of the first places on your face to age. Like the neck, they’re an extremely delicate part of the body. The lip area’s thin outer layer only gets thinner as we lose collagen with age. Plus, levels of oil and water, our body’s natural lip balm are reduced over time, leaving lips susceptible to dryness and wrinkling.
Facial expression can also play a role. Every time we smile, frown, pout or pucker our lips, we move our facial muscles in a way that can result in lines. Smoking and even drinking from a straw or bottle causes us to move our lips in a way that can lead to excess lip lines and wrinkles.