Smoker’s lines, also known as lipstick lines for the non-smokers amongst you, are very common as we grow older. Characterised as a series of vertical lines located just above our upper lips, smoker’s lines can cause our skin to look unhealthy and old before its time. When we’re younger, our skin is supple, it’s plump, it’s full of moisture, and it’s very elastic. As a result our skin is soft, smooth, healthy, and youthful looking. When skin elasticity begins to weaken, and as moisture leaves our skin cells, the signs of aging begin to become more apparent. As we age, lines and wrinkles begin to form naturally around the mouth, though in smokers, these wrinkles and lines are exasperated due to the repetitive nature of smoking the cigarettes. In non-smokers, these are known as lipstick lines because, again, due to the repetitive nature of applying lipstick to the mouth, lines and wrinkles begin to form much quicker than they should. This is far from ideal because it can make us look and feel older than we actually are, but the good news is that there are things you can do to prevent them and remove them. Take a look and see what you think:
To help keep our skin looking soft and healthy, and to help promote the growth of healthy skin cells in place of dead ones, we are encouraged to exfoliate our faces on a regular basis. To help prevent smoker’s lines from forming, or to stop them getting any worse, experts also recommend exfoliating around the mouth and lips. Now, you shouldn’t use harsh exfoliating brushes around your mouths because that area is so sensitive, but what you can use is a specially designed lip scrub which will help remove dead skin cells from the affected area. Once you’ve finished exfoliating, rinse away, and before going to bed, apply a thin layer of castor oil to help lock in moisture and keep the lips looking plump and full.
This is of course easier said than done, and you certainly don’t want a lecture from us talking about the dangers of smoking. You know that smoking is dangerous, and you know that quitting can be tough, but it can certainly be done. One of the best ways of preventing smoker’s lines is to quit smoking altogether, and if you have the willpower to do so, your skin will most certainly thank you for it. For those of you who don’t smoke, lipstick lines could be to blame, in which case you should try to cut back on applying lipstick every day to help give your lips and mouth a rest.
Another great and natural way of preventing and removing smoker’s lines from the lips is to be on the receiving end of a facial massage on a regular basis. Facial massages are ideal because they help to boost circulation, allowing more blood, oxygen, and nutrients to be carried to the skin cells in the face. The more nutrients these cells have, the fuller and plumper they become, and the healthier they become. Not only that, but facial massages also help to tighten up tissues and facial muscles which helps to smooth out lines and wrinkles, including smoker’s lines/lipstick lines.
When it comes to preventing and removing smoker’s lines around the mouth, Botox injections are one of the best solutions you could ever hope for. Botox injections are injected into the facial muscles around the mouth and lips where they get to work on temporarily paralyzing these muscles, thereby helping to reduce muscle contractions which are responsible for causing lines and creases. Botox injections are not a permanent solution, but one treatment will provide very impressive and highly noticeable results for several months before a follow up treatment is required.
Though they’re often confused with one another, Botox injections and dermal filler injections are actually both very different. Unlike Botox, which is injected directly into the facial muscles surrounding the lips, dermal fillers are actually injected directly into the lines and wrinkles where they fill them up and help to plump them up and disguise them. Though there are many different forms of dermal filler currently available, some of the most common and popular examples include Hyaluronic Acid, and Collagen. Again, just like with Botox, results aren’t permanent but typically you can enjoy results which will last for around 3 – 6 months at a time.