If you’re looking for a natural way to achieve smooth, plump lips without filler, a Vitamin C serum may be the answer.
Most of us already know the plethora of anti-aging benefits of Vitamin C. The powerful antioxidant has been a mainstay ingredient in the cosmetic aisle for the past decade and for good reason. This vitamin protects against free-radicals that cause signs of aging, nourishes and hydrates the skin. But did you know that Vitamin C is fantastic for diminishing the signs of aging on your lips?
Our lips are extremely sensitive and age much faster than the skin on the face. With only 3-4 layers of epidermis, versus the face’s 15-16 layers, the lips can easily turn into shriveled up raisins. This happens in part due to lifestyle (alcohol, smoking, lack of sleep) and natural aging.
A vitamin C serum is a powerful antioxidant. And can improve texture, brighten any discoloration from sun damage, and encourage collagen production – leading to naturally plump lips without filler.
While there are many great Vitamin C serums on the market (Dr. Perricone’s Vitamin C Ester is another of our favorites), we particularly love Ole Hendrickson’s Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster. It contains both Vitamin C and Vitamin E. When combined, the Linus Pauling Institute reports, protects skin better from sun damage than either on their own.
They also work together to promote healthy collagen. Vitamin C synthesizes the collagen, while Vitamin E maintains proper cross-links between collagen fibers. This reinforces the strength and plumpness of skin.
To seal in the benefits of your serum, top it off with Algenist Lip Renewal Balm made with beeswax and shea butter. This rich emollient lip treatment has SPF 15 for added daytime protection.
Still thinking about filler? Read about this new hyaluronic acid filler from Allergan (the makers of Botox and Juvederm) that causes less swelling and looks more natural.
-by Amy Chang
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