Want beautiful lips? Una Jefford, award-winning Harley Street dermatology aesthetic skincare expert says THIS is how you get the ‘Perfect Pout’
Facial features come in all different shapes and sizes, and our lips play an important part in framing the face and marrying up the features of the upper face with the lower face.
But, what makes the perfect pout? What’s the key to beautiful lips?
Is it 1:1 symmetry, and peaky cupids bow, or is it the side angle curvature of the lips that create that perfect irresistible pout?
In truth, it’s been all of these things over the years. You just have to look at the different aesthetic lip filler techniques there have been to see how the perception of the perfect lip shapes have changed.
the ‘trout pout’ is finally fading out for the majority of clients
As a Harley Street aesthetic skincare clinic owner, I’ve watched the ‘lip fashion’ change over the years with interest.
It’s fair to say, the ‘trout pout’ is finally fading out for the majority of clients, a look I was never tempted to try myself.
However, the trend I’m seeing these days, and one I’m much more in favour of is strengthening your lip line shape and rolling the natural lip tissue outwards towards their border.
This is especially complimentary on older women, as their lips will naturally roll inwards and disappear with age. Which is completely normal by the way!
And this brings me on to anti-ageing – my favourite subject. Did you know your lips need to be cared for just as much as other parts of your face?
From SPF to lip balm choice, here are 6 ways to get a ‘perfect pout’…
#1 Avoid licking your lips
When your lips become dry its very tempting to lick your lips, but the enzymes in your saliva break down the skins barrier further causing them to become even more dry.
When the lips are already dry, it’s important to restore the skins barrier function as much as possible to encourage your skin to regenerate and strengthen.
Simple Vaseline could be all you need in this situation as sealing the skin from the outside air, prevents your lip tissue from losing moisture from within.
Carry it with you and reapply throughout your day. Drink plenty of water too, to top up the natural hydration within the skin.
#2 Check what’s in your lip balm
If your lip skin is irritated, causing the dryness, have a look at what you are applying to your lips already.
Products with fragrances, or even old products which could now contain degraded essential oils, could be the cause of the irritation.
#3 SPF to the rescue
Dryness and inflammation of the lips combined with sun exposure puts you at risk of developing hyperpigmentation – a darker patch of skin.
And if you’re a lip licker and licking above your top lip, then this can very easily give you a moustache type pigmentation. Not a good look, but one I’ve treated in clinic lots of times!
If you are naturally a darker skin tone this increases your risk of pigmentation problems too, which is why sunscreens really are everyone’s best friend, no matter what skin colour you are.
this can very easily give you a moustache type pigmentation
Lip balms containing SPF’s are becoming widely available with a choice of clear or tinted colours. These types of products are a real life-line for your lips.
As you grow older, you’ll be glad you kept your lip skin protected against harmful ageing ultra violet radiation, as UV rays break down the natural collagen in your skin.
#4 Lip fillers can help
If you decide lip fillers are something your lips could benefit from always discuss with your aesthetician the shape and size you’d like in your consultation.
Tweakments are far more complimentary and flattering than dramatic lip augmentation.
You can also book a treatment in with Úna at Dermal Health too at dermalhealth.co.uk
#5 So can anti-wrinkle injections
Anti-wrinkle injections can also help fine lines around the lips, especially the barcode wrinkles on the upper lip and smokers lines.
This treatment works by weakening the mouths circular muscle, so drinking through a straw may feel more challenging, however its very effective at reducing the lines in this delicate area.
Clients who benefit most from this are smokers or ex smokers, have had extreme weight loss through diet or sickness, or are over 55’s.
#6 Skin boosters
Skin booster treatments are also great at restoring the hydration of the skin and smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles.
Although they are mainly made up of hyaluronic acid which is the same as dermal fillers, these are much more fluid and designed to hydrate and help the skin hold more water, rather than plump.
If you have naturally dry skin or suffer from eczema or psoriasis this treatment is for you. Or if you enjoy socialising with alcohol, this treatment will boost up your hydration levels in the skin and smooth out those fine lines and wrinkles.