Thinning lips are one of the first places to show signs of ageing. Dehydration, diet, skin care and environmental factors can all play a role in the appearance or ‘disappearance’ of your lips.
You may be thinking, "If dehydration is the main cause of thinning lips, why does my friend have them but I don't?" The answer also relates directly to age and genetics.
As we get older, our skin loses moisture and elasticity, and the quality of our collagen produced decreases making it less supple. In other words, you're ageing! If a member of your family also has thin lips (and this can be genetic), you are more likely to develop them too.
As women age and head towards peri-menopause and then menopause skin loses collagen as oestrogen levels decrease, the collagen and elastin in lips break down. Without the ability to repair these strength-giving proteins, the skin becomes thinner and more fragile. Read more about ‘why’ lips age in Menopause from Deborah Forsythe - The Menopause Consultant.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to care for already thinning lips at home with natural remedies such as coconut oil and lip balm made from beeswax or other ingredients that contain vitamins A through E. You could also try an exfoliating scrub made with sugar and fruit acids if your lips have become scaly due to dryness or cold weather conditions like windburn which may have caused peeling skin around your mouth. These ingredients will help restore their normal appearance while also removing dead cells so new ones can grow back faster than before.
Other ways to stimulate collagen production in the lips and around the mouth are facial LED light therapy masks or lamps. Request your Clinic to include Red Light Therapy to end your treatment for a huge collagen boosting high.
The red penetrating LED lights target deep into cells, heightening their internal functions, photo-stimulating dermal blood flow and creating faster healing so your skin always looks rejuvenated. This is not a treatment that improves plumpness overnight but there are masks that you can wear in between treatments at home.
In conclusion, thinning lips are usually the result of dehydration or an environmental factor like cold weather or wind exposure and ageing. If you notice that your lips are becoming less plump, try using more lip balm to keep them moisturised and ensure you drink plenty of water throughout each day too!
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