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Lip oils, hydrating lipsticks and surgical fillers

 

Lip oils, hydrating lipsticks and surgical fillers

My lips have lost definition as I've got older and, when I put lipstick on, it accentuates how thin they are. What can I do?

Lorraine, 53, West Sussex.

As we age, our body produces less collagen and our lips lose their plumpness. The outline of the lip also becomes less obvious, so the lips 'blend' into the skin, making it harder to apply lipstick and create a defined lipline.

But there are plenty of tricks you can try to cheat your way to a fuller pout - from clinical procedures to clever make-up. Even using lip balm regularly can make a difference.

THE FIXERS

Lips are very prone to chapping as they get older, especially at this time of year, which can make them very sore and reduces the 'cushiony' effect of plump lips.

Keep moisture levels topped up with a treatment such as Prevasore lip therapy (£6.95,) or simple Vaseline (£2.19,) to create a barrier against the cold weather. Lips don't produce their own natural oils, so more moisture is lost through them than any other part of the body.

Clarins has just relaunched its limited-edition Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil (£18, above) as a permanent part of the range. It's 100 per cent natural and feels gloriously soft on the lips without any greasiness.

Fillerina's Eye and Lip Treatment (£38,) contains hyaluronic acid - often found in clinical lip fillers - to plump up your lips.

THE LIPSTICKS

The most effective way of making lips look fuller with make-up is to blend a creamy, hydrating lipstick with a matching lipliner.

You'll notice if you wear a lipstick that is too matte or drying as the fine lines on and around the lips will look more noticeable.

This dehydration also reduces the appearance of lip fullness, making them look flatter and less pronounced.

Look for a lipstick that says it is hydrating, such as Rimmel London's The Only 1 Lipstick (£6.99, boots.com, left), which has intense colour pigment but also contains moisturisers to keep lips smooth and full.

The collection also includes Exaggerate Lip Liners (£3.99, boots.com), which match the colours of the lipsticks to give a more natural look.

And as a real treat, the new Bobbi Brown Luxe Lips range (£25) has a nourishing formula that relieves flaking and visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines.

As it's available in 30 shades, there is bound to be one that works for you.

AT THE CLINIC

It is wise to be cautious when thinking about getting anything injected into your lips - you don't want to end up with a 'trout pout'. Rather, it should be a natural look that adds fullness.

Dr Sarah Tonks, an aesthetic doctor, has developed the Omniya Repair - a restorative and volumising treatment created especially for thin, dehydrated lips.

It is a combination of plumping injections and a topical lip formula that can be applied at home.

First, the lips are injected with a type of hyaluronic acid dermal filler, which hydrates the lips and the surrounding tissue.

This, along with the SkinCeuticals AOX Lip Complex - which the client is advised to use before and after the treatment - works to soften ageing lips.

Two weeks after the first injections, the client returns to the clinic for more - this time, a hyaluronic acid filler is used to enhance the outline and definition of the lips.

Dr Tonks says: 'The treatment hydrates the lips and significantly decreases the fine lines around the mouth and on the lips.

'It creates more natural results - the dermal fillers are soft, which helps to lift up the corners of the mouth and give a rested and refreshed appearance.'

Treatments from £300 .

UNSUNG HERO

It’s been more than 20 years since Salisbury District Hospital developed a moisturising cream for patients recovering from burns and plastic surgery, now available in the My Trusty skincare collection, which offers a range of products based on sunflower oil. My Trusty Body Butter (£7.99) is a rich, hydrating cream with shea and cocoa butter. It is made with 6.5 per cent sunflower oil to help replace essential fatty acids, leaving your skin smooth and soft.

ELSA'S PICK

I’m a big fan of make-up palettes, especially at this time of year when you go out straight after work. Shiseido has launched a beautiful Festive Camellia Compact (£45) with leading designer Yohji Yamamoto’s fashion brand Y. The lid is covered in floral silk and inside there are six camellia-inspired shades that can be used on the eyes or cheeks.

BARGAIN BUY

If you love wearing hats in winter but are always left with flat or flyaway hair, try dry shampoo - it can really help to give your tresses texture.

Apply a quick spritz, run your fingers through your hair and no one will ever know you had a hat on. I like the 50ml Philip Kingsley One More Day dry shampoo- it’s small enough to pop into your handbag.

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