How to plump your lips—naturally
Over time, our lips lose volume, gradually sag and become thinner. Here are a few tips to help you plump up your lips naturally, without aesthetic surgery or injections.
1. Exfoliate your lips.
Try exfoliating your lips no more than once a week using a fine grain exfoliating product. Exfoliating your lip skin will help to remove all the dead skin cells from your lips, meaning your lip balm can work properly and your lipstick will last longer. Exfoliation doesn’t only smooth and soften your lips, it also helps to boost your lip tissue by reactivating blood flow, making them swell slightly and enhancing your lips’ natural pink color.
2. Apply a hydrating mask.
Your lips need a hydrating mask, whether as a cream, as a material soaked in a nourishing solution, or as a silicone, and you should leave it on all night, or at least a good ten minutes before gently massaging any excess product into your lips to help it soak in and really get the benefit. A mask will deeply hydrate your lips, soothe them, and leave them softer as well as temporarily plumped.
Pro tip: You could try lip masks with pepper or chili, as both of these spices help to create a vasodilation effect in your cells, activating your blood circulation and giving your lips a plumped look for several hours.
3. Regularly hydrate your lips.
We can’t stress it enough: to have plump, luscious lips takes proper hydration. Hydration is essential to keep your skin supple, soft and toned. At least three times a day, hydrate your lips with a hydrating balm. Then massage them by rubbing them together to help the treatment soak in and to activate blood microcirculation.
4. Use a product with hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in the body. It fuses with water and fills intercellular spaces, making it essential for proper skin hydration. With age, hyaluronic acid production decreases which leads to a loss of volume and elasticity. Adding in hyaluronic acid to your skincare routine helps to maintain hydration of your lip skin and counteract loss of volume. Using a product rich in hyaluronic acid on your lips helps to deeply hydrate them, to plump them up and to reduce the appearance of fine lines around the lip contour.
5. Try contouring.
You can redraw your lip line with a lip pencil the same color as your lipstick or tinted lip balm. Add volume to your lips by drawing a line very slightly outside your natural lip contour. Apply a touch of highlighter to your cupid’s bow to brighten your lips and play with the effects of shadow and light. This tip will help you to make the most of your lips and give the illusion of added volume by capturing light around your lip area.
6. Plump up your lips with facial gymnastics.
Facial gymnastics help to strengthen your lip contour in order to prevent wrinkles, to increase the volume of both your top and bottom lip, and to maintain your skin’s elasticity. There are several techniques:
1st exercise: Make an exaggerated letter O with your lips by really projecting them forward. Hold the position for a few seconds, then relax. Repeat this exercise ten times in a row every day to add volume to your lips and help to prevent fine lines.
2nd exercise: Take hold of your lips with your thumb and index finger, and stretch them out in front of you. Lightly pinch all around your lip contour to boost microcirculation. Repeat at least four times.
3rd exercise: Stretch your lips as far as possible by tightening them together, as though you were giving a kiss. Hold this position for around ten seconds, then relax. Repeat this ten times.
4th exercise: Work the top of your lip from the inside by placing your thumbs in the center, then pushing your lip forward with your thumbs, while trying to resist being pushed. Finish by pinching your lips to reshape them. Repeat this exercise two to five times.
7. Use something cold to plump up your lips.
Massage your lips with an ice cube for two minutes. The cold will boost blood microcirculation and give an instant plumped effect to your lips. The effect isn’t permanent, but it’ll freshen up your lips whilst benefiting your microcirculation.