New Year New You Series: Perfecting Your Pout
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner…time to get your pucker in prime condition and your smile shining! Follow these tips and you’ll definitely be in the running for the most tempting pout.
+Exfoliate Your Lips
The skin on your lips needs to be exfoliated just like the skin on your face. Exfoliation helps to rid your lips of dry skin and unclog the pores around your lip line that you probably don’t reach with your usual facial exfoliation. Exfoliating will increase the circulation to your lips, causing them to look fuller, and it will also help your lipstick or gloss to go on smoother and last longer! You can make your own scrub by mixing table sugar with jojoba oil, or you can try a pre made scrub like Lush’s Mint Julep lip scrub with peppermint oil. You can also exfoliate on dry lips with a dry toothbrush or clean mascara wand by gently rubbing the bristles back and forth across your lips.
+Keep Your Kisser Moisturized
Smooth, moisturized lips make your pout more luscious and healthy-looking. When looking for a lip balm, try to avoid ones that are petrol-based. Look instead for salves or balms that have more natural ingredients like jojoba or fruit oils and have added antioxidants like vitamin C. Petrol based products can actually dry your skin out more and keep moisture from penetrating. We love Image’s Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement Complex that moisturizes with avocado oil.
+Brighten Your Pearly Whites
Sometimes, regular brushing and flossing and even trips to the dentist for a cleaning just aren’t enough to keep those pearly whites…well, white! Coffee and red wine are the worst offenders of producing tough stains on your tooth enamel. Make your smile sparkle and remove stains with teeth whitening! These days, there are many options on the market…everything from at-home treatments to expensive treatments in the dentist office. Beaming White is another great option – 30 minutes, $50-75 and can be done while you’re getting a pedicure or your hair color is processing.
+Consider a Filler
JUVÉDERM® Ultra and JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus are very elegant fillers consisting of hyaluronic acid gel. Hyaluronic acid, in its liquid form, is prevalent throughout your body and when cross-linked it becomes a gel. JUVÉDERM® is processed to make a very smooth product that gently fills lines and wrinkles and enhances lips. When extra volume is needed, JUVÉDERM® Plus can lift and turn back the clock to a smooth, youthful you. Anyone who wishes to diminish the appearance of facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds ("parentheses" between the corners of the mouth and the nose), or any other wrinkles around the mouth or nose may be a candidate for Juvederm treatment. JUVÉDERM® injections can also be used to enhance the lips, creating fuller lips or a more symmetrical lip appearance. Results will last up to 12 months. Check out these before and after images to see what Juvederm can do!