Why are the lips prone to lines?
The upper lip has thin, delicate skin that’s subject to constant movement throughout the day, making lip lines an ultra-common cosmetic concern. Lip lines aka lipstick lines are small wrinkles that form just above your upper lip. These lines often touch the top lip and extend vertically toward the nose and they come in all shapes and sizes.
not to be confused
These are not laugh lines
Lip lines aren’t to be confused with laugh lines or smile lines which are the creases that run from the sides of the nose to the edges of the lips – known as the nasolabial folds. If yo have deep nasolabial folds, check out the growing trend for face yoga which gently massages the lines of the face to create natural plumness and fullness. We rate this Instagram expert – lisa.beautify.
How to hydrate the lips
You want to look for a humectant – that’s a product that absorbs water and can then be used to keep the skin on your upper lip hydrated. Hyaluronic acid is the most common hydrator.
Moisturizers are different – they’re designed to form a protective layer on the surface of your skin to keep water from evaporating into the air.
So what is lip basting?
Have you seen TikTokkers going crazy for li pbasting? This is the simplest process and an easy way to start getting rid of lip lines. Lip basting literally means that you can cure chapped, dry lips for good and start softening those lip lines. First, you exfoliate the area. “You apply the first step, which is the chemical exfoliant, on your lips and let it sit for 10 to 15 seconds,” says Insta’s fave dermatologist, Dr. Shereen Idriss, noting that a chemical exfoliant (as opposed to physical, which would break up the skin) is ideal. Look for toners that contain a low concentration of alphahydroxy acids like glycolic or lactic acid.
“The second step includes basting it the same way you would baste a turkey that’s cooking in the oven for over eight hours,” she says. “Apply a really thick coating of the lip baster of your choice, allowing it to melt into your lips.” The baste layer will start out looking opaque and creamy but slowly turn translucent over the course of 10 minutes. IIf you’re sensitive to essential oils, she recommends products with nourishing ingredients like calendula or panthenol, which carry anti-inflammatory properties that are great for sensitive skin types.