One Important Skin Tip For Your Lips

The secret?

Ditch the straw!

Drinking soda with a straw activates the perioral muscles in your face, the same muscles that create the dreaded vertical crease lines, perioral wrinkles, around your lips.  Laser resurfacing and fillers are great if you already have these lines, but why not stop them before they even start? Other important ways to avoid lip wrinkles?

  • Wear lip balms with SPF.
  • Drink plenty of water
  • and, of course, don’t smoke! Nothing dries up pretty, plump lips faster than the carcinogens found in cigarettes.

Check out my round-up of six SPF-enhanced lip balms

Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF 15 is "specially formulated with Wheat Germ and Olive Oil, this comfortable, non-greasy lip balm immediately goes to work comforting and protecting lips. Wear alone for natural look, with Lip Liner or Lip Gloss. Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF 15 comes in a sleek and portable polished silver tin".

Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm SPF 8 "conditions skin while antioxidant Vitamin E moisturizes".

Khiel's Lip Balm SPF 15 "temporarily protects and helps relieve chapped or cracked lips. Helps protect lips from the drying effects of wind and cold weather. SPF15 sunscreen provides UVA and UVB protection".

Jack Black's Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 with Shea Butter & Vitamin E: "Enriched with superior skin conditioners and antioxidants, this emollient balm soothes and relieves dry, chapped, irritated lips. Unlike waxy sticks, it penetrates quickly to provide instant relief. Offers broad-spectrum sun protection with an SPF of 25; also guards against windburn and temperature extremes. Contains shea butter and vitamin E to comfort and soothe."

Banana Boat Sport Performance Lip Balm SPF 50 "helps prevent sun- and wind-chapped lips while you play. Apply this balm for moisture and protection to your face's most sensitive skin: your lips".

Nivea's Kiss SPF 30. Provides continuous protection from the damaging effects of the sun with SPF 30 and gives long lasting moisture to leave your lips smooth and protected.

photos by: Brett Jordan & JefferyTurner