As the skin ages, wrinkles around the lips (aka the “lip contour”) grow more common. Vertical lines above the lips are a particularly common sign of aging, and they can be very hard to correct. However, it’s not impossible! Today, we’re showing you a few creams you can use to bring anti-aging benefits to your lip contour; but first, we’re learning a little more about the specifics of upper lip wrinkles. Come along!
What causes upper lip wrinkles?
Upper lip wrinkles are a natural part of the skin aging process. Some of us will get them earlier than others, but it’s likely that we’ll all have them at some point.
Among the many types of wrinkles we can develop around the lips are those very recognizable vertical lines above the upper lip. These can take on many different shapes: they can be extremely fine (barely noticeable, except when you try to apply lipstick), or they can be much deeper and more established (more like creases on the skin). They may be located just above the lip contour, or they may run all up the way from the upper lip to the nostril.
It’s hard to pinpoint the exact causes of vertical lines above the lips. Natural skin aging and accumulated sun damage are always part of the equation, of course. However, there’s reason to believe that smoking and repetitive movements (like pursing your lips, or shushing people a lot!) may also be at play.
6 creams to target vertical lines above the lips
If you want to improve the appearance of vertical lines above your upper lip, the best thing you can do is work hard on your sun protection (don’t forget the lips!). Once you’ve got that covered, you can look into cosmetic procedures or, alternatively, a targeted cream for this part of the face. Here are a few we really like:
Clarins Extra-Firming Lip & Contour Balm
The anti-aging lip balm
Clarins Extra-Firming Lip & Contour Balm may look like just a lip balm in a jar, but it’s so much more than that! With a formula powered by key natural ingredients, this treatment balm goes beyond repairing and replenishing dry and chapped lips: it also helps smooth their appearance, therefore reducing the look of fine vertical lines on the lip and lip contour area.
For optimal results, apply this balm with a gentle massage to your lips and lip contour. Use it in the evening as an intensive overnight treatment, or throughout the day as you would any other lip balm!
NUXE Nuxuriance Ultra Eye and Lip Cream Global Anti-Aging
The natural anti-aging for the lip contour
There are plenty of “eye and lip” creams out there, but they are not all created equal. We like the NUXE Nuxuriance Ultra Eye and Lip because it offers a global anti-aging action; not only does it target fine lines and wrinkles, it also helps minimize loss of elasticity and firmness. The formula, which contains 94% ingredients of natural origin, uses saffron and bougainvillea Bi-Floral Cells® to stimulate the skin cells, in order to promote denser, smoother, and more youthful looking skin.
For best results, apply the product with the recommended massage: using your middle finger, smooth the cream across your top and bottom lips, once in each direction. Then, press the corners of your lips upwards and keep them there for about three seconds. Repeat this relaxing massage a total of three times, and then you’ll be good to go.
SENSAI Total Lip Treatment
The replenishing essence
Specially created to treat the entire area surrounding the lips, this SENSAI Total Lip Treatment essence has a lot to offer. It can help you redefine the lip contour, minimize the appearance of vertical lines, and even improve the look of nasolabial lines (those two lines that run from your nostrils to the outer corners of your lips). With a luscious formula rich in emollients and silky, nourishing oils, this treatment essence is incredibly hydrating. Indeed, you could even say it’s plumping!
Use it in the daytime to smooth the look of vertical lines on and around the lips, or in the nighttime as a deeply nourishing anti-aging treatment.
StriVectin Double Fix for Lips Plumping & Vertical Line Treatment
The 2-in-1 wrinkle corrector
Get ready for 2-in-1 benefits with the StriVectin Double Fix for Lips Plumping & Vertical Line Treatment, a double purpose treatment that corrects signs of aging on and around the lips. On one side of this double applicator, you get the “On Lips Plumping treatment”; this is a non-drying, glossy-like balm that both plumps and smooths the surface of your lips, for an instantly youthful look.
On the other side, you get the “Around Lips Vertical Line Treatment”; apply it twice a day to your lip line as well as lip contour area, and watch out for improvements! After 4 weeks, users find that vertical lines are less visible, and the lip contour looks much more defined.
Fillerina 12HA Densifying-Filler Lip Contour Cream
The hyper-plumping treatment
And now for something slightly different: the Fillerina 12HA Densifying-Filler Lip Contour Cream. This is a daily wrinkle treatment for the lip contour that provides a bit of a “filler” effect. Due to the 12 different forms of hyaluronic acid in the formula, this cream boosts the volume of the skin in order to fill in areas that lack volume. Apply the cream morning or evening, on the entire area of the lips; then, massage gently to promote better absorption of the product.
Like other Fillerina products, this cream is available in 3 grades (from 3 to 5). Grade 3 is ideal for initial wrinkles and expression lines; conversely, grade 5 is more suitable for very deep wrinkles and loss of density and elasticity.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Definition Eye & Lip Contour Cream
The firmness booster
Elemis Pro-Collagen Definition Eye & Lip Contour Cream is a well-known cream in the world of skincare. Because it’s part of the Pro-Collagen range, this cream uses plant-based actives to firm, lift, and support the skin. The formula features Alaria esculenta, mafane flower, and edelweiss extracts, all of which are known for their ability to support the skin’s natural structures.
The result is firmer, smoother skin with less noticeable wrinkles. After 4 weeks, 85% of users found that this cream made their vertical lip lines appear plumper: not bad at all!
So, shall we recap the tips we’ve learned about dealing with upper lip wrinkles? First, invest in sun protection; then, use an anti-aging product suitable for the lip contour area. Explore our full selection of lip contour skincare in the shop, and find your best match!
Beauty Writer & Editor