When my age started to catch up with me, the first visible signs were forehead lines and crows feet. Truth In Aging's ceaseless hunt for the best antiaging serums and eye creams stopped things getting worse and even began to reverse some damage. But while I was focusing upwards, the lower part of my face was moving inexorably downwards. When I finally got around to noticing that my lip area, jaw line and labial nasal lines were in need of attention, I found that real solutions were in the hen's teeth dept.

I am pleased to say that I recently discovered three solutions that have made a very tangible difference. The first, as I wrote in an earlier post about the dreaded marionette lines, is regular LED treatments, supplemented with at home treatments using a Baby Quasar ($402 in the TIA shop) or the less expensive Sirius Aurora ($149 in the TIA shop). LED works by stimulating the body’s tissues to convert the light energy into cellular energy. It boosts collagen production and scavenger cells that remove excess pigmentation or scar tissue. It definitely gives a lifting and plumping effect. I am interested to see how it compares to Nu-Skin's Galvanic Spa device, which I plan to start testing in earnest in the coming days.

When I recommended LED and Baby Q for labial nasal lines, I added that I hadn't really found creams that really improved the jaw line and lip area. Then two potions found me. The first of these is Your Best Face's new Define ($70 in the TIA Shop), the prototype of which I tested for several months before switching to the brand new formula that was created based on feedback from Truth In Aging VIP testers. This is not a lip plumper, but it does give lips deeper color and a fuller look while dealing with fine lines around the mouth. I would put Define on a par with Correct ($150 in the TIA shop), YBF's eye cream as being a truly effective product. Both are on sale in the Truth In Aging store in a keenly priced bundle exclusive to TIA readers.

More recently, I was given a sample of a new product from Osmotics called Lipofill. This was made explicitly for the labial nasal lines and, I have to admit (while Osmotics products are generally very good) I wasn't confident that this would do any better than any other cream I've tried. I was proved wrong. Six weeks later there is a definite firmer and plumper look that has flattened out the area from chin to cheek, as well as dealing fine lines around the crease of my chin. Lipofill ($85 in the TIA shop) uses artemisia abrotanum, known as wormwood, contains four flavenols with spasmolytic activities. Spasmolytic is a type of muscle relaxer and so could be playing a role here as a kind of natural Botox. There is the tried and trusted peptide, Matrixyl and and tripeptide 1 (which is also in Dermaxime’s Neck Cream and April Rain).

Ingredients in Define

Reverse osmosis water, xylitol, olivem (cetearyl olivate), Pentavitin (saccharide isomerate), ethehexyl palmitate, white tea (reverse osmosis water, white tea), Syn-Coll (glycerin, palmitoyl tripeptide-5), Hilurip (isohexadecane, BIS-PEG/PPG- 14/14 dimethicone, ethylene/propylene/styrene copolymer, butylene/ethylene/styrene copolymer, cyclopentasiloxane, sodium hyaluronate, xanthan gum, tripeptide-1), vitamin E, meadowfoam seed oil, alpha arbutin, licorice root extract, Syn-Tacks (glycerin, palmitoyl dipeptide-5, diaminobutyroyl hydroxythreonine, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminohydroxybutyrate), niacin, Lipochroman-6 (dimethylmethoxy chromanol), sodium hyaluronate, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), superoxide dismutase, peppermint oil, lemon oil, blue tansy oil, blue chamomile oil, paraben DU.

Ingredients in Lipofill

Purified water, caprylic/capric triglyceride, rye seed extract, butylene glycol, artemisia abrotanum extract, isohexadecane, BIS-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, ethylene/propylene/styrene copolymer, cyclopentasiloxane, sodium hyaluronate, xanthan gum, tripeptide-1, saccharide isomerate, ethylhexyl palmitate, tribehenin, sorbitan isostearate, palmitoyl oligopeptide, oat kernel, squalane, stearic acid, glycerol stearate, cetyl alcohol, dimethicone, PEG-100 stearate, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), carbomer, disodium EDTA, diazolidinyl urea, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, tromethamine.