When it comes to generalities, I am positive and self-reinforcing. But when it comes to the detail – that frown line, age spot, lip line – I beat myself up and do not take prisoners. Especially lip lines. They have been coming out in force in the last year or so and, to make matters worse, I am convinced that they are mostly the self-inflicted result of years of smoking and life-long habit of chewing the inside of my mouth.  But I have to tell you, I am no longer beating myself up but I am beating those lines.

A couple of months ago, I mentioned that I was “licking my lip lines” with a combination of ReLuma’s Illuminating Anti-aging Serum ($135-$199 in the TIA shop) and Your Best Face Define ($70 in the TIA shop). At that point I could see that there was some fading of the lines around my lips and I felt that I might be on to something. Now, about four months, since I started a very diligent daily regimen of the ReLuma and Define combo, I am seeing such significant results that it is worth an update. I am especially pleased that the grooves at the corner of my mouth seem to be on the retreat – and they really had looked as if they were here to stay.

Now, I do use my LED light around the mouth area a couple of times a week and that helps. But as an experiment, I laid off the LED for two weeks and found that the ReLuma and Define combo was still doing a good job. Of course, I think that LED really helps too and have now resumed using it, but it was interesting to see how the serums would work on their own.

I use the ReLuma and Define combo once a day in the morning. ReLuma first around the mouth area, into the chin crease (can you believe lines started appearing here too), and the labial nasal area. I follow with Define, including the lips, around the lips up to nose and down to chin. I am so pleased that I am fully committed to making this as essential to my daily regimen as putting on an eye cream.

YBF Define, designed to target the lip area, was tested by Truth In Aging VIP members before it was even launched and was tweaked following their comments. It is an outstanding product that makes the lips look darker and a little fuller (don’t expect bee-sting plumping though). It has all of YBF’s signature anti-agers – spin-trap, Lipochroman-6 and Syn-Tacks – as well as antioxidant niacin and white tea, hydrating and plumping sodium hyaluronate and an expression line inhibitor.

ReLuma’s serum includes wound healing human growth factors and they like nothing better than to have a wrinkle to set about repairing. I am a committed fan of ReLuma and have found it to be one of the best anti-wrinkle serums I have found yet.

I haven’t yet got to kiss lip lines good bye, but I am getting them licked. Now if only I could will myself to stop chewing my mouth.

UPDATE: While I am still a huge proponent of ReLuma, my new favorite anti-ager with human growth factors is AQ’s Active Serum ($149 in the TIA shop). Therefore, I’ve created a Lick Your Lip Lines bundle ($185 in the TIA shop), which includes the AQ serum and YBF Define. A little of each of these goes a really long way.

Ingredients in ReLuma: Human Adipose Derived Stem Cell Conditioned Media, Water, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, DL-Panthenol, Hydroxy Ethyl Cellulose, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol.

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 AQ Active Serum: Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media, Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Cellulose Gum, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lactic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Phenoxyethanol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol