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I am kissing lip lines good bye

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Reviewed by Marta June 18, 2011 21 Comments
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
  • August 18, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Vicki, yes the red light is for wrinkles. The ones I suggest you look at are Sirius Aurora, Baby Quasar and the Ultra Renew. You can see more details on them all here: <a href="http://www.truthinaging.com/beauty-tools/at-home-devices" rel="nofollow">http://www.truthinaging.com/beauty-tools/at-home-devices</a>

  • August 17, 2012

    by Vicki

    Can anyone give me the brand or name of the LED light devices that you have found effective. And if you could, explain the color of light and what it's suppose to help. I assume red LED is for wrinkles?

  • August 16, 2012

    by Marta

    Yes Laurie, that's exactly right. And I am paying for being a smoker too.

  • August 16, 2012

    by laurie

    Marta,
    When you say "puppet lines" are you referring to what's sometimes terms "marionette" lines? Lines descending from the sides of the bottom lip -- to the chin? That's my #1 beauty concern right now -- tied with upper lip (above the lip) lines from smoking in my younger days.

  • July 7, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Jen, I've seen studies - and written about them - where the light is used with antioxidant serum. I don't believe they deflect the light - and, anyway, I always use the LED with a product and I am pleased with the results. But I think that you should experiment and see what seems to work for you.

  • July 7, 2011

    by Jen

    Thanks Marta! I read somewhere on the web that products on the skin interfer with LED effectiveness (something about deflecting light?)-- should I just use the light on bare skin and apply the Reluma or Osmotic product afterwards? I also know you suggest something antioxidant in nature to counter temporary LED-related pro-oxidant activity-- does that have to go on beforehand in order to work? Thanks again

  • July 7, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Jen, I honestly think that the only thing that really helps with nasolabial lines is LED light. You can use an at-home device and the whole thing will be much cheaper and less unpleasant than fillers. Plus you can use Lipofill or ReLuma (Define isn't going to help much with puppet lines) with the LED light to boost the effects.

  • July 7, 2011

    by Jen

    Hi, Marta-- would you suppose this duo would help nasolabial lines as well? I am only 32, but have filled this area twice in the last area with Juvederm and my last experience was not pleasant (filler migration, etc). I hope to never use fillers again but the area is definitely one of my few concerns (dark undereye circles being the other). I am looking to go the product route since I have lines, not folds. I have been using Osmotics Lipofill for the last year and havent been floored by results (altough who knows what they would look like without it?!)
    Thank you :)

  • June 23, 2011

    by Tara Ashwood

    A excellent product for lip lines is Cellcosmet Eye Contour Creme. It is excellent for fine lines in the eye area as well as the lip lines. Samples are free and there is enough in each to achieve a result.

  • June 22, 2011

    by Lesley Anne

    I'll be happy to keep sharing my results. I have to add that I'm also seeing positive results from the Reluma serum on the rest of my face, in addition to the eye wrinkle results I previously posted.

  • June 22, 2011

    by Marta

    Victoria - that's a damn good question and I am ashamed to realize that I didn't explain that. ReLuma first around the mouth area, chin crease, labial nassal and then Define, including the lips, around the lips up to nose and down to chin. Please let me know how you get on too.

  • June 22, 2011

    by Victoria

    Hi Marta--How exactly are you using them? Do you put the ReLuma on first? And do you put it on the actual lip as well as around the lip area? And then put on the YBF right over top? Or do you put the YBF on first? Thanks for providing the details. I have both products and would like to try your technique.

  • June 22, 2011

    by Marta

    Lesley Anne, that's great to know that the same combo is working for you. Let's keep exchanging notes in the months to come.

  • June 22, 2011

    by Lesley Anne

    I'm using the same combo, ReLuma serum and YBF Define. I have only one lip line but there is really no line about it, it's actually a lip crevasse. I'm starting to see some promising results after a couple of months, the crevasse seems to be flatting out. I'm planning on continuing the combo to ward off any on coming lines/crevasses.

  • June 21, 2011

    by Julie Kay

    I know, right? I have a passion for it.

  • June 21, 2011

    by Marta

    HI Julie, I refuse to accept that drinking red wine has anything to do with my lip lines ;:

  • June 21, 2011

    by Julie Kay

    Okay, here's my story... Just before 60, I began using YBF Define in a serious manner every night. And, I, too, saw improvement. I used it for well into 2-3 months. The hitch came when I began oil pulling again. All the mouth movements involved here brought into the fore every individual lip line as if they'd never been diminished. AND drinking red wine- I tend to let it sit in my mouth a bit before I swallow- I happened to see myself in a mirrow- same effect. Currently, I'm oil pulling to beat the band to combat a whole league of life crises come to beat down my tent, so my lip lines seem ... less a priority to me. But I'm listening, always am! ~jk

  • June 20, 2011

    by Marta

    Rosanna, I have tried them both in isolation but it is only when I started to systematically use them together that I started to see better results. So I would recommend going with both.

  • June 20, 2011

    by Rosanna

    Marta, did you try either of these products in isolation on your lip area? I'm wondering if both are necessary or if just one will do the job. If you haven't tried the products in isolation, which one would you recommend trying first on its own?

  • June 20, 2011

    by Marta

    It depends on what is in your regular serum. ReLuma is a a fairly simple formula and Define was formulated to be used around the mouth (although it does contain a paraben preservative) - neither have ingredients (as far as I am aware) that have advisories against ingestion. I would not want, for example, to ingest the preservatives phenoxyethanol or chlorphenesin.

  • June 20, 2011

    by Beautiful Canvas

    Interestingly enough, I was just wondering about prevention products for lip lines. So, you think it is safe to wear regular face serum on the lips?

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