What do YOU think makes people appear older or younger than they actually are? Do you subconsciously estimate a strangers age by looking at (or for) facial wrinkles? Age "spots"? Posture, agility and apparent core strength? Yellowed teeth? The quality/tone of the skin on the backs of hands? The color and thickness of hair? If you are like me, it is a combination of all of the above, and trust me.... everyone you meet is subconsciously evaluating YOU by some or all of this criteria. The reality is that the aging process impacts all of the above and my personal "age gauge" list also includes the appearance of pale/thinning lips and those dreaded vertical lip lines!
I think I am more focused on thinning lips than the average Joe, because my own lips have always been naturally small, and the aging process certainly wasn't helping matters. Earlier this year I mentioned that I have seen a noticeable improvement in both the volume and the natural color of my lips after applying my beloved niacin-based deep moisturizer to my lips 2x daily, although my ("off label) usage it isn't specifically recommended by the manufacturer, Nia 24). You can read the details by either keying "Nia 24" into the "search box" on the top right of every page of the TIA web site, or clicking here
to read that old review. And while I was quite happy with the improvement, I knew there MUST be a truly great lip volumizer out there, designed for people who want fuller, plumper lips at EVERY age.
I was right, but I must say it was a much more difficult search than I had expected. After much searching, testing, and a bunch of duds, I found SKinn Lip 3x Volumizing Serum, and boy do my lips ever love this stuff! May I just say I have never been more kissable?
I tried quite a few other lip volumizers, and absolutely nothing worked well for me, until I tried the Skinn Lip 3x Serum. The other lip volumizers were either ineffective or purely temporary, or they worked but dried out or chapped my lips dreadfully in the process. One tasted strongly of the petro-chemicals it contained, and another actually made my lips burn unpleasantly. Finding a good volumizer (or even a good lipstick) sans nasty chemicals is getting tougher and tougher to do....especially if you want anything containing a sunblock.
The Skinn Lip 3x Volumizing Serum goes to work immediately to plump up lips (and the wrinkles on and directly around the lips), but I can see a cumulative effect after using it for more than a month. That is likely due to the addition of super peptide Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (MaxiLip), which is a strong collagen stimulating ingredient. The Skinn Lip Serum tastes great (it contains peppermint oil and flavoring), stays put for a impressively long time, smoothes on nicely, and I have even replaced my need for lipstick by adding a swoosh of the Benefit "Benetint" lip stain over the top. My lips are moist, full, rose colored, and they feel and taste great! Even my husband likes it... although his "testing" has been limited to a stealth application as part of our morning "good by" kiss.
The product comes in a 14ml (.05 oz) frosted pump-style container which protects the serum from degradation and grubby fingers. I pump out just the tiniest amount each time... less than HALF the size of a grain of rice. Even though I apply the Skinn Lip 3X Volumizing Serum 2-3 times per day (typically each morning, after lunch, and again before bedtime), this one tube will likely last for at least six months. That makes it not only an excellent product, but a great value at $29.50!
PS... I liked Skinn Lip 3x Volumixing Serum so much, I bought tubes for my two sisters and my mother.... and they like it as much I do.
Skinn Lip 3x Volumizing Serum ingredients:
Isopropyl palmitate, octyl palmitate, sunflower seed oil, phenyl trimethicone, palmitoyl oligopeptide (Maxi Lip®), peppermint oil, titanium dioxide, natural flavor