By Lottie Winter – Published 22 October 2020
Coronavirus may have us covering up most of our face with masks in 2020 but lip-enhancing treatments are currently having a boom moment according to Dr Tijion Esho, founder of The Esho Clinic. "We have had a 30 percent increase in requests for lip fillers."
We’re lip-obsessed, mask or no mask. While it's important to embrace and celebrate your natural beauty, there's nothing wrong with enhancing what you have – if you want to do so.
Before taking the leap into cosmetic lip-enhancing procedures like injectables; there’s a huge variety of non-invasive treatments out there to try first. Maybe you've tried creating depth with lip liner but to no avail, so here are your options…
Firstly, you can try lip-plumping glosses, masks and devices that you can do at home. You can buy these online, they are packed with nutrients that boost the blood flow to the lips creating more collagen for a fuller pout.
Second up, you may want to consider microneedling your lips. The popular skincare treatment involves tiny needles that cause micro-channels directly down into the deepest layer of the skin, mainlining skincare ingredients to the areas that can benefit the most. And while it's most commonly used on the forehead and cheeks, it's also effective on the lips. GloPro's range of microneedling tool including a new attachment specifically designed for lips, offering a slightly gentler treatment. After 60 seconds of rolling, you apply your favourite lip treatments to fuller effect.
Lastly, you could try some natural solutions (most of which can be found in your kitchen cupboard). We called upon Huda Kattan, renowned beauty blogger and founder of Huda Beauty, for her expert recommendations when it comes to giving lips that extra oomph.
Cinnamon: "Cinnamon’s been used in beauty for thousands of years, and because it stimulates blood flow so effectively, it’s one of the main ingredients in a ton of lip plumpers. For a lip plumper on the go, add a couple of drops of cinnamon oil to your fave lip gloss. For a more intense effect, mix cinnamon powder with something similar; Vaseline, olive oil, honey, or any balm, and apply this to your lips for a minute or so before removing with a damp towel. You’ll notice an intense tingling; this just means it’s working!”
Wasabi: "Believe it or not, Wasabi isn’t just delicious with your sushi; it will also plump up your lips in no time at all. Rub a minimal amount over your lips and leave on for no more than a minute. It might feel a little uncomfortable, but it’s got to feel better than an injection!”
Peppermint Oil: "Like cinnamon, peppermint also causes a rush of blood to your lips. Mix peppermint oil with a little honey, apply to your lips and remove after one minute. Alternatively, add a few drops of peppermint oil to your lip balm or gloss and plump as you go.”
And as important as proper prep is, it's also key to consider the type of lip makeup you go for. Liquid lipsticks that are packed with pigment can add shape and fullness to lips, and have the added benefit of lasting all day long.
Give these lip plumping glosses, devices and masks a try…
This plumping serum and electronic plumping device gives you safe and instant results. It increases the blood flow and nutrient delivery to the lips boosting collagen to create a smooth and plump look.