One of the first places age shows on your face is the lips. And photoaging, from damaging UV rays, is the number one culprit for creating those pesky fine lines and wrinkles that form around the mouth and serve as tiny valleys for lipsticks and liners to settle into.
“These creases are actually where the lip skin is slightly thinner in one particular spot and a crease forms when the lip muscle ‘puckers’. The more aging and sun damage there is in the skin, the worse the creases can be,” says Newport Beach, CA, plastic surgeon Douglas L. Hendricks, MD. That means your best bet to lessen these lines is with sun protection. But many women that love their lipstick forgo proper protection on their lips. That’s why we gathered a few lipstick options that contain higher-than-average SPF protection, but still look and feel like your favorite lipstick, maybe even better.
Available in 23 rich and highly-pigmented hues of classic reds and pretty pinks, 29 Cosmetics RESERVES Grape Seed Age Protecting Moisturizing Lipsticks ($25) are moisturizing, but still protect your lips with SPF 20. They are also antioxidant-enriched for further sun protection.
For long-lasting, glossy colors Vincent Longo Lipstain ($23) contains aloe vera and vitamin E to nourish delicate lip tissue and SPF 15 to protect against UV rays. The slight scent of vanilla is also a welcome addition to the soft, non-bleeding colors.
If you are looking for color and fuller lips, KaplanMD Lip 20 Moisture Therapy ($30) comes in five shades and contains SPF 20 for sunburn protection, as well as hyaluronic filling spheres and peptides to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and plump tissue.
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