Over time, collagen breaks down in the skin on the face and body—hello saggy knees and a not-so-contoured jawline—but did you know it can also impact the lips? Repeated mechanical actions like sipping through a straw and smoking can cause vertical lines around the perimeter of the lips, which can be difficult to treat. Even smiling affects the way the lips age, and when we begin to notice our lipstick feathering, it may be time to take action. In-office filler injections can smooth lip lines for long-term results, but if you’re looking for a more DIY approach, these formulas can help smooth lip lines and plump your pout at home.
RéVive Lip Perioral Renewal Serum ($115)
This lip serum oozes luxury, from the silky feeling it leaves behind to the star ingredient, bio-renewal peptide, which is clinically proven to visibly diminish fine lines around the lips.
A targeted vertical line repair serum that helps rehydrate perioral skin around the lip area for a more youthful appearance. Apply it around your lip area both morning and night after cleansing (and toning, if that’s part of your routine).
Revision Skincare YouthFull Lip Replenisher ($38)
This little black tube is a 2022 NewBeauty Award winner and dermatologists love it too. Plumping peptides support the dermal matrix for youthful-looking lips while hyaluronic acid hydrates and nourishing shea butter and sunflower oil restore lost moisture. You’ll love the minty flavor and cooling ceramic tip that allows for easy application as well.
Dermelect Smooth Upper Lip Professional Perioral Anti-Aging Treatment ($49)
Line-smoothing retinol, peptide-rich Matrixyl 3000, plumping hyaluronic filling spheres, brightening arbutin, tightening GABA and smoothing collagen team up in this extra-strength formula to reduce the appearance of vertical lip lines, smile lines and upper lip discoloration. You can also use it on the nasolabial folds.
StriVectin Double Fix for Lips Plumping & Vertical Line Treatment ($39)
If you’re looking for plumping and line-smoothing, opt for this two-in-one, dual-ended treatment. The Plumping Treatment doesn’t sting and delivers the perfect amount of gloss that you can use by itself or over lipstick. The Vertical Line Treatment boosts firmness around the lip line, and in clinical testing, it reduced the appearance of stubborn vertical lines in four weeks when used morning and night.
Clarins Extra-Firming Lip & Contour Balm ($48)
Balms can lean more toward creams or oils, and this one veers down the cream lane, absorbing nicely into the skin to soften harsh lines around the lips. It’s also incredibly moisturizing thanks to raspberry oil, shea butter and vitamin E, so when it’s applied before bed (massage it in with your finger), the benefits last all night.
Exuviance Targeted Lip Filler ($41.50)
Another 2022 NewBeauty Award winner, this fragrance-free formula employs firming peptides, gently exfoliating NeoGlucosamine and CitraFill, which supports skin’s natural collagen, to temporarily plump the lips. Yes, it’s a lip-plumping cream first and foremost, but the bonus is that it also smooths lines around the lips where lipstick bleeds. The applicator is hands-free too.