Get a perfect, plump pout—not "fish lips"
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Of course we all want luscious lips, but soon after our teens, collagen loss can cause lips to thin. "Collagen breakdown begins to break down in your 20s and speeds up in your mid-30s and beyond," says Dennis Gross, M.D., dermatologist and creator of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare. Sun exposure and smoking further accelerate the process, but you can reverse it. Pick up tips from the pros on how to keep your lips looking full and kissable.
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To help stimulate collagen, apply products that contain peptides as well as ones that moisturize. "Your lips don't have oil glands and are prone to dryness, which highlights thin lips," explains Dr. Gross. Apply a lip balm made with vitamin E or shea butter to fight off dryness. Opt for one that also has SPF 15 or higher to limit sun damage and reapply throughout the day. Finish with a swipe of lipstick that's formulated with peptides.
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"The quickest way to full lips is to use a plumping lip gloss," says celebrity makeup artist Kimara Ahnert. They contain ingredients like mint or cinnamon to stimulate blood vessels and cause lips to swell. You'll notice a light tingle after applying—this means it's working. Look for one with shimmer to reflect light away from fine lines.
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This beauty must-have contains hydrating ingredients—like shea butter—that your lips crave. The SPF also helps to prevent future damage.
SHOP NOW: Aquaphor Lip Repair + Protect SPF 30, $5
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Packed with peptides and retinol to fight fine lines, this lipstick will make your kisser look prettier right away and will improve its look over time. It's also available in ten gorgeous shades.
SHOP NOW: Avon Beyond Color Plumping Lip Color SPF 15, $6
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Harness the power of nature for your pout. Essences of cinnamon and peppermint work together to swell lips.
SHOP NOW: Sally Hansen Lip Inflation, $7