A lip plumper works through topical application. The ingredients trigger minor irritation, which causes the lips to swell slightly and increases blood flow to the area. The effect is not as marked as the results from lip augmentation procedures, but it is enough to cause a "bee stung" appearance. Typically, the results last for two to four hours, but there is some variation which is due to the type of lip plumper used and your personal responsiveness to the ingredients contained in the product.
Plump lips are currently a popular trend in the beauty industry, with many women seeking to look younger or more alluring. One of the options for achieving this look is to have lip fillers injected, but the cost, discomfort and potential risk can be daunting. Therefore, many people are choosing lip plumpers, as a safer and more affordable alternative.
Some lip plumpers are more effective than others, so it worth spending a little time researching what you should be looking for and checking the ingredients list on products. Two of the key ingredients to look for are dipalmitoy hydroxyproline and palmitoyl oligopeptide, which are peptides. Peptides are absorbed very easily by the skin, and stimulate the production of hyaluronic acid and collagen in the lips. Hyaluronic acid produces an almost instant effect through triggering minor irritation and swelling. Collagen stimulation can help your lips to appear naturally plumper in the long term.
In addition to this, lip plumpers may also contain ingredients which will further encourage the flow of blood to the lips, to make them appear more prominent. Ingredients to look out for include menthol, camphor, l-arginine and Vitamin B. The best lip plumpers are unlikely to contain all four of these, but you should select a product which at least contains one or two of them.
If you are prone to chapped lips or dry skin, also check the ingredients list for Vitamin E, which is very nourishing and moisturizing. Candelilla wax and ceramides will further help, by locking in some of the moisture. These ingredients are also good for women who have fine lines around the mouth, as products with moisturizing properties will diminish the look of wrinkles. If this applies to you, also look for lip plumpers containing retinols such as retinaldehyde, which promotes the synthesis of collagen.
If you are shopping for a lip plumper, you should also be looking for ingredients you should potentially avoid if you have sensitive skin. Peppermint oil, cinnamon leaf oil, niacin and ginger root extract can all produce an appearance of plumpness, but can also trigger redness and irritation if your skin is prone to sensitivity. Long term use can have negative effects, even if the initial results of the lip plumper seem good.
Because everyone will have their own individual response to certain ingredients, you may have to shop around a little to find the perfect lip plumper for you. If you have a history of skin sensitivity, always test unfamiliar products on a small area first.
Author : Jerry Lee has been working in medical supply industry for more than five years. He loves to write about the medical supply industry for different blogs. He is currently working for EMedItems in City of Industry, CA.