Lip Plumper 101
Fuller lips are all the rage right now and there are tons of trendy lip plumpers on the market to prove it. But what exactly is a lip plumper and how does it work? We break down the 3 ways to plump your lips, from least to most pampering:
Solution #1: Lip Fillers
Lip fillers are exactly what they sound like, chemicals the fill the cells in your lips with plumping ingredients, typically hyaluronic acid, via needle. At $400–600 a pop, these semi-permanent injections are a painful and expensive way to achieve a fuller pout.
Solution #2: Bee Venom
Yep. Bee venom. Some lip plumpers contain this animal ingredient to fool skin into thinking it has been stung, creating a swelling effect when applied topically. Many doctors recommend avoiding bee venom products, especially if you have allergies or sensitive skin.
Solution #3: Lip Treatments
Formulated with natural ingredients, like capsicum from chili peppers, cinnamon, peppermint, and menthol, lip treatments use ingredients commonly found in spicy food to temporarily swell lips for a fuller appearance. Called “transient swelling”, these ingredients increase blood flow to the surface of the lips, according to dermatologist Patricia Farris, MD, of Tulane University School of Medicine. (source: WebMD)
For an even plumper lip, capsicum, cinnamon, peppermint, and menthol are often combined with peptides and hydrating, humectant ingredients like shea butter, cocoa butter, and oils, including macadamia, sweet almond, and jojoba, to add shine and fill in fine lines, reflecting light for a more voluminous look.
Bottom line: Lip treatments are the most natural way to achieve a fuller, plumper lip. And yes, they do work.
Here’s how to get your fullest lips in 2 easy steps:
To maximize the benefits of your lip treatment, you’ll want to remove any dry, flakey skin first, giving you an even surface to work with and allowing plumping ingredients to work deeper. You can use a damp washcloth to remove dull skin, or go more pampering with a sugar lip scrub like Bring on the Bubbly™, flavored with sparkling champagne and ginger.
Apply your favorite lip plumper—we love Perfectly Posh Smoocheroo™ Mega Lip Plumper—and press lips together to help activate the plumping process; avoid eating or drinking for about 5 minutes to get the full benefit of the ingredients.
A note about plumping: your lips will get used to your lip plumper over time, making it less effective. We like to use ours on date night and when we want a pouty lip to match our bed head.