Two things I’ve been experimenting with over the last two weeks has been vitamin applied to the lips (using the 10% Tetra Serum I made here) and applying retinol to the eye area, avoiding the eyelids. I’ve experienced excellent results with both.
After using Lanolips 101 Ointment on my lips for years, my lips have become plumper because they are so well hydrated, but applying vitamin c directly to my lips once a day when I apply it to the rest of my face has made an even bigger difference.
Below are two photos that hopefully illustrate this difference. The first was taken a few months ago during summer. In this photo I’m actually wearing a Rouge Bunny Rouge lipstick, which, if anything, adds a look of fullness to the lips. I had already been using Lanolips 101 Ointment for years:
I took these photos yesterday before I went out. I’m wearing a matte lipstick (Illamasqua ‘Box’), and even though mattes are less forgiving to the thin-lipped, you can see that my lips are much fuller than they were:
My lips are also in better condition: smoother and needing much less exfoliation. I’m not sure how a (potentially) more irritating L-Ascorbic Acid variant of vitamin c would work on the lips, but certainly the milder Tetra works well.
Below are rare pictures of me without my glasses to illustrate the difference Skinceuticals Retinol 0.5% has made around my eye area. I have been applying it under the eye and to the ‘crow’s feet’ area, but not to the lid. Whilst, initially, the lines did look a little worse, perserverance proved key, and my eye area now looks firmer with less wrinkles.
The first picture was also taken a few months ago during summer. I am wearing heavier foundation and concealer in the first photo than the second. Forgive the goofy look – I find these very hard because I really can’t see anything without my glasses!
I’m really pleased with the effect the regime has had on my skin overall too, and in this second photo you can also see the difference the vitamin c has made to my lips! Remember, though, that wherever you use retinol, you MUST use a sunscreen, as retinol makes your skin more sensitive to the sun.
For more information on my current skincare regime, check out this post.