Skincare Discoveries of Late: Long term plump lips and fewer lines around the eyes

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!


In the photo below I’m wearing a thinner foundation and concealer, but you can see that they whole area is firmer, plumper, and line-free:

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.

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22 Responses to Skincare Discoveries of Late: Long term plump lips and fewer lines around the eyes

  1. Vijaya says:

    I use tretinoin, and it works great! Gotta love retinol!

  2. Dempeaux says:

    @Vijaya That’s great! I want to step up to Tretinoin in the next few months when my skin is really used to the retinol. It makes such a difference to the skin! :)

  3. Jen W says:

    Wow, sexy lips! *wolf whistles*

  4. Dempeaux says:

    @Jen Haha! Thanks :)

  5. Suzanne says:

    wooow. if only all this wonderful stuff wasn’t oil-based :/

  6. Dempeaux says:

    @Suzanne Actually, the Vit C serum would probably work really well on your lips! I don’t think the retinol would be a problem oil-wise, but in terms of your skin sensitivities I may be a concern. I think it would be really interesting to buffer some Retinol 0.5% with an oil-free moisturser and see how your skin reacted. In a thin layer, it might work well :)

  7. Nat says:

    I know this is kind of beside the point in a skin care post but your hair colour looks fab in those pics Sarah!

  8. Dempeaux says:

    @Nat Thankyou! I love my hairdresser – she’s so talented :)

  9. In the second photo of your face, your skin looks lifted and much brighter. It’s great that you found something that worked. I was disappointed that tretinoin didn’t do anything for me. I can really see the difference around your eyes.

  10. Dempeaux says:

    @Zuzu’s Petals Thanks for noticing the difference! :) What a shame that Tretinoin didn’t work for you! I have read that in a handful of cases it doesn’t do much :( Perhaps vitamin c would be a better fit?

  11. Great results! Have you tried using the retinol in other areas as well? Or do you only apply to crows feet area?

  12. Dempeaux says:

    @ProductDoctor I use retinol on my face, neck and chest, all with great results. I’m just careful to apply a really good sunscreen to those areas every day. I’d like to start using Tretinoin in a few months when my skin is really used to the retinol :)

  13. Suzanne says:

    @Demps: hurrr, I might flatter myself, but I don’t know if I need to amp up my lips anymore. I’ve gotten in trouble for being pouty my whole life :/

  14. Dempeaux says:

    @Suzanne Show off ;)

  15. Wow, you look fantastic! You really are making they products really work for you. May I ask what you’re wearing on your eyes in the ‘Box’ pictures?
    Jane x

  16. Dempeaux says:

    @ModestyBrown Thankyou! I’m so glad to have found a regime that is so effective! I’m wearing “There Will Be Cake” from Shiro Cosmetics in the ‘Box’ pictures. It’s such a pretty colour :)

  17. Your skin looked great even before, but I can really see the difference around the eyes in the recent shots. Never thought to put the Vit C on lips- seems obvious now!! Will start tonight!

  18. Dempeaux says:

    @Julie Thankyou! Yes, I don’t know why I’ve never put vitamin c on the lips either!

  19. Jessica says:

    Your skin is incredible… I’m jealous!

  20. Dempeaux says:

    @Jess Awww thankyou! I’ve still got some way to go, but it’s a big improvement :)

  21. I’m really getting into your skincare posts as I’ve started to take much more notice of my skin lately. I’m going to prioritise skincare this summer and see how I do. I’m off to explore this other article, and I may be getting back to you with questions, be warned!

    http://www.styleonthecouch.com

  22. Dempeaux says:

    @StyleOnTheCouch That’s wonderful, although your skin looks pretty good to me! All questions are welcome! :)

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