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The Best Lip Plumpers to Pump Up a Thin Pout

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There are certain changes to our physical appearance that come about as we age. Though we may not exactly usher our wrinkles and gray hair in with open arms, they’re far from unexpected by the time they do arrive. One transformation you may not have been quite as mentally prepared for, however, is the thinning of your lips. Be they average or voluptuous, our puckers begin to shrink over time, with some showing a loss of volume as early as our late 20s or early 30s. Our favorite, surgery-free solution? Lip plumper, of course! 

What is lip plumper? 

A lip plumper is exactly what it sounds like — a product that gives your pout a fuller, more plumped-up appearance. Most last between one to four hours, with some even promising to improve the volume of your lips gradually over time. 

That’s good news for those (read: most) of us watching our lips do a vanishing act as the years go by. “Young lips are full because young skin contains plenty of collagen and naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid, which keeps your lips moist and plump from the inside out,” California-based dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu, M.D., explained to Byrdie in 2019. “All of us tend to get thinner lips over time.” 

How does lip plumper work? 

According to plastic surgeon Dr. David Shafer, M.D., who spoke to TODAY about the subject last year, “Topical lip plumpers work by holding onto moisture in the skin surface, which results in a localized swelling effect. This gives the lips a fuller and smoother appearance.”  

These same effects can also be caused by mild irritants found within these products, such as capsicum (a type of pepper), cinnamon, or menthol, which cause blood to rush to the surface of your skin. 

“Many of the ingredients purposefully cause a localized irritation … which increases blood flow and localized swelling, resulting in plumper appearance,” Shafer explained. 

As for lip plumping devices, like Juvalips ($99.95, Amazon), a boosted pucker is formed with increased blood flow via a little help from this machine’s firm suction action. 

The Best Lip Plumper

Whether you’re looking for a subtle puff or a Lisa Rinna-sized pout, these products will get you closer to your desired results better than than almost anything, sans for an injectable filler.  A word of caution: Those with allergies or sensitive skin may want to pass or consult with a dermatologist before using products that may cause irritation. Keep scrolling for Woman’s World’s picks for the best lip plumpers on the market. 

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