One of the biggest changes to happen in our skin as we age is the loss of moisture. This natural dehydration causes the skin to appear dull, and makes fine lines and wrinkles more pronounced. Although we often focus our attention on these signs of aging around our eyes and foreheads, they can also show up on our lips. And the latest Perricone MD lip balm is here to change that.
Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ Lip Therapy ($29) is an intensely hydrating and cosmetically elegant lip balm that addresses the five different ways our lips show signs of aging: vertical lip lines, loss of volume, lipstick feathering, loss of natural lip color, and dry, rough texture.
Perricone MD Lip Therapy glides on like butter and instantly makes your lips feel nourished and hydrated thanks to three key ingredients.
First up is hyaluronic acid. This molecule provides a rush of hydration that helps to soften and smooth skin while also making lips appear more plump. The formula uses low-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid, meaning the HA molecules are small enough to be absorbed deep into the skin's surface instead of simply sitting on top of it. Next, there are peptides, which are chains of amino acids that help the skin appear thicker and firmer. Finally, a blend of omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids work to protect and strengthen the skin's moisture barrier. A strong moisture barrier will help your lips hold onto hydration, and ultimately perk them back up.
To supplement these power-packed actives, the balm employs a blend of emollients (which soften and smooth skin) and occlusives (which seal in moisture)—including coconut oil, beeswax, jojoba seed oil, castor seed oil, sunflower seed oil, murumuru seed butter, and shea butter. Though I'm not yet dealing with the signs of lip aging the formula is meant to address, I used it this weekend to revive my lips after a windy bike ride in 30°F weather and it worked wonders. It made my lips feel instantly hydrated, and thanks to rosemary leaf and sunflower extracts, it has a super subtle yet gorgeous and refreshing scent.
If you're looking for a lip balm that goes above and beyond to perk up your pout while conditioning your skin, the Perricone MD Lip Therapy is perfect.
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