Beauty: Lip SOS

The skin on the lip is made up of 3 to 5 cellular layers and is very thin compared to the skin on the rest of the face, which typically runs up to 16 layers deep. The mucous membrane of the lips is full of capillaries (tiny blood vessels) that are close to the translucent surface, this is what gives our lips its reddish color.

The difference between our skin and our lips is that our lips don’t have any sebaceous glands, these glands keep our skin moisturised, so our lips only source of moisture is our saliva, and that’s why they can easily become dry and chapped.

As our body ages it produces less of the critical protein called collagen. These signs become apparent on our lips as they start to lose their plumpness and become thinner as we age, the area right around the upper lip is one of those places that start to show lines quickly. Other factors could be down to forgetting to use sunscreen there, and the movement of the radial muscles you use to purse your mouth together (notice in smokers aged in their 40s and 50s deep set lines along the top of their mouths). Some suggestions on how to best save and protect your lips:

Omorovicza Perfecting Lip Balm: Revive and nourish dry lips with this cooling and plumping lip balm. Contains Shea Butter, eucalyptus oil and hyaluronic spheres, this gently tingling balm leaves lips feeling fuller, softer and smoother. Using index finger, apply small amount to the lips as treatment throughout the day.

Revive Skincare Intensive Moisturising Lip Balm: This luxuriously hydrating lip balm intensely nourishes and cushions the delicate skin on lips. The unique applicator tip provides a cooling comfort sensation to help repair, moisturise and protect lips from dryness and environmental damage. Powered by RES technology and featuring ultra-rich conditioners and emollients.

This Works Energy Bank Tinted Lips: A soothing lip conditioner with a hit of colour, contains natural oils, vitamin E and peptides to help plump and re-define lip contours, a great daily hydration. 

Clarins Extra-Firming Lip & Contour Balm: This soothing balm is packed with soothing Raspberry Seed Oil and nourishing Shea Butter, it visibly replenishes, softens and moisturizes dry chapped lips. Smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the lip contour area. Lips appear natural fuller, younger and beautifully defined, improved result with every use.

The Body Shop Lip Care Translucent 4G: A highly nourishing lipcare stick that gives silky-smooth, conditioning to dry chapped lips. This balm softens and hydrates perfect for on-the-go moisture.

Key tip for gorgeous lips is to look for one or more of these ingredients in your lipsticks: Shea butter, clarified butter, vitamin E and jojoba oil. These moisturise your lips and prevent them from drying out. Always remove your lip makeup using a good lip makeup remover or olive or almond or coconut oil.

About the Author

London’s go-to prestigious beauty therapist. Fere is renowned for her bespoke non-invasive facials, tailor made and adapted to the needs of each and every client. She now counts more than 30 years experience and a wealth of beauty knowledge in her endless pursuit for the body beautiful. Fere & Hasti is founded by mother and daughter duo. Hasti Parangi, Fere’s daughter also offers bespoke facials and also practices holistic healing. The two talents make Neville hair and beauty, 5 Pont Street, Belgravia SW1X 9EJ an unrivaled one-stop to wellbeing and younger, brighter, beautiful skin. Follow them on instagram @fereandhasti and check out their website at