Learn How Lip Plumpers Work and Which Option Is Best For You

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Overwhelmed by the range of lip plumping products available now and what each of them does? There are lip plumping glosses, serums, powders, lip balms and lipsticks. They sting, they tingle, they burn. Some plumpers don’t do any of those things, they just make your lips feel full and soft. Want to know how they do that?

Why Do Lip Plumpers Sting, Burn or Tingle?

Lip Plumping products cause a range of sensations in your lips depending on their active ingredients. Those ingredients are designed to create a reaction in your lip tissue so that your lips respond with localized inflammation. The temporary inflammation is the plumping effect we want when we buy these products. We may not think of it as inflammation in the way that we would, say, if we twisted our ankle and it swelled up in response to the injury. But plumping products stimulate similar reactions from our bodies. Because the reaction is confined to our lips, we think of it as “plumping” rather than inflammation. As with all inflammation, the response is temporary and it subsides as the initial reaction wears off.

Which Lip Plumper Ingredients Can Cause Irritation?

When it comes to plumpers that cause a stinging, burning or tingling sensation, there are a few common ingredients they rely upon to irritate your lips and stimulate a slight inflammatory response. Here are some ingredients you’re most likely to see in stimulating lip plumpers:

1.     Peppermint
2.     Ginger
3.     Cinnamon
4.     Capsaicin (this ingredient gives hot peppers their heat)

All of these ingredients are safe in small amounts, unless you have an allergy or sensitivity to them. Every plumper will have its own formulation and unique combination of ingredients. Some plumpers will use just one stimulating ingredient, while others will rely on more than one to create a bigger reaction – and plumper lips. If a lip plumper creates a sensation that is painful or too uncomfortable for you, be sure to read the label and check out the list of ingredients. You can always try another plumper with different ingredients or a milder formulation.

The jury seems to be out on whether these irritants are good for your lips long term. Some dermatologist find no problem with irritants in lip plumpers because the active ingredients are used in such small amounts. Other dermatologists take a different view. “I’m not a fan of any ingredient that irritates the skin,” said Dr. Paul M. Friedman, MD to webmd.com. “If you apply too much of these plumpers and use them too frequently they can potentially cause dryness and scaling,” he continues. Fortunately, there’s more than one way to get plumper lips.

Which Lip Plumpers Don’t Sting, Burn or Tingle?

What other methods do plumpers use to give you a fuller pout? There are plumping products that use ingredients like caffeine or niacin (a form of Vitamin B) to stimulate blood flow to the lips. Some plumpers may even include a little bit of caffeine to supplement irritating ingredients like capsaicin. Others use an entirely different set of ingredients to enhance your lip volume, and they do it without irritating the delicate tissue of your lips.

What Does Hyaluronic Acid Do For Lips?

Want to know what most people have injected into their lips when they have a lip augmentation procedure? Hyaluronic Acid. A substance naturally produced by the human body, hyaluronic acid is found in your skin, joints, tissues, and around your eyes. Hyaluronic acid and collagen help keep your skin and lips looking naturally plump and youthful, and they decrease in the body as you age. So when people want to increase the size of their lips, hyaluronic acid makes sense as a lip filler.

Hyaluronic acid is also great at plumping and moisturizing your lips from the outside in. That’s right. A raisin is a dehydrated grape, right? When you take the moisture out of things – whether it’s fruit or lips – they wrinkle and shrink. Injecting or applying moisture can therefore return or even enhance volume. A rehydrated raisin will never be a grape again, but thankfully your lips will always look better with some added moisture!

BeautyGARDE Swell Lip Volume Serum

VoluLip® peptides mimics the effects of hyaluronic acid in Swell Lip Volume Serum. Combined with MaxiLip® peptides, NS Lip Repair Lipids, and rehydration spheres, you will see dramatically enhanced lip moisture, softness and volume after 30 days. Revinage®, a BioRetinol, improves skin elasticity and reduces the appearance of fine lines around the lips. That means full, moist, soft, smooth lips – without the pain of lip injections!

Because Swell is a lip serum, it means you can wear any kind of lip product you like on top of it. Not a fan of sticky lip gloss plumpers? You don’t need them anymore. With Swell, you simply apply the colorless serum to your lips, and then follow it with your lip color or lip product of choice. Love gloss? You can still wear it! With a lip volume serum, you don’t have to choose between plumping and doing what you like with your normal lip routine.

Viagra for Your Lips?

Another method for enhancing your lip volume is to increase the blood flow to the area. This is called vasodilation. According to Wikipedia.com, vasodilation is the widening of your blood vessels. “When blood vessels dilate, the flow of blood is increased due to a decrease in vascular resistance.” Blood flow is temporarily increased to your lips, causing them to plump temporarily. Jerrod Blandino, the founder of Too Faced Cosmetics, told Beautylish that he originally got the idea for his line’s lip plumper after seeing a certain late-night commercial. Because the product is applied topically, this type of lip plumper is able to confine the plumping effect just to your lip area.

The Best Lip Plumper For You

What’s the best product for you? It might be useful to do some comparison shopping and try out a few different styles of plumper. However, if you have sensitive skin, an allergy to an active ingredient, or you don’t like the sensation of stinging, burning or tingling in your lip plumper, that can help narrow your focus on a particular style of product.

BeautyGARDE Swell Lip Volume Serum does not use capsaicin or other irritating ingredients. You get plumper, softer lips without discomfort. Whoever said there’s no gain without pain hadn’t heard of Swell.

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