Lines around the Mouth – Quitting these Habits may help

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Lines around the mouth are one of the most ageing set of wrinkles people get – tiny vertical lines radiating from the borders of the lips.

Once these lines have made an appearance, no amount of moisturising will get rid of them. Luckily there are several treatments available at Cosmetic Doctor that can help minimise their appearance, including use of dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injectables.

Eliminating some habits may help stop these lines from appearing in the first place, or at least keep them at bay for a while.


Smoking is horrendously bad for your skin. It’s bad for your health in general, but it really impacts skin as it damages collagen and elastin, the elements that give skin its support and structure.

This directly contributes to wrinkles and lines around the mouth. Repeated contortions of the mouth muscles to puff on a cigarette create ‘smokers lines’ around the mouth. If you want skin that still looks youthful as you age, smoking is one habit to give up immediately before the damage gets worse.

Drinking Out of a Straw

When you drink out of a straw, you purse your lips in a manner similar to smoking a cigarette.

People who drink out of a straw often have a characteristic pattern of lines and wrinkles around their mouth that resemble those you see in smokers.

Chewing Gum

Chewing gum sounds like a harmless habit but, as with smoking, repeatedly contorting the mouth muscles and overusing the jaw contributes to breakdown of collagen and elastin and causes mouth lines to appear sooner.

There’s no reason why you can’t chew a stick of gum once in a while, but don’t become a compulsive gum chewer!

Sleeping on Your Side

Do you wake up dribbling into your pillow? If you sleep on your side or bury your face into a pillow, you’re going to wake up with criss-crossed sleep lines all over your face, particularly the lower half.

This may seem innocuous and initially they only last a few hours; but as we age and our collagen and elastin levels decline, our skin doesn’t bounce back the way it used to.

Sleeping on a satin pillow may be the stuff of fairytales but moisturise well in the evenings and try not to bury your face in the pillow to keep skin looking youthful.

To find out more about treating smokers lines and improving lip volume, call Cosmetic Doctor on 01 685 3100.

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