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Beauty Notes: Lip Rejuvenation?
Posted by Joy Rothke, Tuesday, June 17, 2008 3:04 PM (Eastern)


Several months ago, I began following an extensive (81 pages and still going) thread on the EDS (Essential Day Spa) forum about a product named Lips2Kiss that "rejuvenates" your lips. I've always been satisfied with my lips, though I admit to a serious lip balm habit. I've always had very dry lips, no matter the season.

Lips2Kiss
is a line operated by a woman in Orem, Utah named Kandis, and her products were getting some serious raves on EDS--and they're not an easy group to impress.

According to Kandis, the aging process of one's lips can be interrupted by using her regimen. It's neither simple nor cheap, and requires a significant investment of time and the exclusive use of her products. Could I give up my beloved balms and pencils and enormous collection of (pretty much the same nude shade) lipsticks and glosses?

Of course, I was skeptical, but the reviews and results photos on EDS and Kandis' site showed some dramatic improvements.

I decided to give it a try, and Kandis set me up with some products about five weeks ago. The core of her regimen is four-part Spa LipCare System, ($79) consisting of an exfoliating creme, a lip creme, a lip hydrator and a lip glaze. (It sounds a bit complicated but you can get with the system pretty quickly.)

You send a closeup of your lips to Kandis, and she recommends a regimen. Since I have dry lips, I exfoliate once weekly. For the first couple of weeks, you're supposed to use the other three products all day long--optimally re-applying every half hour or so. Additionally, you're supposed to heat your lips lips with a blow dryer every morning and evening for 90 seconds. According to Kandis, this aids in the absorption of the products. Though I've been a very compliant lip rejuvenator, I must admit that I sometimes skip the heat portion of my program. Sometimes it's just too hot to do it, and I've also found that it can exacerbate my rosacea.

Some people experience severe peeling of the lips, but mine has been light. I also haven't had too many problems remembering to apply my products all day, every day--but as a lip balm addict, I'm used to that. The products are unscented and very soothing, so I like using them.

From my own experience, and what I've read on EDS, the women using these products are interested in returning their lips to a natural, healthy state. I have no interest in having huge trout lips or the fakey Lisa Rinna/Juverderm/Restylane horrors. I'll be happy if my lips look and feel moist and healthy. (If the marionette lines above my lips are reduced, that'll be nice as well.)

After a few weeks, depending on one's progress, users can advance to Time2Heal, a three-in-one product that applies like lip gloss, as well as a colored glaze. You still do the three-part system with heat every AM and PM. For most users, full rejuvenation is a process that takes three to six months. Kandis' philosophy is similar to the Dr Hauschka, in that overuse of chemical and artificial products ruins the ability of your skin and lips to self-regulate. In other words, once you get on the chapstick train, ain't no getting off.

Has it worked for me? I think so. My lips are fuller and smoother, and the color is better. I think the upper line is more defined and some of the small lines above my upper lip are reduced. My before (top) and after (bottom) photos show my progress after 30 days. (I took both pictures and they haven't been Photoshopped in any way.) I'm going to keep rejuvenating.







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2 comment(s)  
 
June 17, 2008 4:36 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Wow, that's really intense. You find some cool stuff! Are those your lips? Looks like it actually does something...

 
June 17, 2008 4:47 PM, Blogger Joy Rothke said...

They are my own lips, without any product.

 
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