Lip plumpers are cosmetic products that you apply to your lips to make them appear fuller. There are three kinds of lip plumpers:
The first kind uses ingredients (like menthol, menthoxypropanediol or camphor) that irritate lips, causing them to swell slightly. The tingly feeling you’re experiencing is your lips reacting to these ingredients. This type of lip plumpers shouldn’t be used frequently as it may damage your lips. Don’t apply it on dry, sensitive or on any open mouth wound as that can be painful.
The second type uses ingredients (like peptides and retinols) that stimulate collagen production and elastin, making lips appear fuller. However, experts are still debating the efficacy of this type of lip plumpers. Some say that using these products repeatedly actually stimulates collagen production, while others don’t think they have any long-term effects.
The third kind, instead, works by adding microspheres to the lip tissue which attracts water molecules to lips, giving them a fuller appearance.
So, do lip plumpers work? Yes, they do, but they’re not miracle products. If you have thin lips and are looking for a dramatic plumped effect, then you’ll be disappointed. Lip plumpers only make lips appear slightly bigger for just a few hours and they need to be reapplied throughout the day to maintain the results.