Keep up your skin-care routine.
“Skin-barrier disruption and inflammation, whether it comes from over-scrubbing, dryness, or even free-radical damage, may shorten the duration of fillers,” says Zeichner. To combat that disruption, he suggests keeping up a simple skin-care routine of a gentle cleanser, antioxidant serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen. His skin-care staple product is Dove’s White Beauty Bar, which he says is “as gentle and hydrating as they come.”
Use plumping products.
As you’re curating that skin-care routine, look for products that stimulate collagen and plump the skin. No topical product will have the instant results of a hyaluronic acid injection, but they can still help in a pinch while we don’t have access to injectors. Zeichner recommends Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair night cream, Schaf Moisturizer, and Kate Somerville DeliKate Recovery Cream.
“I find that eye masks are particularly useful for sensitive skin around the eyes and crow’s feet,” says Zeichner. Lately, he’s been recommending Innbeauty Project Electrify Lightening Bolt Eye Masks, which contain hyaluronic acid to plump and caffeine to depuff.
The effects of lip filler generally last from six to 12 months, explains King. Your particular duration will vary from person to person and depend on the exact type of filler your injector used. Even with those variables, there are a few steps anyone can take to help keep lips plump for longer.
“Most lip fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, and hyaluronic acid binds water,” says King. “This property will vary a bit depending on the exact filler, but in general, one way to enhance the effect of the filler is to stay well-hydrated.” If there’s more water to bind to the hyaluronic acid, the result is even plumper lips.
Look out for emollients and avoid drying ingredients.
We always recommend closely reading your ingredient list, but now is the time to break out your magnifying glass and read the fine print. King recommends using a lip balm that contains occlusive emollients like petrolatum, beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter, or shea butter. These ingredients create a physical barrier to prevent moisture loss, she says. In addition, the ingredient list should include humectant ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, which attract moisture. “Humectants attract moisture, and the occlusives keep it from evaporating,” she explains.