Learn about... Types of Lip Plumping Ingredients!

Welcome to another edition of "Learn About". This time we're going to talk about Lip Plumping products. Have you ever wonder if they actually work? What causes that tingling feeling? Read on to find out!

Lip filling techniques have been around for decades. Women have always perceived having fuller lips as being a standard of beauty and youth. In the late 1990s there was a huge boost in popularity for rejuvenation surgery including cosmetic surgeries. Some of these surgeries implemented the use of new lip augmentation substances like collagen, dermalogen, or Gore-tex implants. From then on many different products and techniques have been developed to improve lip augmentation surgeries.

But there are topical alternatives to these pricey sometimes scary surgical procedures that consist of having tiny needles insert the substance to the sensitive skin of your lips. Of course we're talking about the so-called Lip Plumpers. These cosmetic products are known to give you fuller lips that last for a couple of hours. 

The question is, what makes them work so? In order to answer that we need to take a closer look at the ingredient list for these products. Here's the list we came up with!

Common ingredients


This protein is a type of collagen that usually comes from bovine, porcine, and sharks. It has a high moisture retention capacity making it a common moisturizing ingredient in many skin care products.

It's basically a water-soluble collagen that works together with other plumping ingredients to create that supple lip effect.

The Loreal Infallible Plumping Lip Gloss is infused with this ingredient.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most common ingredients used  in cosmetics because of its many uses. This ingredient is naturally found in the human body as a concentrated fluid in the eyes and joints. It's often prescribed to treat various joint disorders and certain eye surgeries. Hyaluronic Acid is also used during lip filling procedures.

On topical lip products, Hyaluronic Acid irritates the skin making blood accumulate to the surface. This is what causes the tingling sensation and ultimately the "plumped" look.

Menthone Glycerine Acetal

Menthol is an organic compound that comes from mint. It has a very strong fragrance. We see it used in many nonprescription products such as decongestants, cough medicines and lip balms.

Menthone Glycerine Acetal is actually a derivative of Menthol. It doesn't irritate the skin as much but still produces that tingling, cooling sensation.

Buxom is known to use this ingredient on their lip plumping products such as Full-On Lip Polish.

Dictyopteris Membranacea Extract

This ingredient is a sea fern native of the Atlantic, France and American coasts. It changes colors in the summer and has a very strong smell when pulled out of the water.

Cosmetologists use this ingredient on skin and hair products due to its anti-oxidant and anti-aging properties. It's also used on some lip plumping products because it stimulates collagen and leaves the skin more supple.

LipFusion's signature Amplifat technology consists on this algae extract working together with micro collagen spheres that plump your lips in instants . Check out their Micro Collagen Color Shine and their Multi Action Liquid Shine

Other ingredients

Bee Venom

Bee venom isn't as commonly used as other ingredients mentioned on this list but it is just as effective. The venom acts as an inflammatory substance on the lips. The skin reacts to it as if it had been stung by a bee.

Capsicum Resin

This ingredient is found in peppers. It produces a tingling sensation and plumps lips.

Cinnamon Oil

Cinnamon extract is a popular homemade way to plump your lips. By rubbing some of it on your lips it cause skin irritation and increase blood circulation. Combine it with some petroleum jelly and apply it with a toothbrush. You'll have plumper lips for a short period of time.


Celebrities like the Kardashians have been strong endorsers of the "full lip" effect. Lip plumpers are a temporary solution to achieving that look. They usually come as lip glosses because that "full lip" effect happens thanks to the shiny wet look the product produces. 

Thanks to science we have all kinds of topical options to choose from without having to set foot on a clinic. We hope this post has informed you enough to know what to choose next time you go makeup shopping :)

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7th Mar 2019

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