Christmas time: put up the tree, hang the decorations, and pucker up for kisses under the mistletoe…
Yes, kissing under the mistletoe has been a staple custom for years, and was first described in 1820. Tradition goes that each time a kiss took place under the plant, young men would have to pluck a berry; when the berries were finished, the men’s privileges came to an end.
Of course, there are other means of getting that Christmas kiss in the bag: festive red lipstick, balm to keep chapped skin at bay, or just ensuring everyone drinks too much sherry.
A more sober option to consider is lip enhancement: it might be just the thing to treat yourself to this year, before the party invitations come flooding in, that is.
There are a variety of reasons why people opt for lip enhancement: some of us just want a plumper pout, but the natural ageing process may also have caused the lips to become thinner and lose definition.
One particular area that changes with age is the V-shaped area around the upper lip, known as the Cupid’s Bow. Vertical lines form around the mouth and can cause lipstick to bleed, but lip enhancement with dermal fillers can fix this.
Enhancement involves injecting a filler to plump up appearance. Modern fillers, such as Juvederm, incorporate a local anaesthetic so the process is surprisingly comfortable.
It can take as little as thirty minutes for results that’ll last for months. Initially there might be a little swelling and even bruising, but this quickly subsides to reveal luscious lips fit for those mistletoe moments.
What’s more, you can kiss goodbye to fine wrinkles around the mouth, too.
Simply discuss your lip plumping requirements with a cosmetic treatments doctor, and you’ll be hot-to-trot before you even think about that little black dress.
So employ your own little helper this year, and consider taking Christmas kisses into your own hands.