With Valentine’s Day around the corner, what a better time to understand what makes beautiful kissable, irresistible lips?
Lips not only symbolize beauty, but also express our inner health and how we care for ourselves.
Let me explain…
Our lips are like a sponge. When exposed to moisture, they absorb water and plump up. But when dehydrated, they dry out and shrink. In fact, our lips dry out ten times faster than the rest of the skin on your face. When our faces are exposed to the cold dry air (typically the weather right around this time of year) our lips will be the first to suffer.
The skin on the lips is unlike skin anywhere else on the body. It’s much thinner, allowing the blood vessels to be visible (which is what makes our lips look red). And our lips have no oil glands. Because of this, lips have little protective barrier and will quickly rough and chapped.
Look in the mirror, are you noticing your lips are not in tip top shape. Here are some tips.
- Drink more water throughout the day
- Lick the smacking habit, or smack your licking habit, in other words, try not to lick your lips as much
- Look for hydrating ingredients in your lip balms, moisturizers and lipsticks such as shea butter, glycerin, beeswax, vitamin E, coconut oil. Use camphor, eucalyptus, or menthol sparingly if you have irritated lips.
- Exfoliate when necessary. A mild lip scrub will soften and remove excess dry skin around the lip area.
- Avoid brushing or rubbing your lips when they are flaky or peeling. Resist the urge to PICK off the flakes. Instead, soften them with lip balm and lightly exfoliate the flakes off.
- Treat cracks right away with a lip moisturizer
- At night, apply the lip balm of your choice before you go to bed. Many of us sleep with our mouths open. Eight hours of breathing in and out through our mouths can dry your lips out.
- Use sun protection on the lips
- If your lips are dry, before you wash you face, apply a balm to your lips. Your cleanser you use may actually be drying out your lips.
10. Take a pass on matte lip colors and switch to moisturizing lipsticks. If you love a matte lip, apply a lip conditioner before.
11. If your lips are really chapped, look for treatments with ceramides, which help to restore the skin barrier.
Lastly, chronically dry or chapped lips can be a sign of vitamin or nutrient deficiency, such as vitamin B or D. Be sure to get the appropriate amount of healthy vitamins by maintaining a heathy diet or supplementing with a daily multivitamin.
Have a beautiful week and a wonderful Valentine’s Day!