Let's Get Lippy With It
We rarely give much thought to our lips, unless we burn it on hot coffee or accidentally bite it while eating. An average 22-45-year-old woman spends more time washing and moisturizing her hands than her lips. One could say it is because we use our hands more. But that is debatable. We use our lips to speak and to eat. Our lips are the first thing eyes gravitate to when we speak to someone. It is the gateway to a good impression, and it is the single most crucial body part that pulls a look together without much effort. Its care is widely ignored.
Think of your lips as a sponge or a blank canvas. "When exposed to moisture, they absorb water and plump up. When dehydrated, they dry out and shrink," explains Bruce Bart, M.D., a dermatologist at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. And, because they're always exposed to the elements, they're prone to dehydration, particularly during the blistering cold winter months. The skin on the lips is also unlike skin anywhere else on the body: It is thinner (allowing the blood vessels to be visible, making the lips look red) and has no oil glands (oil acts as a barrier for skin, helping to protect it from the elements). Leaving them prone to harsh elements and vulnerable to damage. The result can be red, rough and painfully chapped lips that also look unflattering. Not only that, but they also couldn't hold lipstick or lip stain if you airbrushed it on. Dry, crinkly lips make a terrible look and stand out even worse with lipstick.
Chronically Peeling lips: This could be an allergic reaction to lipstick, toothpaste, food, beverage, or medication you're taking. While external cosmetics and scrubs cannot heal your peeling skin. You can maintain lip skin health with the basics of healthy fluid intake, diet and regular exfoliation and lip hydration.
Wrinkly lips: Caused by sun exposure, age, allergies, and diet can be minimized with regular lip care. The benefits of having smooth lips are immediately evident in how smooth your lips feel and how stunning they look with lipsticks and stains.
Thin lips: If you want fuller lips, the best natural option is exfoliation. Good blood flow to the lips and adequate water intake helps plump and liven lips.
Let's explore some of the many easy ways to maintain lip health.
Drink plenty of water. It is something we often neglect to do but is crucial to our health. Drinking enough water (about 8-9 glasses daily) will keep your organs working optimally, perks your metabolism and keeps skin and lips hydrated from the inside.
Kick the Licking your lips habit. Licking your lips damages the protective barrier, which can dry your lips faster, says Robert Brodell, M.D., a dermatologist in Warren, Ohio. Your Saliva contains digestive enzymes that can break down this barrier. Instead, regularly apply lip balm like Green Envy infused with Matcha Tea and Vitamin E scented with a custom blend of white tea and floral or try our lightly stained Red Berri Blast Lip Balm which is a distinctly Fall balm with hints of apple cinnamon and packed full of skin nourishing butters and oils meant to protect and hydrate lips.
Know thy Lip Butters and Balms. Look for hydrating ingredients like beeswax, shea butter, vitamin E, almond, coconut, Castor oils They should be listed at the top of the list which means the bulk of your balm is made with natural or naturally derived materials. It is a matter of personal preference, but I like my skincare product to be synthetics free promoting a clean and healthy living.If you have sensitive skin you're in luck none of our lip balms have camphor or menthol. Peppermint and spearmint will leave your lips cool and tingly, try our Mocha-Mint Lip Balm. If you are not fond of the tingling sensation, we have plenty of other options for you. The Banana Cream Lip Balm is a fruity favorite. Our Island and fruit Trio for $10 is a popular kit we often sell out of. If you would like a more extensive collection, grab the 6 Balm Treasure Trove for only $20 also popular as a gift set for loved ones or just to stock up a variety of balms for yourself.If you prefer an unscented version we have a delicate blend just for you in Pink Princess Lip Balm
Use a Humidifier. A whole home or room humidifier can replace moisture in the dry indoor air during the winter months when the air is the most arid. This helps keep skin and lips hydrated where you spend the most time.
Exfoliation, the secret weapon. Lip exfoliators (products that contain scrub bases like sugar, salt or soy and ground flours or nuts slough off dead skin and promote blood circulation. If you have sensitive skin or your lips are severely chapped and cracked, I suggest you not use salt-based lip scrubs and first heal your skin before you add exfoliation to your skincare routine. Only use these scrubs cautiously no more than once or twice weekly. Normally with a hydrated non injured lip, you may exfoliate every day. I like to exfoliate before getting ready for the day. Clean lips make an excellent base for smooth lipstick adhesion.
We have some excellent options for you to choose from. Our Mango Mai-Tai Lip Scrub which is fragrant with hints of tropical fruit scents and nourishing oils like meadowfoam and avocado oil will exfoliate and nourish your lips. The Almond Macaroon Lip Scrub is a sweet hint of deliciousness and pure white. The Truffles and Toffees lip scrub is as it promises, a scrumptious raw cacao powder and scented like a melting bar of fantastic chocolate.
Protect, protect, protect. Lips are susceptible to sunburn since they lack melanin, the pigment that helps shield skin from the sun. Make sure to use a lip balm if you are not fond of lipsticks or want to rock a natural look for the day.
Show stopper Lips Start with simple Lip Care
Once you have your lips on point which shouldn't take more than a few minutes of your time every day you are ready to flaunt your lips to the world.
Whether you like the matte look for your lips or prefer the glossed and natural lips you can rock any style with smooth soft lips for an excellent base. In the bigger scheme of things maybe lips aren't the center of our lives but I've always believed it's the little things that count. As for me when the world is kicking my reared some days I like to handle it with a well put together lips just the same.
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