We’ve all been there: dry, chapped lips.
It happens in the winter when the air is dry. It happens in the summer when allergies come around.
So how do you keep your lips luscious and looking great? Many of us have turned to lip products without realizing that the very product that is supposed to help, actually harms. Read on!
Lips are Special
The very top layer of your skin, called the stratum corneum, has special protective properties to keep your skin moist and to protect you from light, heat and bacteria.
But your lips have a different makeup than most of your skin. The stratum corneum is just one-fifth as thick as your facial skin. There are no hair follicles or sweat glands either to provide moisture and protection. That makes lips a very sensitive, vulnerable area.
Do No Harm!
It’s shameful that many lip products use ingredients that provide very short-term relief, but damage the lips further – requiring you to reapply over and over. If you’ve ever had the feeling of being “addicted” to a lip product, that’s what is happening.
If you see any of these ingredients in a product that supposedly protects or heals lips, run! These ingredients may make your lips feel softer very temporarily, but you’ll find yourself in a never-ending cycle of applying more product to keep getting short-term relief.
Lip Product No-No’s
Sometimes we get caught up looking for miracles when it’s really the basics that will solve our problems. Before you even think about what products to use on your lips, take these common-sense measures:
Drink enough water. Your lips are among the first parts of your body that are affected when you fail to drink enough water. Keep your body hydrated!
Get proper nutrition. Your skin’s resiliency, including lips, depends on a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. A well rounded diet rich in nutrients and free of artificial chemicals will help your lips stay healthy and beautiful.
Don’t lick or bite your lips. Saliva contains elements that your body has designed to break down foods. It’s rough on your lips! Biting damages already delicate lips. Become aware if you have these habits.
Use a good lip balm. Apply a top quality natural lip balm and allow it to absorb before applying lipstick. The lip balm will serve to moisturize and protect your lips, and will not affect the look or staying power of your lipstick.
Ingredients! Look at the ingredients in every lip balm, lip gloss or lipstick that you apply. Avoid anything with the five no-no’s above, and any artificial flavors or colors. But also look for nourishing ingredients. Acure Organics’ Lip Lush lip glosses for example contain many nourishing ingredients like argan oil, echinacea, and edelweiss plant stem cells.
Back to Basics
In the end, it boils down to the basics: lots of water, great healthy foods, and clean lip care ingredients are the fundamentals. If your lips aren’t feeling healthy, it’s a sign to look at the fundamentals of health in your life.
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