There are a lot of nerves in the lips that make them very sensitive. When you kiss, you can feel so much more than from just a simple brush on the arm.
This tender area of the face is sometimes the most neglected when it comes to care. Unprotected from the elements, your lips are vulnerable to wind and sun as well as
chapping, cracking or dehydration. People rarely care for their lips on a daily basis. It’s when our lips become dry or we experience pain that we pay attention to our
lips. So, don’t just give lip service to soothing your precious kisser. Follow a lip-care regimen that practices what the experts preach: “Never let your lips go
Because the lips are thin and don’t naturally produce sebum, a complex oil normally made in the oil glands, this tender tissue needs extra moisture to prevent drying,
cracking and bleeding. On other areas of your body, the sebum acts as protection, slowing down the evaporation of water from the skin and preventing excess moisture
from penetrating it.
How to Care for Your Lips
Putting your money where your mouth is takes on a literal meaning when it comes to following a lip-care regimen and choosing the right products. The main ingredients
to look for in lip salves and balms include protective waxes; moisturizing oils and fats; and sunscreen to prevent sun damage, says Pittis.
Lip balms do more than moisturize. To act as a protective coating from the elements, lip balms need to contain an ingredient such as beeswax that won’t be absorbed or
washed off right away. This ingredient keeps the balm’s oils on your lips so that the product can moisturize longer.
People use Vaseline because it protects the lips, but it doesn’t moisturize them. It’s a petroleum-based product that may help relieve dryness in the short run, but
in the end, it can be irritating and will dry the skin even more by disrupting your natural pH balance.Petroleum-based ingredients to look out for when reading labels
on lip balms and lipsticks include paraffin, petrolatum, mineral oil and unnatural coloring such as coal tar derivatives. Cocoa butter, bees wax and castor oil are
recommended in lip products because they coat the lips and are very emollient.
Natural brands of lipsticks and balms generally use plant-derived oils such as olive, jojoba, soybean, sesame, and castor; fats such as cocoa butter; waxes such as
beeswax, candelilla, or carnauba; emollients and emulsifiers such as aloe; preservatives such as vitamin E; essential oils for fragrance; and natural colorings derived
from walnuts, beets, carrots and other plants.
Remember that no matter how chapped your lips are, you should try not to lick them. Wetting your lips with your tongue is especially tempting during winter when your
lips tend to dry out. If you lick your lips again and again, you’re constantly creating dehydration. To nip this habit in the bud, tote a lip balm with you at all
times and apply instead of licking.
Good Lip Sense
The most important concern for lips is overexposure to the sun. The thing we see more than anything else is sun damage to the lip.People tend to forget this area and
don’t cover it with sunscreen.
From a purely cosmetic standpoint, Sun damage can cause a lot of wrinkles, little vertical lines on the upper lip and sometimes on the lower lip as well. There are
surgical treatments, but the main thing is prevention.
Other problems you may encounter include chronically dry, sore lips and cracks at the corners of the mouth, which may be due to an allergy to cosmetics, mouthwash or
toothpaste. These conditions can also be caused by a dietary deficiency of essential fatty acids or vitamin B, overindulgence in alcohol or spicy foods, or from an
internal yeast infection.
Proper nutrition helps keep lips healthy. A diet that’s rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E is recommended for your lips, and take supplements such as
flaxseed, sunflower,avocado, or pumpkin-seed oils. Don’t forget to drink a lot of water.
Cold sores and fever blisters, caused by herpes simplex virus I, are other painful conditions that can erupt in the lip area, affecting nearly 80 percent of the
For treating this condition, use tea tree oil, a natural antibacterial and antiseptic remedy native to Australia. Apply the oil directly on the blisters to clear up
this skin ailment. Other remedies that help heal cold sores include ice, aloe vera gel, vitamins B and C, lysine and zinc.
How to Paint a Pretty Smile
When choosing a color, consider that “darker colors make the lips look more contracted, whereas lighter colors make lips look more expanded. Also you need to be extra
careful when putting darker colors on your lips because misapplications are more glaring.
When painting your lips, start with a lip pencil. It defines the rim of the lip to give it a finished look. Begin with the bow on your upper lip, underline your bottom
lip, then join the edges, using the pencil to draw a line to the corners of your mouth. This gives you a starting point.
No one’s lips are symmetrical. However, you can make up for imperfections with a lip pencil, which can enhance your natural curve. Be careful though — don’t use the
pencil too far outside the edges of your mouth, or it won’t look natural.
There are a couple of ways to use your lip pencil. For a quick technique, define the edges of your mouth with the pencil first and then fill with a colored lip gloss.
Or you can apply your lipstick first and go over your lips with a pencil.
For chapped lips put a lip gloss or lip balm with a sunscreen under your lipstick and put it on again at night.
Popular colors for this year are rich, deep shades such as plum or hints of metallic gold and silver shimmers.