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When it comes to skincare, the lips are often not given full attention like the other parts of the body. This is probably because the lips naturally take care of themselves and most likely do not seek so much attention as some other sensitive parts.
Although the lips are not ‘attention seekers’, they still deserve to be given adequate care seeing as they are part of the top noticeable parts of the body immediately after one steps into a room.
The skin on our lips and around them has a different structure and that skin needs extra attention and care.
Imagine stepping into a room looking all elegant but with chapped, dry and cracked lips…painful right?
To avoid this, you need to start giving more pampering to those lips so they can look their best at all times.
Our lips are devoid of sweat glands and hair. This indicates that there are no sebaceous (oil) glands present. These glands secrete oil, which prevents our skin from drying out. That is why our lips become dry and chapped so quickly.
Here Are Some Factors That Contribute To Dry Lips;
- Drinking less than 2 litres of water every day;
- Unhealthy habits such as smoking and lip-biting;
- A diet, deficient in vitamins, minerals, and healthy oils.
- As always, genetics plays a significant effect in skin shape.
- Environmental factors such as strong winds, bitter cold, scorching sun, and temperature fluctuations, to name a few.
- Ageing: as we become older, our skin loses suppleness and collagen.
- Cosmetics containing alcohol or other harsh substances.
How To Care For The Lips
Exfoliation is used to remove dead skin cells from the surface of our skin. This improves our skin tone and enables greater product absorption.
Like our facial skin, our lips have a top layer of dead cells. As a result, we must exfoliate it.
However, it is improper to use regular facial scrubs on your lips. We already know that the skin on our lips is delicate and thin.
You'll need to utilize particular cosmetics made especially for the lips on your lips.
Numerous gentle lip exfoliating products are available on the market and in cosmetic stores. You can try out the ORÍKÌ Sugarcane Lip Scrub to get the best result.
Because the skin of the lips lacks oil glands, you must moisturize them often.
Lip balms with natural oils and butter, as well as hyaluronic acid, are ideal. All of these substances will nourish and renew your lips while also hydrating them.
We are aware that we could get sunburned if we don't apply sunscreen to our skin. Well, the lips can be sunburned too!
Our lips require even greater protection than our faces (because of how delicate that skin is).
It is critical to apply SPF-containing lip creams. Lip balms that contain SPF are also available. You accomplish two purposes this way: you hydrate and moisturize your lips while also protecting them from sun damage.
REMOVE YOUR MAKEUP
Always remove your lipstick and other cosmetics regardless of how exhausted you are.
Makeup clogs pores and dehydrates the skin.
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Hand soap should not be used to remove makeup. Regular soap can be drying and irritating to the skin. Make sure your makeup removal solutions have some natural oils to keep your skin from drying out.
AVOID LICKING YOUR LIPS
When your lips are dry, it's natural to lick them.
However, that does not provide relief from dryness, it is only short alleviation.
As the water from your lips evaporates, your lips will become even more dry and irritable than before.
So, if your lips are dry, don't lick them. Drink some water and use lip balm instead.
Skincare advice and water intake go hand in hand. You're probably tired of hearing it, but we can't leave this step out because it's so crucial.
An average person should drink 2 litres (8-ounce glasses or half a gallon) of water every day and On a particularly hot and humid day, you can raise your intake to 3-4 litres per day.
Keep in mind that because your lips lack oil glands, they are unable to manufacture natural oils. Lip balms will help to relieve dryness. Lip balm will not, however, prevent your lips from chapping and even breaking if your entire body is dry.
Your lips will become dry, sensitive, flaky, and chappy if you are dehydrated.
Leave out sugary juices, soda, soft drinks, coffee, and tea when tracking your fluid intake. Sugar and/or caffeine are present in these drinks, which do not encourage hydration.
Your best hydration source is water.
This is yet another point that you are most likely tired of hearing. Once again, an unhealthy diet and good skin are incompatible.
Make sure your diet is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are a great source of essential fats.
Healthy oils can also be gotten from nuts such as walnuts, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, and others.
Of course, fruits and vegetables are an important part of a balanced diet.
Foods that are salty or spicy can irritate the skin on your lips.
You've probably observed that eating pickles or hot peppers makes your lips feel like they're on fire, stinging and hurting.
Oranges and lemons are acidic fruits that can burn and irritate your lips.
Applying calming balms to your lips before eating is the quickest approach to mending sore lips after eating acidic, salty, or spicy foods.
Also, avoid biting into these meals with your lips as much as possible.
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