One of the most commonly neglected parts of your body is your lips. It’s prominent and one of the first parts of the body that’s seen by everyone, but tends to be the most forgotten. Your lips require attention and routine care just as much as the rest of the skin on your body. Taking care of the skin on the lips is important. Whether or not you suffer from dry/flaky lips or you just want to maintain a healthy appearance, you too can have luscious, kissable lips. So, here are 5 tips for healthy lips that are easy to follow:
Exfoliate Regularly. This is a very important step when you’re wanting to take care of the condition of your lips and make them appear healthier. Exfoliating alone doesn’t make lips look healthier. It actually helps to slow down the aging process by stimulating lips to increase the production of new collagen, removing dead skin cells and increasing blood flow. The results of exfoliating are what make skin look softer, smoother and healthier in natural color. Here are several methods you can use to exfoliate your lips:
- a combination of coarse and emulsifying ingredients to scrubs your lips
- the bristles of a toothbrush or a damp cloth and rub them on damp lips
- a gentle acidic exfoliant on your lips, which is my preferred method of exfoliation
Hydrate Daily. The skin on your lips is very delicate and can quickly show signs of a health issue. Chapped lips is one of the easiest signs of dehydration to identify. And, if left unchecked, dehydration can really take a toll on the lips by causing flaking, ripping and discoloration. Every day, you should be consuming the recommended daily amount of water to maintain good overall health and youthful skin appearance. Drink up!
Nourish Daily. Obviously lip balms and moisturizers are super important when it comes to lip care. You want to replenish the nourishment to your lips just as you would with the skin on your face and body. Your choice of product is going to be based on personal preference. And, when choosing a lip treatment for yourself it is important to choose a product with health and non-triggering ingredients. It is important to also avoid ingredients that could be drying (such as fragrances) and addictive (such as menthol). To ensure soft and healthy looking lips, you want to look for a product that has ingredients that will provide moisture beyond the skin’s surface. But, whatever product you decide to use, make sure you are applying it often to prevent dryness and chapping.
Wear SPF Daily. There are no exceptions when it comes to wearing SPF. Skin cancer can affect any part of the body– even the lips. So, you should be protecting your lips with SPF daily.
Stop Licking For Good. A lot of you lick your lips when they feel dry. It may seem like a good thing to do to provide moisture but it is one of the last things you should do. Instead of adding moisture, saliva actually strips skin of moisture and can remove product.
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