Lips can reveal a lot about your health and play a key role in attraction and confidence. Studies showing that heterosexual men are drawn to a woman’s beautiful lips within 10 seconds of meeting her, making lip care is a key market in the beauty and cosmetics industry.
skin that makes up your lips is delicate and unique; the layers of skin cells are thinner, and lack sebaceous glands, making them more susceptible to damage. Many turn to lip balms in an effort to protect dry, chapped lips. However, products may contain alcohol and fragrance, which can further dry out lips, and don’t offer UV protection. Keeping your lips healthy and beautiful involves proper hydration and nutrition, as well as finding products that work.
Here are 3 tips to help keep your lips healthy and beautiful:
1. Enhancing Your Lips To Improve Confidence
Lip size and shape can affect your body image and leave you feeling self-conscious. While topical products can help keep your lip skin healthy, they won’t change your natural lip shape or restore volume lost due to ageing. Plumping glosses may give you the temporary appearance of fuller lips, but these products often contain irritants that cause swelling and allergic reactions. To achieve fuller lips, dermal fillers are an increasingly popular option, and with advances in skincare technology, lip injections can be performed more safely than ever before. Fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring ingredient frequently found in topical moisturisers. Results typically last for several months before the filler begins to break down.
2. Choosing the right products
Look for lip care products that effectively moisturise and offer broadband UV protection. Avoid products containing salicylic acid and alcohol, which can dry out lips that are already chapped. Also steer clear of cooling ingredients like menthol and peppermint, which can cause irritation. Occlusive ingredients like shea butter, beeswax and petrolatum, combined with humectant ingredients like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, create a barrier around skin to effectively retain moisture. Sugar lip scrubs exfoliate the delicate skin on your lips, removing old dead skin to promote faster turnover of new, healthier cells.
3. Hydration is key for healthy, beautiful lips
Dehydration can leave your lips chapped, cracked, swollen and bleeding. Not drinking enough water can cause dry mouth, which can lead to bad breath, tooth decay and cracked lips. Aim to drink 2 litres of water a day, even in the winter months. Cold, dry and windy weather can also have a drying effect on the skin, caused chapped lips. Using a humidifier can help put moisture back into the air to keep lips hydrated and supple.
Lip care should be a priority in your daily skincare routine. It may take time to find the right combination of lifestyle changes and products for your lips to achieve the look you desire, but the impact on your self-image will make the journey worthwhile. Speak with a dermatologist if your lips are chronically dry, or if you’re concerned about any aspect of their health or appearance.
What are your tips and secrets to keeping your lips healthy and beautiful? Share in the comments below!