They are one of the most important parts of our bodies to protect, however the most forgotten. Don’t forget to look after your lips!
Why look after your lips?
"The skin on the lips is extra thin and sensitive," Annet King says. "[Lips] don't have any hair or sebaceous glands, which assist in keeping the skin lubricated and protected. Their only source of moisturizer is your saliva; that's why they can easily become dry and chapped." In addition to this your lips don’t produce melanin which is, “Why [your lips] are at a higher risk of sunburn and skin cancer."
Common issues such as chapped lips and splitting can be caused by just being exposed to dry air and can be easily avoided if you chose to use a lip balm. Some have been formulated with various ingredients such as titanium dioxide, menthol or aloe vera to help protect your lips from UV rays, soothe stinging or speed up healing. “Think of your lips as a sponge: When exposed to moisture, they absorb water and plump up," King explains. "When dehydrated, they dry out and shrink,” keeping your lips hydrated will be beneficial in keeping chapped lips at bay.
What can I do to help my lips?
There are a few simple lifestyle things that you can do to help your chances of avoiding chapped and cracked lips such as not touching your lips and not licking your lips. It’s important when it comes to your lips to not do anything that could make your lips worse. Touching your lips can potentially transfer an infection to your lips as well as drying them out. More importantly, licking your lips is incredibly bad for your lips. It might feel in the moment as if you’re hydrating your lips. However you’re actually doing the opposite, the enzymes in your saliva is too harsh for your lips to tolerate and actually leaves them drier than before.
You can also help to protect your skin with your skincare, our Anti-Oxidising and Replenishing Collagen Lip Serum, works to plump your lips as well as leaving them softer. It contains Collagen that works towards plumping your skin and helping to protect your lips from fine lines and wrinkles. This is beneficial if you suffer from lipstick bleeding. This is when the area around your mouth loses collagen and elastin and when you apply lipstick to your lips, the edges look feathered and undefined. When applied topically the serum can help improve the appearance of this as well as leaving your lips feeling deeply nourished.