They help you eat, speak, kiss, and look great in lipstick, but how often do you really think about your lips? You probably don’t think about them very often unless they’re chapped or you’re trying on a new lip-gloss. Chapped lips can be an uncomfortable nightmare,
No matter what shape or size your lips may be, the most luscious looking ones are those that are well hydrated and smooth, with a pinkish healthy look. The skin on the lips is super sensitive. It needs special care – different than the other skin on our bodies. Here are some super duper easy tips for keeping your ‘front of house’ looking healthy and fresh.
Tips For Happy Lips!
DO NOT USE STRAWS!
Straws make your pucker stay puckered much longer than you may want. Each time you take a drink from a straw, you draw the skin in around your lips. Once in a while at a restaurant is ok, but daily can add up to wear and tear on your lips. Choose water bottles that flow not ones with straws that suck. Avoid the pucker!
Hydration makes pretty skin. Grab a 20 oz or more water bottle and drink up. NO straws, right?
USE NONTOXIC INGREDIENTS
You are eating whatever you put on your lips!
Products that are applied to the skin can quickly be absorbed into the bloodstream. In the case of the lips, those products also tend to get consumed as we lick our lips or talk. Unfortunately, many commercial lip products contain petroleum-based ingredients, such as mineral oil, that are not only drying to the skin, but can be highly toxic as well.
Avoid mineral oil (petroleum based product), parabens, lead, and other synthetic oils. Read the labels and look for plant-based ingredients.
BEST CHOICES FOR THE BEST LIP CARE
Ingredients like natural beeswax, shea butter, jojoba oil, and vitamin E are healthy choices for lip care. Rather than just sit on top of your lips giving the illusion of moisturizing, like mineral oil do, these yummy ingredients actually penetrate deep into the skin to moisturize at a cellular level, leaving lips feeling great when initially applied and even after the product has worn off!
START WITH A SUGAR AND JOJOBA LIP EXFOLIANT
Sometimes the lips need some extra help in removing dead skin cells, toxins, and pollutants that can get into the pores of the skin and cause drying and unhealthy looking lips. Exfoliants gently exfoliate the lips, removing dead and dry skin cells, leaving them smooth and kissably soft.
Apply a small amount to the lips and circular motions to increase circulation. A little bit goes a long way, so use sparingly. Let this sit on your lips for a minute or so, then wipe away with a soft, damp cloth. Once or twice a week should do it. In the winter months when the lips tend to be more dry, you can exfoliate daily with a gentle, naturally-based exfoliant.
MOISTURIZE YOUR LIPS LIKE YOU WOULD OTHER SKIN SURFACES
Shea Butter Lip care is a perfect choice morning and night to add a moisturizing base before applying lip care like lip sticks and glosses. You will love how moisturized your lips feel! Moisturizing on a regular basis will leave them feeling soft, nourished, and absolutely amazing.
BONUS ANTI AGING TIP! USE A SERUM AROUND YOUR LIPS
Getting some fine lines and wrinkles around your lips? After exfoliating, and before applying color, apply a Multi Peptide Firming Serum or Anti Aging Eye Gel. Just around the outside of the lips should do it!
FAQ – MY KIDS LIPS LOOK TERRIBLE!
I get asked this all of the time! Kids tend to lick their lips when they are dry and not use products that moisturize. Sugar lip exfoliates can get rid of dry, flaky skin and give the lips a fresh, healthy start. And, since it is made from sugar and plant-based oils means it is safe if they lick it.
Taking time to pamper your lips always pays off. Healthy Skin, Healthy Life – Something you can smile about!
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