When it comes to lips, most people just treat them like a continuation of the rest of their face, with the only possible distinction being that they apply lipstick, chapstick, gloss or some kind of balm from time to time. Of course, for anyone who gets those cold sores from time to time, they must then direct some form of specific attention and healing therapy to their lips, whenever these wretched beauty-wreckers appear. And whether any real aid in expediting healing is possible from either oral or topical intervention continues to be a subject of question and debate. In a nutshell, even though your lips are fully connected to the rest of your face, if you take some time to study them, you’ll observe obvious visual distinctions that go beyond a color differentiation. This should be the first clue to understanding that lips and the face are not one-in-the-same, and because of this, they should be treated as such.
Your lips are more absorbent than you might think. This is why proper moisturizing is so important, to keep them hydrated and full. When your lips are subjected to conditions or neglect that results in drying them out, you will notice how their fullness consequently becomes reduced, making them smaller. There are various elements and conditions that tend to be more harsh on your lips, such as wind, sun and chilly temperatures. The skin of the lips is uniquely different from the rest of the skin found on the body; primarily being thinner and more tender. In fact, it’s the thinner volume of lip skin that gives them their characteristic color. If it were as thick as the skin on your face that surrounds your lips, there would be no color variation from one to the other. Lips look darker, and semi-red because their thinner skin reveals the blood vessels underneath.
Knowing What to Do Matters Most
Just knowing that your lips need more care isn’t enough–you’re lost, without knowing how to best care for your lips.The following tips are proven, as effective methods of care that will protect your lips, and sustain the most youthful appearance:
- Hydrate Internally: Believe it or not, drinking lots of water is a superior way to keep your lips hydrated. Wherever you go, keep a bottle of water handy, and drink often.
- Hydrate Externally: With your inside hydration covered, you can use a humidifier to keep the air surrounding you from being “lip-damagingly dry.” Especially in the winter, when the heat is on.
- Protect Religiously: Just wearing lipstick will not protect your lips, which, BTW, don’t even have as much melanin as the rest of your face. Many lipsticks already contain an adequate degree of SPF, but if yours doesn’t, apply sunscreen on your lips before you put down the color. And if your lipstick has a matte finish, it will be drying for your lips. Make sure to top off with a hydrating gloss–even Vaseline works! Look for lipsticks that contain nutrients like vitamins and lip conditioners.
- Collagen Injections: This is the reason so many people begin to have fuller lips–and you wondered how–
- Exfoliate: This can be very effective for renewing lips, but use good judgment as to whether or not your lips are “up” for it. Can irritate your lips if they are extra sensitive or already dry and chapped.