Are you forgetting your lips?*
When it comes to your daily beauty routine, you most likely wash your face, apply a serum or moisturiser, and use a sunscreen. These are all wonderful, essential steps to healthy skin but there is a key component missing: your lips.
Lips possess almost zero natural moisture and protection. This lack of natural protection leaves lips vulnerable to the elements, including harmful UV rays from the sun, as well as prone to dryness and painful cracks.
In order to keep your lips healthy and supple, consider adopting a few of the habits mentioned below:
1. Drink water
Drinking water is an easy way to keep your lips naturally hydrated throughout the day in addition to providing health benefits for your body.
2. Stop licking
Licking your lips only provides temporary moisture and actually contributes to the worsening of chapped, painful cracked lips. The enzymes in saliva break down the protective barrier of your lips.
3. Don’t forget SPF for your lips
Lips are especially vulnerable to the damaging effects of the sun – including premature aging and increased risk of cancer – due to the fact lips have thin, easily damaged skin. It is crucial to wear a lip balm with broad spectrum SPF on a daily basis and also remember to reapply often.
4. Consider your diet
Consuming foods rich in Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) such as yogurt, beef liver, mushrooms, or almonds, helps prevent cracked lips.
5. Watch your caffeine intake
Caffeine is notorious for being dehydrating so if you are experiencing dryness in your lips, consider cutting back on it or eliminating it entirely.
6. Close your mouth
Breathing with your mouth open causes air to constantly pass your lips. This consistent contact with air sucks moisture out of lips and leads to an increase in dryness.
7. Exfoliate gently and carefully
A gentle lip scrub may benefit peeling lips and help prevent bacteria from entering any cracks. Consider a natural, homemade scrub of brown sugar and olive oil applied with a gentle, circular motion. Also, don’t forget to use lip balm. EOS has a great balm for cheap.
All in all, taking care of your lips is just as crucial as any other part of your beauty routine. By paying attention to your lips and following one or preferably more of the seven steps mentioned above, your lips will be more youthful, smoother, softer, and healthier.
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