Lip Care Tips

Lip Care Tips (Skyn Stories by Dr Meenu Sethi)
Lip Care Tips (Skyn Stories by Dr Meenu Sethi)

Beautiful lips can indeed add femininity and sensuality to your overall look. Soft, shiny and pink lips not only give you a beautiful smile, but also makes you look beautiful. You need to take special care of your lips just like you take special care of your face. Cold temperature, UV Rays, and some of your infuriating habits like picking and licking can damage your lips badly.

Lips do not have sebaceous glands, which produce oil and moisture to the generic skin, therefore they need extra care to stay hydrated. Lips are one of the most sensitive parts of the body and softer than other parts of the skin, which makes it prone to damage easily. Without care, you may get cracks on your lips, which can be really distressing and painful. There are many lifestyle alterations that are important to get radiant lips. Follow these tips to get soft, smooth, pink, nourished and supple lips.

Stay hydrated- Do drink lots of water as lips and mouth suffer quickly from dehydration. Cracked lips are painful and look dreadful too. There is also a temptation to pick at the flaking bits of skin, which can cause bleeding and other harmful results. So, it is highly recommended to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water in a day.

Morning Care - While brushing your teeth in the morning, rub your lips softly with your brush. It will increase blood flow that is indeed liable to make your lips look reddish. Also, it will remove dry skin from the lips to give them fresh and filth-free look.

Exfoliation- Lips also need exfoliation to help remove dead skin cells and to give your lips a natural pink color and shine. Make sure to not over-exfoliate unless you want to end up with swollen or extra sensitive lips.

Apply Sun Block - Do not forget to apply sunblock on your lips. Lips are prone to sunburn as they lack melanin, the pigment responsible for shielding skin from the sun. Look out for a lip balm with an SPF of 30.

Don’t Lick Your Lips - Licking might relieve you for a short time when your lips are dry, but it worsens the situation in the long run. You are making them drier by licking, because saliva evaporates, more moisture from the lips escapes, making them even drier than before. It is recommended to keep a lipbalm or similar in your pocket or purse to moisten and protect.

Don’t Peel Your Skin - Biting your lips and peeling your lips in panic can be ruinous. They can lead to bleeding and make them drier. It can also cause swelling of the lips making them painful, ill-tempered and uncontrollable.

Use Good Quality Lipstick - Excessive and prolonged use of lipsticks, particularly bad quality lipsticks can cause lip pigmentation. Buy lipsticks only of reputed brand and use moderately.

Don’t Use Matte Lipstick - Matte lipstick can be extremely drying for your lips. So, it is recommended to use them sparingly when your lips are completely chapped. If you have to use them, then you can use them with hydrating lipstick (having ingredients like glycerine or Vitamin E) or add a layer of moisturizing lip balm underneath.

Remove Lip - Makeup before you sleep- Sleeping with your makeup on can make your lips drier and darker. So, make sure to remove your lipstick before going to bed. You can use a damped cotton ball for this purpose.

Avoid Smoking and Coffee - Nicotine causes darkening of the lips and lip discoloration. Also, too much consumption of tea and coffee can make your lips black in addition to staining your teeth.

Use A Humidifier - Humidifier can help supplant moisture in the dry indoor air, which will keep your lips hydrated.

Avoid Lip Balm With Too Many Ingredients - Don’t buy lip balm that contains too many ingredients as they are just added to increase sales. Do away with fragrances, flavoring, colorings and botanicals lip balm as they can be harmful to sensitive skin. Opt for a lip balm with ingredients like aloe vera and petrolatum as they don't cause any reaction and effective at protecting and softening lips.

Avoid Acidic Juices - Avoid taking aerated drinks or acidic juices if you have dry lips as these products soak up the natural oils of the skin. They can also cause burning and irritation to the already chapped lips.

Good and healthy lips will certainly help you to smile more confidently. It can be very depressing and struggling to see one of the most beautiful parts of your body getting spoiled. If you have chronic dry and chapped lips, then you never know an irritant or an underlying allergic reaction could be occurring. They are also symptoms of pre-cancerous sun damage that would need different treatment altogether. Take an appointment with a dermatologist to get prompt and effective treatment.

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