How To Keep Your Lips Youthful, Smooth, and Glossy Heading Into Fall
With colder weather on the horizon, you might be starting to think about how to keep your lips youthful and healthy during the fall and winter months. Healthy lips are reliant on many internal and external factors. You can do much to prepare ahead of time to prevent dry, cracked lips.
What Contributes to Unhealthy Lips?
To understand how to prevent unhealthy lips, you should be aware of what factors may cause problems.
Exposure to cold air - Winter months are cold and drying and your lips and skin may suffer. Dry, cracked lips are a common wintertime complaint.
Breathing with an open mouth - When you breathe with your mouth open, you dry your lips with air going in and out. Focus on how you breathe so that you are not inadvertently causing your lips to dry out.
Licking your lips - Licking your lips might offer some immediate relief when you are without chapstick or lip balm, but doing so may cause your lips to dry out quickly.
Dehydration - Hydration can be easily overlooked, but inadequate hydration can cause dry lips. Drinking an adequate amount of water each day will help your lips and your skin stay healthy.
Keep Your Lips Smooth and Glossy.
Use these techniques to keep your lips healthy heading into the fall.
Exfoliate your lips - Exfoliating helps keep your lips smooth. This will help clear away dead skin cells, leaving your lips nice and soft. Avoid over-exfoliating (no more than two or three times a week). A natural sugar scrub is a great place to start.
Drink plenty of water - This is a very easy way to combat dry skin, including your lips. Grab a big bottle of water and drink it throughout the day. Add some fresh fruit for a little extra flavor. You’ll notice an overall improvement not only on your lips, but also your complexion.
Use a humidifier - Keeping a humidifier running during the cold winter months is a great way to keep your skin hydrated, especially overnight. It helps the air stay moistened, which can help prevent your lips from drying out.
Use Lip Balm - Dot your lips throughout the day with a high quality, natural lip balm that is fragrance free and hypoallergenic. Here are some ingredients we recommend looking for in a lip balm:
- Shea butter and cocoa butter
- Petroleum jelly, petrolatum, and mineral oil
- Castor oil
Use Vegan Lip Gloss - Vegan lip gloss does a wonderful job of locking in lip moisture and, with green tea extract and Vitamin E included, feels more like a lip balm than a lip gloss.
How Do I Reduce Fine Lines Around My Lips?
Fine lines around your lips may be treated and even prevented with proper care.
What Causes Fine Lines Around the Lips?
Aging - Fine lines around your lips are primarily attributable to aging. The skin around your lips is thin so your mouth is usually the first place where you see signs of aging. Collagen production, which prevents lines and wrinkles, decreases after you turn 20.
Sun Exposure - Too much time in the sun can contribute to wrinkles around your mouth as well. Harmful UV rays damage your skin and accelerate the aging process. UV ray exposure can also degrade your skin quality, resulting in wrinkles and saggy skin.
Smoking - Premature aging around your mouth may be exacerbated by smoking. You’ll often see the effects of smoking around your eyes and your mouth.
Pursing and puckering the lips - Drinking through a straw, whistling, and pouting all contribute to wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth. Over time, these facial movements can all contribute to early aging signs.
Compression - Compressing your face, perhaps against a pillow when you sleep at night, can cause wrinkles around the mouth.
How to Reduce Fine Lines.
- Use products that contain rosehip serum - Rosehip serum is derived from the rosa canina brush. It is different from rose oil, which is extracted from rose petals. Rosehip serum is pressed from the fruit and the seeds of the rose plant. It is packed full of nourishing vitamins and essential fatty acids, and has antioxidant properties that can help reduce scars and fine lines. All of these qualities can help delay signs of aging. Try our rosehip serum by applying it to your freshly cleaned and toned face and massaging it all over your face and neck. Rosehip serum can:
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduce inflammation
- Protect against sun damage
Moisturize daily - Daily moisturizing is not only great for your overall skin health, but also for your lips and mouth. Since your lips dry out daily from factors such as the wind, licking them, or not drinking enough water, you’ll need the extra moisture. Pick a high quality moisturizer, and use twice daily, not forgetting to include your lips.
Exfoliate your Skin - Exfoliating your face, especially around your mouth and on the lips, is an important part of your skin care routine and can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Best Ingredients for Your Lipsticks and Lip Glosses.
Green Tea - Benefits of using green tea include anti-aging qualities, reducing inflammation, and antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antineoplastic effects, which can all improve the overall health and appearance of your lips.
Vitamin E - Another great ingredient your lip products should have. Vitamin E helps moisturize and plump your lips naturally. It also contains antioxidant properties, which help to soothe and heal dry lips.
Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide - These ingredients help protect your lips against the damaging UV rays of the sun. They may also help prevent certain pre-cancers of the lips and skin cancers. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends using a lip balm with an SPF of at least 30.
Antioxidants - Excellent for soothing and healing dried out lips. Try our antioxidant, conditioning lipsticks for a beautiful color and hydrating feeling.
Youthful, healthy lips are not difficult to achieve when you know what causes issues and how to resolve them. This fall, be armed and ready to protect your lips, while keeping them glossy and healthy by taking a few of the steps we recommend.
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