You have your bedtime and morning ritual of cleansing and moisturizing, eye creams and serums for day and night. You apply masks and exfoliate regularly. You make sure to visit the spa for regular facials and spare nothing in your quest to preserve and protect your skin. Bravo! It shows. No crow’s feet for you, your smile lines only appear when you smile and your skin is smooth, soft and supple.
But what about your lips? What can you do to prevent your lips from appearing less than perfect and displaying your age in Myrtle Beach? You’ve got this complexion thing down. Do your lips need some major TLC?
Your Lips Work Hard
It’s been said that the eyes are the window to the soul. Emotion and your deepest feelings are conveyed through your eyes. But your lips? They do the heavy lifting. They smile, they tremble, and you chew them when you're nervous. You kiss your kids, friends and significant other with your lips. They take a fair amount of abuse too. Wind, sun, dehydration and the occasional too-hot curry dish can make your pucker appear less than perfect.
The skin on your lips is significantly thinner than the skin on other parts of your body. Your lips have far fewer oil glands than the rest of your skin and they lack the natural melanin necessary to protect them, albeit minimally, from the sun’s harmful rays. Your lips are pretty fragile when you think about it, and yet you give them a work out every day. Is it any wonder why they crack and chap so easily?
The TLC Your Lips Need
So how do you give your poor pout the attention it needs? Here are a few ideas to help you provide your lips with the love they need to look as beautiful as the rest of you.
It's important to your overall health and well-being to make sure you eat a balanced diet, full of all the nutrients you need. However, it isn’t always possible to get as much of everything you need to stay healthy. To ensure you’re getting all you need, take a daily multivitamin. Make sure, for your lips’ sake, your multivitamin includes vitamins A, B (particularly B2), C and E, iron and essential fatty acids. If you are deficient in any of these vitamins and minerals it will take a toll on your skin, including your lips. You’ll develop dry, cracked skin in the corners of your mouth, chapping and scaling. Be sure to include an Omega 3 with DGA and EPA, and eat plenty of leafy greens, whole grains, legumes and a rainbow of colorful fruits and veggies.
No matter the time of year dehydration can wreak havoc on your lips. Stay hydrated and don’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink some water. Furthermore, good old H2O is best for quenching your thirst. If your lips appear dry and lackluster drink some water. They’ll bounce right back.
Please Don’t Smoke
There are many, many reasons why you shouldn’t smoke, but for your lips sake it’s essential to avoid exposure to this toxic habit. The puckering and drawing in of smoke causes premature aging of the lips. Lines form on and around your lips and smoking dries them out as well. Just don’t do it. If you need help quitting, check out the resources here. Protect and Moisturize
UV and UVB rays can do plenty of damage to your lips. Use a lip balm with SPF 15 or higher to provide your lips with protection. Look for lip balms with natural oils such as avocado, olive, almond, and coconut.
Treat Yourself and Your Lips
To really undo any of the effects of the aging process or environment on your lips, add a lip treatment like the Hydro-Lux Honey Lip Treatment to your next facial. Professional exfoliation, followed by a specially formulated moisture-drenching lip treatment will soften, smooth and restore plumpness to your lips. Try it at your next facial and lip treatment at Cinzia Spa in Myrtle Beach.