Beautiful lips can do a lot to enhance your daily look. Besides, lips are crucial to your smile and take part in the most common daily actions as breathing, eating, drinking and laughing. Continue reading to find out more about lip care, tips for smoother lips and reasons why it should be your top priority.
Why should you care about overall lip health?
To better understand why it is so crucial to take care of your lips, first let’s look at their physiology, purpose and role in our lives. Lips are not only a part of your smile but also directly responsible for food intake and the articulation of sound and speech. In other words, each day you use your lips far more than you would have imagined.
Understanding Lip Physiology & Health
The skin of your lips is very thin compared to typical face skin, which has up to 3-5 times more cellular layers. The fewer cellular layers, the less melanin pigment produced. Did you know that the natural red colour of your lips is actually blood vessels shining through? Besides being more exposed, the skin on your lips is not hairy, nor has the natural protective layer of sweat and body oils which keep the skin smooth and regulate warmth.
Keeping all of the above in mind, it makes more sense that lips need more additional skincare not to dry out and to keep them from chapping.
Lips and Kisses
Lips contain a high number of nerve endings, they are highly sensitive and therefore considered an erogenous zone and often viewed as a symbol of sensuality and even sexuality. It’s in people’s nature to show affection by a kiss. So no matter who you’re kissing and whether it’s to show love, care or romance, make sure your lips are always soft and kissable.
Lips and Beauty
Psychology studies have discovered that in human attraction men are attracted to women’s lips and link it to their femininity (according to our primal instincts, fuller lips signal fertility and good health) and respectively, women are attracted to masculine, rugged lips.
Making lips look more attractive has been popular for thousands of years. In fact, the first lipsticks were invented 5000 years ago by ancient civilizations. With each following century, tradition has evolved more and more. Especially, since Merylin Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor introduced the iconic look of red lipstick in the 1950s, lip products have been at all-time high demand through the last 70 years. Influenced by fashion and celebrities, the makeup industry has dictated the lip shape, seasonal colours and packaging, creating not only new makeup products but also cosmetic treatments and surgeries, to get the perfect trendy plumped up lips.
Lips make 50% of your Smile
We can only speculate about the next makeup trends, but one thing remains – healthy and smooth looking lips will always be in style and play an important role in our facial features and most importantly – our smile.
What are the most common lip ”problems”
There’s no person in the world who hasn’t had an issue with their lips, either it’s caused by overall health issues, vitamin and mineral deficiency, not drinking enough water, or exposure to the sun, cold, wind or dry air. We’ve all been there.
- Dry, Chapped Lips (Cheilitis)
There are many types of cheilitis, but the most common symptoms are dryness, inflammation chapping, flakiness, cracks on lips or on the corners of the mouth and in general injured skin.
Treatment: repairing and moisturizing products, remember – always wash your hands before applying the product on your lips, no licking or peeling! If the condition of your lips doesn’t improve, seek a professional opinion.
- Allergic Reaction (Contact dermatitis)
Typical symptoms are redness, pain, itching, and small blisters on/ around your lips. It can be caused by certain poisonous plants, a few metals, cosmetic products or even unwashed fruit or vegetables.
Treatment: mainly patience, calming and healing products.
- Lip Wrinkles or Lip Lines
These sets of fine vertical lines form with the age, due to naturally decreased collagen production and loss of skin elasticity.
Treatment: collagen creams and supplements, aesthetic cosmetic treatments.
Natural remedies for smooth lips
If you are looking for effective ways to improve your lip condition, you might want to try natural ingredients – after all, you might swallow a part of it by eating or licking your lips. Try soothing and moisturizing chapped lips by applying the following ingredients on your lips:
This natural emulsifier helps to retain moisture and has been used since ancient times. It protects lips from UV rays and drying.
- Aloe vera
The juice in aloe vera leaves contains vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories that soothe and rehydrate damaged skin.
- Coconut oil
This natural oil is widely used in cosmetics due to its scent and anti-inflammatory effects. It is also a great emollient, meaning it can soothe and soften the skin.
Besides its sweetness, honey is also highly moisturizing. Honey also contains antioxidants and antibacterial properties, which help prevent infections from developing in extremely dry or cracked lips.
Cucumber is one of the most common fresh vegetables people consume, but did you know that it has a moisturizing effect when applied to the skin? Plus, it contains vitamins and minerals that could improve the lips’ appearance.
This fresh-scented herb we love to add to tea or refreshing summer drinks has antibacterial qualities and also protects your lips from sunburn.
- Cocoa butter
Let’s praise chocolate once again, the butter made from rich cocoa beans is full of vitamins A, C and E. Cocoa deeply hydrates the skin and forms a protective barrier to hold in moisture.
A beautiful smile starts with a beautiful set of lips, here are our tips for smooth lips
Exfoliating your lips at least 2 times per week can help eliminate the dry, flaking skin that builds up and immediately restore natural lip shine, softness, and smoothness. Always use an emollient after exfoliating such as natural oils, cocoa butter or a lip balm.
Apply a moisturizing lip balm before going to bed, make it a part of your oral hygiene routine.
- Protect from wind and sun
When going outdoors, apply a lip balm with SPF 30 or higher to protect your lips from sun damage. Avoid licking your lips outside, as it can make your lips more vulnerable to wind.
- Choose cosmetic products with nourishing ingredients
Next time when buying a new makeup product, take a look at the list of ingredients. Choose a product that’s enriched with natural moisturizing ingredients that will not only make your lips look beautiful, but also will nourish your skin.
Love your smile with the Smileo routine
Follow our recommended smile care routine and always have your beautiful smile ready to shine. [
- Exfoliate your lips with Tough Love Lip Scrub 2- 3 times per week;
- Moisturize with our perfect organic lip balm Kiss My Mint before going to bed and at any time you want to give your lips extra protection from dryness;
- Brighten your smile with the Teeth Whitening Kit to have your teeth bright and your confidence high.