Having dry lips in this blazing hot weather? Here’s 3 easy peasy steps to keep your lips looking well-hydrated for a pretty, kissable pout!

1. Exfoliate the skin on your lips – With a pinch of sugar in the palm of your hand, drop a few droplets of water on the sugar and mix. Next, use your index finger to scoop the mixture and gently exfoliate your lips in small circular motions. Use warm water to rinse off after. Alternatively, you may dip a clean face towel or wash cloth into a cup of warm water and place it over your lips for 30 seconds to soften the skin, before using the bristles of your toothbrush in small circular motions to remove the dead skin.

2. Apply lipbalm or Vaseline – Now that your lips look and feel  much smoother, it is time to protect your lips by applying a moisturing lip balm or with Vaseline. These helps to moisturise your lips, prolonging the effects of having dry, chapped lips. Additionally, for those with SPF protection, the lip balm helps to prevent sun damage.

3. Apply lip gloss – Apply a lip gloss shade that looks good on your face. The shiny appearance of the lip gloss helps to enhance the appearance of your lips, while giving you the perfect look with kissable lips!

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However, do remember that if you want to have nice, pretty lips, you should abstain from doing the following:

1. Never touch your lips, or peel the dry skin on your lips with your dirty fingers – bacteria is easily transferable and can enter the tiny cracks on the lips.

2. Never lick your lips – while it may feel good on your lips to sooth the dry, cracked skin, this act supposedly makes your problem much worse as enzymes that help to clean your mouth and digest food are too harsh for your lips. Furthermore, saliva evaporates quickly, and this actually makes your lips drier than before.

What you can do to help yourself, is to drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated as the reason why dry lips are cracked or scaly is due to dehydration.

Now pucker up and have a great weekend ahead everybody!

 

 

Did you know your skin weighs twice as much as your brain? That its even heavier than your intestines? Many of us take our skin for granted, but we really should take better care of it. Here are some fun facts about skin.

1. The Skin Is The Largest Organ

Fun facts about skin: It's the largest and heaviest organ

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Skin covers all body surfaces. The skin of an average adult weighs 8-10 pounds and has an average area of about 22 square feet. The purpose is to protect the body from injury, infection, heat, cold, and store water, fat and vitamins. The human skin is rejuvenated about once every four weeks.

Thinking of your skin as an organ, rather than something that we can use and abuse, puts things in proper perspective. Your skin is a wonderfully resilient organ and for the most part, can survive virtually any form of punishment. The skin is the body’s boundary: tough enough to resist all sorts of environmental assaults, yet sensitive enough to feel a breeze.

2. Your Skin Is Made Up Of 3 Layers

Fun facts about skin: It's made of three layers

Your skin has three major layers – epidermis, dermis and hypodermis.

The epidermis is waterproof, preventing unnecessary loss of water across the body surface. The skin’s rich abundance of blood flow and sweat glands regulate the loss of heat from the body, helping to control body temperature.

The dermis is the second major layer of the skin. It is a strong, flexible connective tissue. The dermis is richly supplied with nerve fibres and blood vessels. The blood vessels of the dermis are so extensive that it can hold 5% of all blood in the body. When organs need more blood, e.g. exercising muscles, the nervous system constricts the blood vessel located in the dermis. This shunts more blood into the general circulation, making it available to the muscles and other organs.

The hypodermis is also called the subcutaneous layer. It consists of both areolar and adipose connective tissue, although the adipose tissue normally dominates. Besides storing fat, the hypodermis anchors the skin to the underlying structures (mostly to muscles) and allows the skin to slide relatively freely over those structures. Sliding skin protects us by ensuring most blows just glance off our bodies.

3. Dusty House? That’s Your Dead Skin

A large amount of the dust in your home is actually dead skin. Your skin loses about 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells from the surface almost every minute, even though you do not see it happening. This is why exfoliating is so important to keep that healthy glow! It sheds a layer of these dead cells every 24 hours and renews itself about every 28 days. Unfortunately, this process slows as you age.

4. Your Brother Isn’t Heavy, But Your Skin Is

The average person’s skin weighs twice as much as their brain.  After the skin, here are the five heaviest organs in the body:

  1. Intestines – 7.5 pounds (4 pounds for the large intestine, 3.5 pounds for the small)
  2. Lungs – 5 pounds (2.5 pounds each)
  3. Liver – 3.2 pounds
  4. Brain – 3 pounds
  5. Heart – 0.6 pounds

5. The Skin On Your Lips Is Very Sensitive

Fun facts about skin: The Skin On Your Lips Is Very Sensitive

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The skin on your lips is 200 times more sensitive than that on your fingertips. Receptor cells in your body give your brain information — about the world around you and about what’s going on inside of you. Each type of receptor cell is able to give you a different type of information.

So, the greater the number of receptors a body part has, the more sensitive it will be. It is also true that the lips do have many of these touch receptors. When scientists list the top areas of the body in terms of sensitivity, the lips and fingertips are often ranked as the areas with the highest concentrations of receptor cells.

Ever envy the others of their perfect lips? People tend to neglect the care for their lips due to various reasons.. Here are 5 easy ways we have found to be effective in helping you achieve sexier lips in no time.

First, understanding the make up of our lips:

The skin of our lips are much thinner and extremely delicate as it is only made up of three to five cellular layers. With the absence of sweat glands and sebaceous glands in the lip skin, our lips tend to dry out more easily, resulting in chapped lips. Usually, we will try to moisturize our lips by licking them but this only make the lips even drier than before as the evaporation process is now sped up. Here are the 5 steps to sexier lips:

EXFOLIATE

Similiar to your skin care regime, exfoliation is also an essential step in your lip care regime. Regular exfoliation aids in the generation of new and soft lip skin as dead skin on the lips are now removed. For proper exfoliation, use a soft toothbrush and gently scrub your lips to remove any dry flakes. Lastly, use a lip balm to lock in the moisture for your lips.

MOISTURIZE

It is advised that you should apply lip balm to your lips before applying any lipstick to your lips. If possible, try to avoid the use of any flavoured lip balm as it causes more lip licking, making your lips prone to being chapped.

SUN PROTECTION

Excessive exposure to the sun can also result in chapped lips. In this case, remember to use a lip balm which has at least SPF of 15.

AVOID SMOKING

Smoking dries up the lips and reduces the amount of oxygen supplied to your lips. Without a sufficient amount of blood flow to your lip tissues, your lips will look dull and dark.

AVOID CAFFEINE & ALCOHOL

Drinks like coffee and alcohol are diuretics which means they dehydrate your body. Avoid these drinks for better skin and LIPS!

MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DIET

A healthy and well balance diet helps to keep your lips soft and supple. Eat more fresh fruits, vegetables and drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.

 

Lastly, do you know that signs of aging do not only just appear on the face? In fact, our lips are not spared from the aging process. Lip lines tend to develop as we age causing us to look much older than we really are.

To effectively prevent this, start your lip care regime today and you will be one step closer to your ideal lips and a younger look!