Love Your Lips - Tips for Healthy Beautiful Lips
Our lips are sometimes neglected in favour of the rest of our face and body, but soft, smooth lips are a real beauty enhancer and healthy-looking lips can also be a sign of good health. If yours have seen better days, here are a few tips to keep them looking – and feeling – in great shape.
Lips Love Water – Keep Them Hydrated
Make sure that you are always well hydrated and your lips will thank you. Not only is water good for your internal and overall health, drinking enough fluids is a sure-fire step to better skin - and lip - health.
Stop Licking Your Lips
Yes, we now it’s a habit but constantly licking and moistening your lips can dry them out by wearing their natural protective barrier down. If you are tempted to moisten your lips with your tongue, stop and apply a hydrating lip balm instead. Opt for a good quality product that contains soothing ingredients like shea butter, beeswax and vitamin E.
SPF Is for Lips Too
You would not go out in the sun without slapping sunscreen on your face and body (would you?) so why would you leave your lips out of the equation? Lips are just as susceptible to sunburn as the rest of your body. In fact, because they don’t produce melanin, the pigment that helps protect your skin from the sun, they are more likely to burn if unprotected. Remember to regularly apply a sun-protective lip balm such as Fleur de Mer lip conditioner with repair and sunscreen properties, lipstick with SPF or other lip protecting product daily.
Shed the Dead Skin
Just like the rest of your skin, lips love a good exfoliation. You can buy lip exfoliators with fruit-acid-based alpha or beta hydroxy acids that rejuvenate lips by sloughing away the dead skin. These are not recommended if you have sensitive skin, or your lips are very chapped though. As with any type of facial and body exfoliation, you really only need to exfoliate your lips once every week.
Hold Off on the Matte Lipstick
Matte lipsticks stay in place for so long simply because they are very drying, which isn’t great for the condition of your lips. Don’t use matte lipstick when your lips are chapped or sore as you will almost certainly make them worse. Try a more hydrating lipstick or if you absolutely can’t part with your matte, you can also try adding a moisturising lip balm underneath.
How to Fix Common Lip Problems
Splits in the Corners of the Mouth
This can be down to lack of hydration, so if it is a common problem, keep your lips well hydrated with a moisturising lip balm. If the problem persists, see a medical professional for advice.
Often caused by an allergic reaction, your lips might be making a point about a new lipstick, toothpaste, food, or medication you are taking (for example, if you’ve recently started using Accutane, you might find that it really dries out your lips).
See a dermatologist for a mild topical hydrocortisone cream to help decrease the irritation and stop using the product or eating the food that caused the reaction. See your doctor about any continued reactions to medication.
Looking for a Lip Balm with SPF15 and healing properties?
Fleur de Mer SPF15 lip balm is a nourishing base of beeswax, macadamia and apricot oil to moisten the driest lips. Combining the healing powers of honey and Centella Asiatica quick relief is guaranteed for cracked, chapped lips. With the sunscreen properties it will protect against sun, wind and cold climate conditions while leaving a soft glossy finish. Fleur de Mer lip balm is available for purchase in the salon at Au Naturalé.
To purchase Fleur de Mer lip balm, or if you have an enquiry, contact Pamela on 02-4628 6746. Alternatively complete our online enquiries form and we will be in contact within 24 hours.