Tempted to say
liplicious tuesday but well scratch that. Most of us spend time picking out the right lip color and think about the beauty of our lips, but few of us think about the health of our lips. In fact, they are often ignored although its one of the most used voluntary organs and its just right in the face
Lets look at a few tips for lip care, remember this is not restricted to females, and its irrespective of your lip shape, I advise the males to note and apply the tips also, it’s not easy but take it seriously.
When our lips dry out we try to hydrate them with our saliva, but this actually dries them out more and can cause painful cracking.
You may be sold on whatever brand of lip gloss Kim Kardashian uses, but you should be thinking in terms of being smooth and supple. The best products for your lips have a base of beeswax, petroleum jelly or paraffin because they seal in moisture and won’t evaporate as quickly as some glosses. After you’ve brushed your teeth at night, put the moisturizer/balm or shea butter on your lips, rubbing it on them and a little bit around your mouth until you can’t see it. Leave it on overnight, and during the night it will soak into your lips and dry, leaving them smooth, soft and perfect.
Your lips take a beating every day. With all that talking (and kissing) they deserve a massage now and then. Exfoliating your lips once a week with a gentle lip scrub can keep the microscopic build-up at bay. A light lip scrub can do the trick in a matter of minutes. There’s no need to buy a special scrub; just mix one up at home. Here’s what to do;
• Mix a teaspoon of sugar (brown/white), a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of olive oil.
• Wet your lips with warm water.
• Rub the scrub over your lips in a circular motion with your finger.
• Rinse your lips, and repeat if necessary.
If your lips are too dry to be corrected with a scrub, try using a toothbrush to do the job. Wet your lips and rub a clean toothbrush over them using a gentle circular motion. Rinse your lips and repeat if you still see skin flakes there.
The big picture. Drinking plenty of water is key to having great-looking lips. When your body is dehydrated, your lips are often the first place where it shows. Drink water throughout the day so your lips never get the chance to dry out.
• Try replacing coffee and alcohol with water whenever possible, since water is better for your lips.
• Salty foods dry out your lips, so when you eat salt, make up for it by drinking extra water.
Vitamin E is said to be most effective vitamin for healthy lips. Consume balanced diet of nutrition and vitamins especially green vegetables and fresh fruits.
(Now I’m talking to the females): Many lip products use alcohol, fragrances, and dyes to create long-lasting color. Some lipsticks even contain lead, which can lead to health problems if ingested in large quantities. You don’t have to throw out your lipstick collection, but it pays to be aware of what you’re putting on your lips, and to go natural as often as possible #teamnatural.
Happy Liplicious Tuesday oops I mean Teethlicious Tuesday!
Dr Oyaks is an oral health care blogger at Ghanahealthnest.com, a fully qualified practicing dental surgeon with a Ghanaian blood and a Nigerian mind. She has a passion for teaching and sharing oral health knowledge because it all starts in the mouth, Healthy mouth, Healthy body. Her life goal is to stay connected to the vine, stay gorgeous & stay professional. See more at www.DrOyaks.me