All About Lips
They can be big or small, they are used for eating and they help us communicate our feelings with our chomas, but have you ever thought of how to take care of your lips? Here are some interesting lip-facts and tips to say on how to keep them soft and ‘poutiful’.
Your lips can help choose your mate
There are some studies that claim that kissing plays a role in selecting a partner. Kissing brings possible partners close enough. Through kissing, the person may be subconsciously measuring a potential partner through smell or taste and thus picking up biological signs for compatibility or general health.
There is a name for that fleshy bump in the middle of your lip
There are a few names the fleshy bump has, namely labial tubercle, tuberculum labii superioris or procheilion.
Lips can become paralyzed
Some people may experience a paralysis of the facial nerve causing the muscles of the face to weaken, this is known as Bell’s palsy. This condition can make you have trouble smiling or even frowning. It’s caused by damage to the facial nerves. However, with time, people with Bell’s palsy normally recover.
The older you get, the thinner your lips get
Your lips contain collagen, which helps give shape to your lips. Collagen is a protein which is found in our muscles, bones and skin. Think of it as a glue that holds the body together and gives elasticity and strength to your lips.
As you get older, the production of collagen will naturally slow down. You start to lose your plumpness and then you develop wrinkles. This is because your body has slowed down in producing collagen. If you smoke, eat lots of sugar or expose your skin to the sun without any protection, then this will quicken the process of getting wrinkles or sagging skin. So, a few ways to preserve the plumpness of your lips is to protect them from the skin by wearing lipstick or lip balm with sunscreen and to quit smoking.
Your lips don’t sweat
Your lips don’t sweat simply because they don’t have sweat glands. One of the sweat glands’ jobs is to keep your skin moisturized. This means your lips will tend to get dry quicker than other parts of your body.
How to take better care of your lips
Drink lots of water
Try and carry a water bottle with you, wherever you go so that drinking water can be easier to do. This will keep your skin and lips hydrated.
Stop licking your lips
Licking your lips damages its protective barrier and can dry out the lips. When your lips feel dry, rather apply lip balm (with sunscreen) regularly instead of licking them.
Matte may make lips miserable
I understand that the matte look makes lips look edgy but they can dry your lips. I’m not saying stop using matte lipstick, but use it once in a while chomas. When your lips are extremely chapped, that’s when you should hardly apply any matte lipstick as that could dry your lips even further. Rather try out some light gloss as that could help reduce the appearance of fine lines around your lip area.
Exfoliate with a lip scrub
Shed the dead skin cells on the top layers of your lips by exfoliating with a lip scrub. This will help re-generate the growth of new cells. Get a course lip scrub and gently rub it on your lips. This will remove any dead skin. Rinse off the remaining scrub for smoother lips.
The best way to properly apply lipstick
- Apply lip balm (with sunscreen).
- Dot your lip with lip balm to smooth them and reduce the cracks.
- Use a lip liner.
- Apply lipstick by starting at the centre of the upper lip and moving outward toward one corner.
- Blot your lips.
Always make sure you choose a colour that matches your lips and not your lipstick.
Now that we are approaching winter, these tips will be very beneficial to you. So pucker up, your lips will thank you! Do you have any other tips? Put them in the comment section below.
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