Lips are the first to show signs of aging because the skin of the lips is so thin. It doesn't secrete oil like other parts of our skin. Add irritants like spicy or salty foods, vinegars, alcohol, chemicals from lip care products, licking our lips, and smoking, and you end of with dried out lips with wrinkles around them. Not very kissable, nor very comfortable to walk around with. Here's my tops 3 suggestions for winter lip care.
1. Protection - Use emollient and occlusive lip balm without the chemicals. Emollient means "moisturizing" and an occlusive forms a protective barrier. You might think to reach for Vaseline, but this and most other lip balms are petroleum based. Petroleum will dry out the lips, plus add unnecessary chemicals that you end up licking all day - yuck. Make sure your moisturizer covers all the way to your lip line to minimize the lines that can form around the lips.
2. Exfoliation - non-acid, natural exfoliators are best. The easiest way is to use your microfiber pad or, my favorite, to take some organic sugar, add organic jojoba, scrub for a minute then rinse well and follow with protection.
3. Avoid smoking and applying chemicals - The lines around lips are caused by Smoking causes dryness but the puckering is a constant folding of the skin which make permanent creases (think of a paper you fold then try to unfold - the crease doesn't go away). In lipstick, avoid silicones, artificial dyes, lanolin and synthetic fragrances (marked as "fragrance" on the label - they're not required to list what's in it). Opt for natural or organic lip glosses with a tint.
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