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How to take care of your lips

23 April 2015, 09:23

Nairobi - We seem to abuse our lips and fail to protect them as we do to the rest of the skin on our bodies.

The lips do not have oil or sweat glands, and they're constantly exposed to irritants: the tip of the tongue, our food and drinks, colds and flues and many other irritating factors.

Our mouths need just as much care as the rest of our skin if not more but despite everything they do for us, our lips are often overlooked or downright neglected and eventually blackening or cracking.

There is nothing wrong with having naturally dark, beautiful lips but having lip discolorations and cracks can be worrying to even affecting your self esteem as a woman.

Here are some few tips that will go  a long way in keeping your lips healthy:

·         Exfoliate your lips regularly. This will help remove any dead skin cells on your lips. Try this twice a day. There are a few ways you can go about lip exfoliation. After brushing your teeth, brush your lips too. You can also rub your lips gently with a dampened soft washcloth or toothbrush, or use a lip scrub to remove dead skin.

·         Keep your lips hydrated. But make sure they are not dry. Carry a lip balm or some nourishing jelly with you. They build a barrier between your lips' mucus membranes and the outside world, helping lock must-have moisture in.

·         Apply honey on your lips overnight. You can also add a bit of lemon. Do this for at least a month. Also look for moisturizing lipsticks that contain ingredients such as petroleum, beeswax, butter, or oils such as almond or jojoba to help lock in moisture and soften and protect lips.

·         Avoid exposure to common environmental triggers. It might not always be possible for you to stay inside on hot sunny or sunny days, but it can surely help. Dry air robs you of any spare moisture you've got, and compared with the rest of your skin, lips are particularly vulnerable especially to the sun.

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·         Invest in quality lipsticks and lip gloss. Sometimes we find ourselves buying cheap fake products. Pay attention to the makeup brands you use. If you start to react to any product, stop using immediately. Also avoid cheap lipsticks. Cheap is expensive.

·         Throw away old lipsticks and lip gloss tubes! Expired make up means that there is loss in the chemical structure of the product and the spoilt ingredients will definitely sabotage your health and your hydrating efforts.

·         Stop smoking. Tobacco stains lips and dehydrates them as well.

·         Avoid mouth breathing . Any moisture that manages to make it to your lips will quickly be whisked away if you constantly blow air across them. So keep your mouth shut and let your nose do its work. Breathing through your mouth can also lead to things like dry mouth and bad breath.

·         Drink enough water and of course eat a balanced diet. This will ensure that your lips get moisture from the inside out, and they don’t dry or crack. Eating vitamins will contribute to your skin's health, and boost your skin's ability to retain moisture.

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