Lip care is a vital part of any skin care routine and learning how your lips work is the key to keeping them healthy and beautiful.
The importance of our lips
It’s essential to remember the many different jobs our lips have and why this means they need special care.
The lip structure: How is it different from normal skin?
It’s obvious that the skin on your lips is different to the rest of the skin on your face because your lips have a very different role to play.
Firstly, the upper layer of skin on your lips is much thinner and more delicate with just 3-4 layers of skin, compared with 15-16 layers on the rest of your face. The reason that our lips have a rosy tint to them is because lip skin doesn’t contain many melanin cells, so the blood vessels behind become visible.
One big difference between the skin on our lips and the rest of our skin is that our lip skin does not contain any sweat glands or hair follicles. This can mean that the lips don’t get as much moisture or oils and dry out much more quickly. Using a moisturising lip balm like Labello Lip Original Care on a daily basis will help replenish this moisture and keep lips looking beautiful.
Why are our lips so sensitive?
Along with the fingertips, the lips have the highest number of touch receptors in the entire body. When touch receptors are concentrated in a certain area, it heightens your sense of touch, which is why lips can be so sensitive and why it’s so important they’re cared for in the right way.
How to make sure your lips stay beautiful
As the lips are so much more delicate than the rest of the skin on the face, it’s essential to use products that are gentle enough and will not cause any irritation.
Not only are lips more sensitive to touch, they’re also much more susceptible to dryness in extreme weather conditions. Very cold temperatures, low humidity and wind can all cause chapped and sore lips, so using a good lip balm during the winter months is essential.
Why not give a natural home remedy for beautiful lips a go – try mixing honey with granulated sugar to make a gentle lip scrub for soft lips all year round.
What do our lips have to do every day?
Perhaps one of the most important functions of the lips is to help keep you nourished. Eating too many salty or spicy foods can dry your lips out, so it’s vital to watch what you eat.
Anything we drink to hydrate ourselves must pass through the lips first. Drinking a lot of water will help to moisturise your lips from the inside and keep them looking smooth.
It is through our lips that we communicate with others – our lips are constantly on the go as we chatter away.
Using our lips to kiss others is a great bonding experience and the fact that lips have so many nerve endings in them can make it a pleasurable experience too.
Smiling and laughing
We use our lips to express our emotions on a daily basis. Isn’t it interesting how just a small movement in your lips from a downward motion to an upward motion can have such an impact on the impression you make on others?
What to do to get lips that look and feel beautiful
Getting beautiful lips needn’t be a chore – just follow a few lip care tips and properly indulge your pout.
Finding the right lip care for your lips
There are a range of different lip products available to suit your individual needs.
Lip balms like Labello Hydro Care absorb into your lips quickly with their light formula and keep them soft and smooth.
If you’re looking for a slightly richer formula, lip butters like Labello Lip Butter Cocoa contain extra ingredients like shea butter and almond oil and provide intense moisture to dry lips.
Alternatively, when the evening comes around and you’re looking for a bit of colour, why not try a multipurpose product like Labello Care & Colour Red – a lip balm and subtle lip tint in one!
Lip butters like Labello Original Lip Butter provide lips with intense, long-lasting moisture to keep them looking beautiful on the go.
Butter up: Give lip butter a go
5 top tips for beautiful lips
- Avoid smoking and alcohol, which can both dehydrate the lips
- Don’t forget your lips when you’re out in the sun – always use a lip balm with SPF
- Try very gently exfoliating your lips using your toothbrush
- When you press your lips together, blood rushes to them, giving you instantly fuller lips
- Eat a diet rich in fruit and veg to give lip cells the nutrients they need to stay beautiful