The fact that the skin on your lips can come off with layers or small parts of skin may confuse you and make you think that the lip skin is thick and tough. Actually, it’s not. Moreover, lip skin is the thinnest on our bodies. It’s quite sensitive and delicate, so we wanted to tell you some interesting facts and essential tips for lip care. Here we go.
Facts About Lip Skin
Here are some important facts about lip skin: this will give you a better understanding of what’s happening to your lips and why they need more attention and care from you.
Thinner Skin Layer: As we have already written, the skin on our lips is much thinner than the skin on the other parts of our body. This makes it easier for them to crack and chap.
Lack of Oil Glands: Unlike other parts of the skin, lips don't have oil glands, so they can't produce their moisture. This makes it easier to dry, and you will always need external moisturizing products to keep your lips healthy.
Highly Sensitive: The lips are packed with sensory neurons, making them highly sensitive. This is why many people often feel discomfort immediately when their lips are dry or damaged.
Exposure: Lips are almost always exposed to environmental factors like sun, wind, and cold, making them more susceptible to damage.
Reasons for Dry Lips
Lips are particularly prone to dryness due to their lack of oil glands, making them unable to self-moisturize. This vulnerability is exacerbated by factors such as extreme weather conditions, which strip away moisture, and habits like frequent lip licking, which provide only temporary relief before intensifying dryness.
Dehydration, often overlooked, plays a significant role, emphasizing the importance of regular water intake for lip health. Certain medications can also have the side effect of causing dry lips. Moreover, the products we apply, if not chosen wisely, can be more harmful than beneficial. Some lip products contain irritants, and inadvertently using facial skincare products on the lips can cause dryness.
Additionally, health conditions like thyroid disorders can manifest as dry lips. It's crucial to recognize these factors, making it easier to address and combat chapped lips effectively.
What to Avoid
To keep your lips healthy, there are a few things to watch out for. Cold or windy weather can dry out your lips, so cover up when it's chilly outside.
Try not to lick your lips too often; it can make them even drier.
When picking a lip balm or lipstick, check the ingredients to make sure they're not going to irritate your lips. By the way, you can get detailed information and gain knowledge on non-toxic, clean makeup brands and their products by getting the “Non-Toxic Makeup Guide” from our founder or by participating in the next “Switching to Nontoxic Lifestyle” Webinar.
Spicy or salty foods can also dry out your lips, so it's a good idea to wash your mouth and put on some lip balm after eating.
If your lips start to peel, don't pick at them, as it can make things worse.
Tips for Healthy Lips
Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Hydrated skin starts from the inside out.
Exfoliate Gently: Use a lip scrub or a soft toothbrush to exfoliate dead skin cells once a week. This helps lip balms penetrate more effectively. While exfoliation is beneficial, doing it too frequently can strip natural oils and harm the lips.
Maintain a Balanced Diet: Vitamins and minerals from a balanced diet can boost the health of your lips. For example, Vitamin B2 can prevent lips from cracking.
Use a Humidifier: In dry climates or during winter, using a humidifier can help maintain moisture in the air and benefit your skin and lips.
Breath Through Your Nose: If possible, try to breathe through your nose more than your mouth, especially during sleep, to avoid drying out your lips.
Limit Caffeine and Alcohol: Both are dehydrating, so when consumed, try to balance it with extra water intake.
The BBA Solution
Packed with Macadamia oil and natural beeswax, the Lip & Undereye Care from BBA Organic delivers deep moisture and nourishes those areas. It's boosted with Coenzyme Q10, helping to reduce sun damage and fight inflammation. Plus, the added Myrrha and Helichrysum CO2 – known therapeutic herbs – support skin renewal and calm inflamed skin. For a slightly tinted option and full nourishment, choose the Tinted Lip & Cheek Salve by BBA: crafted with organic Shea and Mango Butter, this product offers exceptional nourishing care tailored for your skin's needs. The rich, natural properties of these butters ensure deep hydration and a rejuvenated feel.
With all this talk about lips, remember to smile! Healthy lips are happy lips, and they're just waiting to show off that radiant smile of yours!