Remedies For Common Lip Problems

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Americans spend a lot of time (and money) protecting their skin overall, but often overlook one crucial part of the face-the lips.

“The lips lack the same amount of melanin found in the rest of our skin, so there’s less natural protection against the environmental elements”, according to Erin Welch, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas (She’s also a board-certified dermatologist). “The skin on the

lips is also super thin and fragile, making caring for them on a regular basis very important.”

Here’s the expert advice of Dr. Welch and celebrity makeup artist, Belinda Moss (her clients include Eva Longoria Parker, Scarlett Johansson, Norah Jones and Goldie Hawn!).

CRACKED AND PEELING LIPS-Your lips are being exposed to extreme temperatures, sun and wind, which ultimately causes automatic moisture loss (whether sunbathing, waterskiing, snowboarding, or ice skating).

“Refrain from the common reaction of licking your lips; instead, help them retain their natural moisture by using a quality lip balm with a high SPF that also contains the ingredient DIMETHICONE”, recommends Dr. Welch.

Moss also recommends regular lip exfoliation by dry brushing them with a very soft toothbrush or washcloth to eliminate roughness and plump up lips.

AGING LIPS-Many women find they cannot eliminate the wrinkles, lines, and creases appearing on their upper and lower lips, causing their favorite lipstick color to bleed.

These effects can occur because the lips aren’t producing enough collagen. Without proper care, they can age prematurely!

“Baby” your lips as much as possible. Now there are home remedies you can use, such as olive oil, honey, or even hand/body lotion in a pinch, but bear in mind that lip balm is inexpensive, easy to carry, and comes in a wide variety of flavors-and tints.

I personally use Softlips for all the abovementioned reasons; And it’s never greasy!SUN DAMAGED LIPS-With chronic sun exposure, the lips can develop an abnormal skin growth, a condition called ACTINIC CHELITIS-The lip skin appears gray or white and can peel and sting. And just like faces, lips can develop skin cancer from the chronic damage of ultraviolet rays. One type, SQUAMOUS CELL CANCER, can be particularly aggressive, with a 20% risk of spreading to other areas.

Overexposure to the sun also contributes to collagen breakdown in the lips.

Daily use of a lip balm containing sunscreen and antioxidants can help fight the long-term effects of overexposure of the lips to ultraviolet rays.

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