I love croissants, but I hate that feeling of having a puff pastry stuck to my could-be beautiful lips. So why do so many of us fight perpetual battle with uncomfortable, dry lips? Let's dig in!
Our lips don’t have oil or sweat glands – glands that regulate warmth, hydration and moisture – like other areas of our body. Unfortunately, as a result, our lips are much more prone to drying out.
The stratum corneum (our outermost skin layer) is thinner on the lips than other areas of our body. Our stratum corneum has only 3-5 layers on our lips. In contrast, the stratum corneum on our face has up to 16 layers. This also explains why our lips are red. The stratum corneum is so thin that we can see the capillaries beneath the skin.
Our lips (along with our hands) have amongst the highest concentrations of touch receptor cells in our body, so our sense of touch is heightened. Further heightening our sensitivity, more brain power is spent interpreting sensations of touch from the lips and fingers than from other areas of our body.
Before you hydrate your lips, you should remove the surface layer of dead skin. Here are a few easy and economical ways to exfoliate:
Choose a lip balm that both restores your skin's moisture and locks moisture in.
Make sure you're drinking enough water. The skin is an organ and like any other organ, it's composed of cells. Skin cells contain up to 30% water. We need to replace the water that's naturally lost from our body each day. If your skin is not getting enough water, the lack of hydration can make your skin dry, tight, flaky and more prone to wrinkling. Stay hydrated to prevent dry lips.
(for the extra-curious)
All mammals have lips. Our lips are one of the most sensitive areas of our body. Since they are extra sensitive, they enable us to determine when food is safe to eat (hot, spicy, prickly etc.). They enable us to suckle, which helps us to drink, breastfeed and manipulate food. Furthermore, they allow us to create a wider range of sounds and facial expressions in communication. What would we do without our precious lips?
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