Luscious Lips & How To Care For Them

Lips

This summer has been one of the hottest summers since 2011 according to our local weatherman. And with that extreme heat comes extreme sun damage not just to our face and body, but also to our lips.

Do you ever think about the sun damage your lips are getting? The skin on our lips is thin and they have no melanin to help protect them from UV exposure, which leads to the collagen breaking down. Over time our lips lose that fullness and become thinner.

Wearing a lip balm with an SPF daily protects the skin and the collagen beneath it. You wear a sunscreen daily to protect your face and body, why not your lips as well?

I have seen more people this summer with cracked, chapped and sunburn lips than ever before. I hear my clients saying they cannot find anything to keep their lips from being overly dry. My question to them: “What are you using to protect your lips?” Some people say nothing, some say lipstick, and some say lip gloss, and of course some say lip balm. Lipsticks and lip glosses might feel good in the short-term, but they are not “protecting” your lips from UVA damage. In fact, shiny lip glosses have been found to attract light and ultraviolet radiation, which increases the risk of skin cancer. Our friends over at Positive Health and Wellness have some great tips and tricks to keep your lips luscious throughout the year.

Many lipsticks do have an SPF but not prevention from UVA rays. Most have the UVB protection which only keeps you from burning. I can’t stress enough to clients about reading the label on your products! The ingredient list should have either zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or avobenzone. These ingredients will protect from UVA rays.

Something else that makes your lips more chapped is licking them. Why? The enzymes in our saliva is harsh on the thin skin of the lips. Licking your lips feels good only at that moment you wet them and the next thing you know, they feel drier than before you licked them. Drinking more water to keep hydrated is one way that helps with dry lips along with a healthy diet.

Another way to care for the lip area is to make a sugar scrub. Use sugar mixed with jojoba or almond oil and gently massage over your lips in small circular movements. Remove with a warm washcloth. This will remove dead skin and keep the lips soft and smooth. Never pull or pick at the dry skin on the lips because that will cause bleeding and possibly sores. Finally, apply a moisturizing lip balm before going to bed.

If you have concerns about fine lines around your lips or you feel like they’ve already lost volume, an alternative to injections is using the TAMA microcurrent to re-educate the muscles around the mouth and diminish those fine lines. You can schedule a quick Kissable Lips treatment that only lasts 10-minutes! Click here for more information

Protecting your lips is not just for summertime, it’s for all year-long. Winter can be just as harsh on your lips as can summer. Just as you would apply sunscreen to the rest of your body while outdoors, also apply protection to those luscious lips and keep them looking healthy and kissable year ’round.

AUTHOR: Linda Jenkins

Linda earned her skin care license in Austin in 1999 and immediately began working in Austin at a high-end day spa. In 2000, The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville, North Carolina, presented her an impassable opportunity. Her decision to relocate was to gain further experience and share her passion at this renowned historical resort nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She had tenure of 12 years with The Grove Park Spa family, four of which she was the Lead Esthetician.