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Love Your Lips - Tips for Healthy Beautiful Lips. January 11, 2019

Our lips are sometimes neglected in favor of the rest of our face and body, but soft, smooth lips are a real beauty enhancer and healthy-looking lips can also be a sign of good health. If yours have seen better days, here are a few tips to keep them looking – and feeling – in great shape.

Lips Love Water – Keep Them Hydrated. Make sure that you’re always well hydrated and your lips will thank you. Not only is water good for your internal and overall health, drinking enough fluids is a sure-fire step to better skin - and lip - health.

Stop Licking Your Lips. Yes, we now it’s a habit but constantly licking and moistening your lips can dry them out by wearing their natural protective barrier down. If you’re tempted to moisten your lips with your tongue, stop and apply a hydrating lip balm instead. Opt for a good quality product that contains soothing ingredients like shea butter, beeswax, and vitamin E, or you could even use petroleum jelly (Vaseline).

SPF Is for Lips Too. Yu wouldn’t go out in the sun without slapping sunscreen on your face and body (would you?) so why would you leave your lips out of the equation? Lips are just as susceptible to sunburn as the rest of your body. In fact, because they don’t produce melanin, the pigment that helps protect your skin from the sun, they are more likely to burn if unprotected. Remember to regularly apply a sun-protective lip balm, lipstick with SPF or other lip protecting product daily.

Shed the Dead Skin. Just like the rest of your skin, lips love a good exfoliation. You can buy lip exfoliators with fruit-acid-based alpha or beta hydroxy acids that rejuvenate lips by sloughing away the dead skin. These aren’t recommended if you have sensitive skin, or your lips are very chapped though. As with any type of facial and body exfoliation, you really only need to exfoliate your lips once every week.

Hold Off on the Matte Lipstick. Matte lipsticks stay in place for so long simply because they are very drying, which isn’t great for the condition of your lips. Don’t use matte lipstick when your lips are chapped or sore as you’ll almost certainly make them worse. Try a more hydrating lipstick or if you absolutely can’t part with your matte, you can also try adding a moisturizing lip balm underneath.

How to Fix Common Lip Problems. Splits in the Corners of the Mouth. This can be down to lack of hydration, so if it’s a common problem, keep your lips well hydrated with a moisturizing lip balm and apply a very tiny amount of over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream to the cracked corners. If the problem persists, see a medical professional for advice. Peeling Lips. Often caused by an allergic reaction, your lips might be making a point about a new lipstick, toothpaste, food, or medication you're taking (for example, if you’ve recently started using Accutane, you might find that it really dries out your lips). See a dermatologist for a mild topical hydrocortisone cream to help decrease the irritation and stop using the product or eating the food that caused the reaction. See your doctor about any continued reactions to medication.

Instant Quiet for a Busy Mind.

How can you quiet a busy mind that won’t stop thinking? Try these tips when your mind gets crowded and you feel the stress starting to build and soon it will be second nature.

Refocus. Focus on your mind and body, your feelings, mental state and emotions rather than external things that you have zero control over. To move your mind away from circumstances that you can’t control, centre yourself and refocus. Close your eyes for a few minutes and focus really hard on all the sounds that are going on around you. Ignore and try to quiet any internal chatter. Open your eyes after a few minutes of this and you should feel as if you’ve cleared your mind, at least temporarily. It works by shutting out the internal noise and making you relax the ‘stressed out’ part of your mind as the logical, physical part takes over and listens to what’s going on around you, taking you out of the relentless to-do lists in your mind.

Daydream. If you find that even after refocusing your mind it’s still spinning, try a good daydream instead. Take just 20 minutes, go outside for a walk and just let your mind wander. Imagine your dream beach vacation, the décor in your dream house, whatever floats your boat. Fill your busy mind with daydreams to keep out the negative chatter and tap into your creative brain. Positive, intentional daydreaming is a wonderful stress reliever and you never know, you could come up with an amazing idea while you’re wandering!