Lip Care is a term given to a number of skin applications. Lip care products range from lip balms to lip glosses, lipsticks, lip sharpeners, lip stains and lip plumps. There are two types of lip care products-those that contain active ingredients and those that don’t. Some lip care products have been on the market for over one hundred years, while others have only been on the market for ten years or less. These older lip care products are often found on store shelves, drugstores, and online websites. A newer type of lip care product, Lip Care Intensive Cream, is offered by many cosmetic companies.
Lip balm or lip primer is a smooth wax-like substance applied to the lips to soften and moisturize, treat chapped or dried lips, alleviate cracking and soreness, or heal angular cheilitis, chapping, or soreness around the mouth. Lip balms often contain camphor, methyl alcohol or lanolin, witch hazel, cocoa butter, and vitamin E. Lip primer is frequently combined with a lip gloss or lipstick to intensify the gloss or to provide more moisture to the lips. Lip balms are mostly worn while sleeping but may also be worn during sports and other activities to hydrate and protect the lips. Lip balms work well for those who experience chapped lips and/or who have cracked and sore lips because of dry air or weather conditions.
Lip glosses come in two basic categories-those that are water-based and water-resistance. Water-resistance lip balms are generally lighter in color and weight than oil-based lip balms. Water-based lip balms have less drying effect on the skin than oil-based lip balms. Lip glosses are popular for use during sports and other activities since they do not add luster to the skin like glosses do.
The best way to take care of your lips is to learn how to properly take care of your skin and to practice a daily lip care routine. To maintain the health of the lips, you need to be cautious about the products you use. Do not forget to use an appropriate amount of each product for sensitive or irritated lips. Take note that too much of anything can be bad for you. If you are prone to allergies or your lips are extremely dry, it would be a good idea to seek professional help from a pharmacist who can recommend a suitable lip care regimen for you.
Dryness on lips is usually caused by smoking, drinking coffee or tea without rinsing, using artificial lubricants, or wearing tight-fitting dentures. Excessive dryness can also be caused by using cold weather lipstick or gloss, being on your hands and fingers all the time, or having the hands in a moist environment such as when washing dishes or cleaning the house. Aside from these causes, being on one’s hands and fingers all the time can also cause the lips to become dry. In order to prevent dryness from occurring, it is recommended that you allow your lips to “breathe” every once in a while.
When choosing a lip balm, do not go for something that contains petroleum-based ingredients such as petrolatum or paraffin. Most balms contain petrolatum because it makes them feel smoother, but it is actually an absorbent that leaves the user with chapped lips the next morning. Even though petroleum-based lip balms may feel nice initially, they will eventually leave your lips dry, which will lead to chapping.
An alternative to a balm is a lip scrub. There are a lot of great scrubbing products available nowadays, so picking the right one will not be difficult. Just make sure that whatever you pick will provide you with moisture, be hydrating and does not have an addictive or scented ingredient. A great hydrating ingredient is honey. Honey has natural antibacterial properties and can help fight off bacteria while moisturizing the skin at the same time.
If you are going out, wear your makeup like you normally would. Although makeup can help with your dry skin and help keep your lips moisturized, it is not your only option. Your makeup should never be your only line of defense. If you’re going somewhere with a hot temperature, be sure to apply a thin layer of sunscreen. If you are prone to sweating a lot, it might be a good idea to take a shower instead of staying out all day in a hot temperature. Your body’s natural lip care routine will allow you to stay hydrated and prevent dry chapped lips.