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Lip Service

Do you have chapped lips?  Here are some tips to help your lips feel and look better:

DO:

Exfoliate your lips with a lip exfoliating cream (buffs off the dead skin cells) OR simply use a soft tooth brush and yes, gently brush your lips (about 2-3 times a week) after you brush your teeth and toothpaste is rinsed off.

Follow with a vitamin infused lip balm or cocoa butter.

Sip hot water or decaffeinated tea slowly, throughout the day; it dilates the circulatory system and will increase moisture to the tissues.

AVOID:

Caffeine and alcohol which are major tissue dehydrators.

Avoid flavored lip balms which can cause more frequent lip licking, increasing the degree of chapping.

Avoid phenol and camphor which are often found in lip balms. Camphor adds a cooling, which may bring temporary relief but could irritate already sensitive lip tissues. Some components of “medicated” lip balms can actually act as irritants .

When lips are chapped, they’re more sensitive, and certain foods can irritate them. Hold off on pepper, mustard, barbecue sauce, orange juice, and alcoholic beverages to give your lips a break as they heal.

PREVENT DRYING:

Don’t lick your lips.  Putting on your coat to go outside?  Put on a coat of lip balm, too! Before going out in cold, dry weather, apply lip cream or balm that contains sunscreen.

DO wear a lip gloss or lipstick it will help protect your lips

Warm  tones:  choose shades of coral, peach, brown-nude

Cool tones:  choose shades of pink, red, mauve or pink-nude

Apply Vitamin E and C Lip treatment daily…even when your lips AREN’T dry or chapped.  (Keep a tube by your nightstand and apply nightly)

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