Kissable lips, a plump pout with a dash of a scarlet lippie…this imagery may seem far fetched if your reality is chapped, cracked and windburn lips, but all is not lost. Here’s how to love your lips!
- The skin here is far thinner than the rest of the body. Did you know that vermillion, or the color of your lips is actually from the blood under the skin?
- The lips have little to no sebaceous glands. There are also no hair follicles in the lips like there are on the entire rest of the body (except the soles of feet, palms and certain genital parts). Sebaceous gland work in conjunction with a hair follicle, like a wick pulling sebum to the surface of the skin. Without this function, the lips are unable to lubricate themselves!
- During the frigid winter months, your lips are exposed to the driest of air, wind and sun exposure. This combination leads to a cracked and dehydrated pout. With this time of the year also having a higher rate of colds and flu, more people experience nasal congestion. This congestion causes people to be more likely to breath through their mouth. Therefore more air passes over the lips causing them to dry out further.