Imagine a person without lips…What does he or she look like? Ridiculously silly, right? Now imagine how that person would look while trying to eat, speak, whistle or kiss. Funny! Well, that says it all! Lips are important and we cannot think of a human without lips. So, let us today learn 10 interesting lip facts and find out what makes them so unique and important.
1. When it comes to attracting opposite sex, women with big lips get more success. The opposite is however not always true. Women are often found to prefer men with lips of medium size.
2. Did you know that lips are unique like fingerprints? You will never find to individuals with identical lip impressions.
3. Did you know that lips do not sweat? That’s because lips do not possess sweat glands. Well, sweat glands play a crucial role of moisturizing the skin and since, lips don’t have sweat glands they dry out faster than any other part of the body.
4. Did you know that lips are the only part of the body where the inside extends outside? Put in simpler words, the same mucus membrane that forms the inner lining of the mouth also makes the lips.
5. Did you know that our lips appear red-pink because we can actually see the blood capillaries that lie under the mucus membrane? Yes! The mucus membrane is pretty transparent. What causes this transparency? The skin on lips has only 3 to 6 layers of cells compared to 16 layers found in other parts of the skin. This makes the skin pretty transparent.
6. Did you know that lips also lack natural protective oil? No sweat glands and no oil equates to vulnerability. This implies that lips are highly exposed to cold, wind and sun. The only way to protect the lips from these natural elements is to use some kind of lip balm. For women, lipsticks work equally well.
7. Lip cancer is more prevalent in men than in women. This is because men usually don’t use lip balms and using lipsticks is simply out of question for men. Women on the other hand usually use lipsticks that keep their lips protected from harmful UV rays of sun.
8. Did you know that your lips grow thinner as you grow old? This happens because with aging, the collagen production of body decreases. Collagen is a vital protein and one of its functions is to give shape to the lips. Reduced production of collagen implies that lips start losing their plumpness.
9. Lips are composed of a complex of muscles known as orbicularis oris. This muscle complex also encircles the mouth. In order to pucker up either for playing a trumpet or for whistling or (our favorite) kissing, the orbicularis oris needs to be contracted.
10. Did you know that lips are one of the most sensitive organs in human body? They have more than a million nerve endings but they do not have any kind of defensive membrane for protection.