Days are getting warmer and windy. Skin safety is of utmost importance in this weather, but there’s one patch of skin that is often overlooked when it comes to the summer elements—the lips. The lips need extra Tender Loving Care (TLC) all year round.
The primary cause of skin changes associated with a sudden switch to weather conditions is a reduction in your skin’s natural moisturizing factor (NMF). Produced naturally by the skin, this blend of amino acids helps maintain skin moisture levels. Dry skin has lower levels of NMF, and environmental factors like sun exposure and dry air can reduce NMF even further. The result: increased dryness and flaking.
Skin naturally responds to the external triggers that deplete NMF by producing more. There’s no way to speed the skin’s production of NMF, but supplementing your skin with extra moisture, getting an adequate amount of sleep and reducing stress may help usher the process along.
Lips lack the natural glands to keep them moist. As the temperature rises and your lips are exposed to harmful UV rays, heat, and transitions from the heat to air conditioning, your lips may become dry and chapped, which leaves them looking and feeling not so great.
If you want luscious lips in this dry and windy season, protect your lips by applying lip balm. Lip balm might be the most important skin care product in your skin care tool bag. It serves two purposes—to protect the lips from harmful UV rays and to moisturize them, thereby preventing dehydration and chapping. Choose a lip balm that has an SPF of at least 15 and moisturizing ingredients that leave your lips feeling and looking luscious. Lipice Lip Balm has these characteristics. When you slather sunscreen all over your body, don’t forget to protect your lips with lip balm.
In addition to daily application of lip balm, the lips need heavy duty moisturizing at night to help them recover and regenerate. Apply a moisturizing cream at night so the lips can absorb the moisture while you sleep.
Chronic dehydration leads to dry skin and this includes the lips. Stay hydrated to have healthy skin and maintain a healthy diet with nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and vitamin C provide antioxidants that protects against skin damage.