Out of all body parts our lips are usually categorized as one of the sexiest, but we fail to think about them as delicate, they are actually among the most sensitive organs. Most of us don’t even worry about them until it’s too late. Keep reading to find more facts, lip care, 10 ingredients in lip products to look for and an easy 2 ingredients DIY lip scrub.
We all enjoy kissing but why? Kissing has its science behind it. It dilates your pupils, lower your levels of stress, engages cranial nerves, and releases endorphins giving you a sense of euphoria. When you kiss someone your brain tries to gather as much information through saliva exchange to figure out if they are a good match for you.
How many times have you kissed 2 people and felt no difference? Never! That is becauseyour lips just like your fingerprints are unique to each individual.
But why do we use our fingerprints and not our lips to identify us like when we go through airport security for example? Well, first of all that would be nasty! But in a more serious note, our lips have a different texture than the rest of our body with tons of nerve endings and no defensive membrane for protection making them more vulnerable.
Factors like lipsticks, some lip products, the weather and kissing could chap our lips to the point of making them peel and bleed. Our lips do not sweat and the lack of moisture makes them crack and some products could really come in handy.
If you are going to shop for lip products only use them up to 6 times a day and keep in mind the following 10 recommendations by dermatologist Dr. Aleksandar Krunic at Swedish Covenant Hospital.
Look for ingredients like:
- Vaseline, Beeswax, Ceramides
Avoid Ingredients like:
- Fragrances and artificial colors
- Menthol, camphor, phenol
- Salicylic acid if you are allergic to aspirin
- Aloe butter and vitamin E
If you are like me and prefer a natural solution for chapped lips, here is an easy and affordable 2 ingredient DIY scrub with kitchen ingredients you probably already have!
Mix in a small bowl
- Olive oil
- Brown sugar
Apply in your lips and scrub softly with your fingertips. Rinse and apply sunscreen.
TIP: Try brushing your lips daily with your toothbrush to keep them soft through your day and avoid kissing someone with weird looking pimples around their mouth.
Happy Kissing from TEALPRINT!
The Science of Kissing by Sheril Kirshenbaum