Do you often find yourself with dry or chapped lips? There are more reasons to that rough skin than you realize! The layer of skin on your lips (stratum corneum) is extremely thin and transparent, which is why our lips have a rosy tone. Because the layer of skin is so thin, the large concentration of blood vessels below are creating the color. This is also why it can be so painful, and why we easily bleed, when our lips are dry and cracked.
What makes our lips chapped?
Our environment is one of the main causes of dry lips. If the air is arid or cold, we tend to lose a lot of moisture from our lips. Since our lips don’t have any sweat glands, we lose three to ten times more water from our lips, especially during harsher climates.
Our lips are super sensitive to ultraviolet rays because of the minimal skin protection. The extra absorption of UVA and UVB rays from the sun can cause lip-sunburn, even on the cloudiest of days. This damage to the thin layer can also be a major cause in dry lips.
When our lips are dry, we have a tendency to lick them. We also have a tendency to lick our lips if we use those cheap and fruity lip balms. While the lip-licking may cause temporary relief, this is actually causing more damage, as our saliva is meant for digestion. So, in essence, when we lick our lips, we’re actually “eating away” at the thin layer of skin, making our lips drier than before.
Certain medications and illnesses can also cause dry lips. If you find that you’re suffering from chronically dry lips, you may want to speak to your doctor to see if there may be some underlying causes.
How to obtain soft, supple lips?
The goal to getting soft, moisturized lips is all about maintenance. The first thing you want to do is be sure you are staying hydrated and drinking enough water. People are often more dehydrated than we realize, upping your water intake can not only aid in bringing moisture back to lips, but also help balance out other organ functions.
As a base, use a moisturizer free of parabens, formaldehyde, and artificial ingredients. The Sneak a Smooch Lip Moisturizer is made with Organic, Fair-Trade Cocoa Butter, Candelilla Wax, Shea Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Aloe Leaf Powder, Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, and Vitamin E Oil. Each of the ingredients in our Sneak a Smooch Lip Moisturizer have been carefully selected for a VEGAN formulation to bring ultimate moisture.
Finally, complete your look with a lipstick or lip tints that has sunscreen included in the formula. You want to look for products that contain zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, as these are known natural sunscreens.
Why start with a base?
You may be wondering why you should start with a base, such as the Sneak a Smooch Lip Moisturizer, before adding lipstick or lip tints with sunscreen. The reason is because you want the first layer on your lips to be a natural coating with botanical ingredients because it’s what’s directly being applied to your lips. You’re simultaneously adding moisture to your lips and creating a base of moisture between what may be harsher ingredients.