I’ve been having this post laying around in my draft since last year, so today I decided to beat the procrastination and just upload this once and for all.
However, I’m going to be answering some questions concerning lip balms first.
What is the primary purpose of a lip balm?
The primary purpose of lip balm is to provide an occlusive layer on the lip surface to seal moisture in lips and protect them from external exposure. Dry air, cold temperatures, and wind all have a drying effect on skin by drawing moisture away from the body.
How often should you apply a lip balm?
Whatever type of product you choose, apply it before you put on lipstick or lip gloss, not after. To keep your lips protected, reapply frequently.
“You need about six to eight coats during the day,” some people say,
but you can have too much of a good thing. But technically you only need to apply a balm on rising, after drinking water or eating a meal, and at night. Nevertheless, you can apply first thing in the morning, the last thing at night, and every couple of hours during the day.
Should I use a lip balm when I go to bed?
My advice is to always be sure to apply Chapstick or lip balm to your lips before going to sleep. Lip balm will help keep your new skin cells smooth.
You also lose moisture in your skin throughout the night. That’s why it’s extra important to moisturize your skin, and lips before you go to sleep.
Can lip balm darken the lips?
Well, lip balms are made to lighten up a darkened lips. So it is possible that lip balm may cause lip blackening due to chemicals or preservatives (like parabens).
I have also noticed the lip drying and lip darkening characteristics in tinted lip balms.
What causes our lips to darken
Like skin tone, lip color can vary from person to person. No shade of skin on the lips is healthier than any other.
In some cases, a change in the color or condition of the lips could indicate that the lips need more care. However, it is rarely a cause for concern.
There is natural variation between people in their lip color.
A pigment called melanin gives the skin its color.
Less melanin creates a lighter skin tone, whereas more melanin means a darker skin tone.
If the skin begins producing more melanin than usual, it can lead to hyperpigmentation.
Hyperpigmentation causes patches of skin to develop that are darker than the skin around them.
A common example of hyperpigmentation is age spots. This condition is related to sun exposure, and many people believe it to be harmless. It can affect almost any area of the body, including the lips.
Causes of hyperpigmentation include:
- sun exposure
- tobacco smoking
- certain medications
- a medical condition
In my take, and judging based on my blog’s reader demographics, sun exposure play majority of role when it comes to a darker looking lips.
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Exposing skin to the sun triggers the body to create melanin to absorb the ultraviolet rays. This protects the skin from some of the damage that sunlight causes. It also causes the skin to tan.
It is important to wear sun protection on the lips, as well as elsewhere the body. Lip balms with a sun protection factor of 30 or higher can protect the lips from sun damage.
While there are obviously other factors that do influence the shade of your lips, what makes for an attractive lips is not entirely at the mercy of how pinkish looking it is.
Nicotine and benzpyrene in tobacco smoke can encourage melanin production in the skin. This may cause the lips to darken. This can happen gradually over time.
Smoking has many other negative impacts on health. The National Cancer Institute have a dedicated website that provides information and advice for people who want to quit.
Caring for the lips
Just like with every other thing on earth, if you want it to be at it’s best shape, you have to care for it, you have to prevent further damages from ensuing.
From home remedies, to off the counter highly recommended lip care products, and basic daily care routine, one can transform the state of their lips within a matter of weeks.
So now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get into how we can make or lips as soft, healthy, and attractive, as possible.
Lip care routine
Obviously, the major thing you have to fight against Is lip dehydration, sun damage, and old skin cells on the lips.
So what then do you need to do?
- Exfoliate your skin every three to four days, depending, however, on the rate at which your skin turns over. Exfoliate using an off the counter lip scrub containing glycolic acid when you need to get some serious work done. You could also your toothbrush to scrub when you’re brushing your teeth 😬 on a normal day.
- never forget the lip balm, ever! in other words, do not allow your lips to dry out, ever. Always use a lip balm after drinking or eating stuff, after taking your bath or washing your face and when you go to bed at night.
- during the day, always apply a lip balm or gloss containing an SPF of at least 15, keep reapplying for every two/three hours you spend under the sun.
- using a hydrating lip mask every on and then would also prove invaluable especially during the harsher seasons.
For some of you who are homemade DIY junkies, you can try these for yourself, as they are quite effective.
DIY lip care
Honey and sugar lip scrub
Gently exfoliating the lips can help remove dead skin cells. A person can make a scrub at home using the following method:
- Combine 1 teaspoon (tsp) of honey and 1 tsp of sugar.
- Gently rub the mixture into the lips using small circular movements.
- Rinse it off using warm water.
Exfoliating too often, however, can cause irritation and sensitivity Because the skin on the lips is delicate. people should exfoliate no more than once per week if possible.
Almond oil lip massage
Massaging oil into the lips can help moisturize them and boost circulation. Blood vessels in the lips help give them color, and massaging them can boost blood flow to the area.
Use a good quality almond or coconut oil as a natural remedy for dry lips. Gently rub the oil into the lips a few times per day. The effects should be noticeable within a day or two.