Some will say it’s our own vanity that has us fretting about and fighting the signs of aging. Perhaps that’s partially true, but most of us have a genuine concern about the health of our skin. As the years go by, our skin changes and wrinkles, crow’s feet ages spots, dry, rough and uneven texture are obvious. The biggest tell-all is sagging skin due to loss of elastin and collagen. We notice this around our eyes, forehead, chin, cheeks, jowls, and lips. Yes, our lips — a well-used part of our body that is often forgotten and shamefully neglected. We use them for everything —eating, drinking, talking, kissing, articulating our speech, and even expressing emotions like grinning, smiling, laughing, and pouting. But, on the other hand, our lips speak volumes without us uttering a word.
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While we are pampering other parts of our body, our lips are taking a beating. Once pink, plump, and youthful, our lips will show signs of aging through loss of color, thinning skin, and oodles of fine lines which are extremely difficult to hide. So what exactly causes our lips to shrivel up and fade from beauty? There are lots of factors to consider and they differ from person to person.
- Bone loss
- collagen and elastin loss
- fat pad and muscle loss
- poor circulation
- UV damage
- chronic dryness
- harsh/toxic beauty products
- Lifestyle habits
How to Slow Down Lip Aging
One of the first things you can do for your lips is to wear an organic lip balm that’s abundant in hydrating ingredients and comes with at least an SPF 30. Exfoliate your lips with a homemade scrub.
- Mix one teaspoon of honey with two teaspoons of sugar.
- Massage the mixture into your lips and leave for 10 minutes or so.
- Remove with the help of a wet face washer.
Mix 1/2 cup of vegetable glycerine with a few tablespoons of fine Himalayan pink salt. Stir well before using. Add a small dollop to your face and gently scrub.
*Use a lip balm that contains hydrating ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, coconut butter, vitamin E, honey, beeswax, jojoba wax or carnauba wax. You can actually find lots of lip balm recipes online so you can make your own and be in control of your ingredients.
*It’s also important to drink lots of water. It’s highly recommended we drink 8 glasses of water each day. This will help hydrate our whole body, including our lips.
*Take a vitamin E supplement — it’s great for improving circulation and building new skin cells… which means smoother and softer lips.
*Use aloe vera gel — it retains skin moisture so your lips are softer, has antioxidants that fight wrinkles, and has anti-inflammatory properties to repair any damage.
There are lots of cosmetic procedures you could look into as well. I personally just wanted to share natural ways to rejuvenate our lips. They’re safe and don’t cost a lot.