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06-07-10 | Posted by


HealthNewsDigest.com Skincare Columnist Wendy Lewis Gives Lip Service for Summer

Reprinted from http://www.healthnewsdigest.com

Your lips take a beating when the sun shines. Sun exposure and heat can cause lips to suffer and shrivel, but relief is on the way in the form of moisturizing lip protection.

PUCKER PROTECTION – Lips are extremely susceptible to sunburn because they don’t have melanin which can help protect skin from UV rays. High SPF is important as lips are also in danger of skin cancers. Apply a sun-protective lip product daily and carry it with you to reapply throughout the day. Softlips Vanilla Lip Protectant Sunscreen SPF20 is one of the cheap and cheerful lip flavors you can pick up at any drugstore.

HYDRATE 24/7 – Look for emollients like beeswax, shea butter, glycerin, vitamin E, almond, jojoba or coconut oils. Rosebud Perfume Company Strawberry Lip Balm is a cult favorite. Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss adds a touch of color to a rich gloss in a tube.

MEDICATED BALMS – If you have sensitive skin, avoid overdoing camphor-based medicated lip balms which can be irritating. The old classic Carmex still comes in the original yellow pot, but includes tubes and sticks in flavors like Cherry, Strawberry and Mint. It contains camphor, menthol and phenol to tingle, cool and soothe.

DEAD SKIN SLOUGH- Lip exfoliators slough off dead surface skin cells. Use once weekly to keep lips smooth and soft. Sephora Tricks of the Trade Lip Peel can restore your lips back into great shape.

PUT MATTE ON HOLD – Some matte lipsticks can be extremely drying to your lips, so avoid using them when your lips are chapped. Opaque lipsticks offer more coverage and protection than sheer glosses generally. Add a layer of moisturizing lip balm under your lipstick or finish with a moisturizing gloss over your lipstick. Dior Addict High Shine Lipstick is extra long lasting with stay on your lips shine in soft, pretty shades.

STOP LICKING – Licking your lips damages the protective barrier because your saliva contains digestive enzymes that can break it down and dry your lips out. Apply a dab of lip balm while you sleep to keep lips moist and train yourself not to over lick. Origins Soothing Lip Balm is loaded with shea butter, cocoa butter, sunflower, and safflower.

PEELING LIPS – Lips that constantly peel could be the sign of an allergic reaction; a new lipstick or toothpaste, or medication could be the culprit. For example the powerhouse acne drug Accutane can severely dry out lips and mucous membranes. If your lips are red, irritated, or break out in a rash, try a mild topical hydrocortisone cream.

NO MORE LIP LINES – Those fine feathered lines that cause lipstick bleed can be the result of sun exposure, aging and smoking, as well as overactive muscles around the mouth. Look for anti-aging ingredients like retinol and peptides. SKINMEDICA TNS Lip Plump System spackles over fine lines and has a dual action for lip texture, fullness and age reversal.

Wendy Lewis is President of Wendy Lewis & Co Ltd, Global Aesthetics Consultancy, and author of 10 beauty books. She is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Beautyinthebag www.wlbeauty.com, www.twitter.com/WLCONY

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