Lip Balm To the Rescue! Want to get that blush on your lips naturally? Here’s how to keep your lips healthy & pink without clinical treatments!
You’re waiting at the reception, flipping through magazine pages, reading about your doctor’s achievement in successful Lip Blushing treatments. You get enthusiastic and motivated as you will have the same treatment in the next 20 minutes. The atmosphere isn’t unique to you since it’s a regular treatment you have been getting for years. Lip blushing, a popular investment on lips, brings back the natural stain for maintaining a vibrant smile in a room full of people. Your clinician tells you how badly you need this treatment by showing you your naked lips that are pale, lifeless, and dull. So, naturally, you fall for their suggestion.
But we have a pocket-friendly suggestion for you. Interested? Then read on!
Find out how you can keep your lips healthy by using a lip balm and only to retain a reddish tinge and a mushy, luscious touch instead of resorting to costly treatments. However, this option will take months of consistency and commitment to your Lip’s health. Anything for your lips, right? We’re glad you see it our way!
In order to understand how better to protect your lips, let’s take a look at the major factors that cause lip damage.
Factors Causing Damage To Lips:
- Lack of awareness: you have a daily skincare and a hair care routine that excludes lip care. You are busy buying face sheet masks and hair products while leaving out essential lip masks or lip products.
- Cosmetics: you didn’t use makeup remover on your lips before going to bed or a primer before putting lipstick on. You are using an expired lipstick product or a concealer. (The lifespan of lipstick is 1-to-2-years, and lip gloss is 6-months to 1-year only. So, throw away the expired products after this period.) Moreover, you sanitize your lipstick infrequently; this causes bacterial growth on the lips.
- Exposure: your lips are exposed to harmful UV rays (sun), pollution, and millions of airborne bacteria. (The bottom lip is the most common target of skin cancer.)
- Dehydration: lack of enough fluids in the blood means there aren’t enough electrolytes for metabolic reactions. (It is obvious you dehydrate your body on purpose if you’re not drinking enough water.)
- Smoking: nicotine shrinks your blood vessels, accelerating the process of aging and forming wrinkles on your lips.
Consider avoiding these causes to maintain your lip health. We all know, ‘prevention is better than cure,’ then why not absorb this saying? Lip blush treatment is a temporary solution, but what about your looks five or ten years from now?
Our advice? Keep your eye on the long term care rather than short fix solutions. So let’s find out how lip balm and a lip scrub can restore your lip health.
Lip balm may be the cheapest makeup product overall, but it has benefits that can save you dollars in the future. Perhaps you think that chap stick is for treating chapped and dry lips from slaps of wind. However, it has more excellent hidden benefits. Find out below:
- It doubles up as a primer so that your lipstick has a smooth canvas beneath to go over. Therefore, applies more evenly and protects your lips from any damage from the lipstick’s chemicals.
- Constant exposure to UV rays causes hyperpigmentation but applying the balm every two to three hours can fade it away, as well as the dark spots and dullness, allowing lips to look brighter and supplementarily even-toned.
- Using a lip balm with sunscreen of SPF-15 or above protect lips from harmful rays, hence slowing down aging and make them look less wrinkled.
- Applying balm right before catching your beauty sleep makes your pout nourished and supple, since your body flush out toxins during this time.
- Balm protects all the new skin cells, therefore acting as great lip mask.
- It rehydrates your lips by locking in moisture since lips don’t have oil glands to retain moisture like the rest of the body’s skin.
- Rehydration brings back the pinkish tinge and juicy look to lips.
Specific Lip Balms You Should Use & Why?
According to Dr. Alexiades, “fatty acids ensure that lips stay hydrated by building a complete barrier so that lips stay plump.” She mentioned also mentioned several ingredients that we can use.
- A coconut-oil based balm is a non-cosmetic emollient that soothe, soften and increase the moisture levels.
- Vitamin C or strawberry balms have antioxidants, anti-microbial and keep lips germ-free.
- Flavored (e.g., blueberry) balms have anti-inflammatory effects that protect lips from any bacteria entering your cracked lips, reduce any swelling or cold sores.
- Aloe-based balms speed healing chapped lips.
- Shea butter, cocoa butter, or coconut oil based are great for protecting lips from heat and pollution.
Before signing off, we’d recommend you shift to these lip balm permanently instead of going for the lip blush treatments since your lips need a long-term solution. You will see a change only if you include lip care in your bedtime, morning, and outdoor routine. Mark down this quote by Elizabeth Arden, ‘To achieve beauty, a woman must first achieve health.’ – Our beauty mantra for 2023!