Friday, January 20, 2012

Kiss Chapped Lips Goodbye


Chapped lips are to winter what sunburns are to summer--a predictable nuisance that you "cure" by reaching into your bag for a good ole' tube of goop to slap on it. But when it comes to taking care of your skin--and yes your lips count--the best cures are often what comes beforethe issue, not after. For instance,

Did you know that lip balms work best when applied to moist lips? Counter intuitive, we know, but when you consider that lip balms work by replacing your skin's natural oils to lock water in, it makes perfect sence. So instead of habitually reaching for your favorite flavor every few minutes, drink water to get hydrated and glide on some oils like sunflower, soybean, and hemp found in glo minerals Mint Balm to keep it that way.

Did you know that licking your lips makes dryness worse? Your saliva contains acids and enzymes that aid in digestion, and when you douse your lips in it, you're literally dissolving their natural moisture barrier. Resist the urge!

Did you know that what you eat is just as responsible for drying out your lips as the environment? Acidic foods and drinks like coffee, orange juice, and sodas melt away moisture. But no one expects you to give up your morning latte. Simply create a buffer with water-resistant wax or oil-containing balms.

Did you know that biting your lips to remove dry skin can lead to scar tissue? That's right, when you're unconciously gnawing away on a pesky flake you're also damaging healthy skin cells, which your body can recreate in excess to compensate. As an alternative, gently exfoliate them away with a soft toothbrush, washcloth, or scrub made specifically for delicate skin like glo minerals Exfoliating Lip Wand.
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