The breeze that hits us in the face like a gentle morning wishes also teems with the pollutants, carcinogens, and elements that can make our skin break out into acne, inflammation amidst other concerns. Thus, the skincare routine is one significant step towards healthy skin and has been getting its due spotlight for a while now. Akin to having different individualities, we have different skin types that distinguish us from others and the routine to having clear and supple skin, thus, turns subjective - depending as per the skin-type requirement. However, there is an area that is often neglected in our skin regime that is our lip care routine.
The skin of our lips is 100x more sensitive than our fingertips with more than a million nerves ending there. In addition to this, our lips have no defensive membrane, making them delicate and increasing our responsibility of nourishing and conditioning them well as we integrate a lip-care regime in our daily life. If not cared for extensively, we can end up causing more harm than good as our lips dry and wrinkle owing to our lip-insensitive schedules.
The lips have to be resistant to all the activities like eating, drinking, talking, breathing or other intimate encounters; however, since the skin on the lips is more delicate than usual skin, they need to have a shield to protect them at all times. Lips are prone to excessive peeling, cracking, splitting, chapping, cold sores, ulcers and other conditions such as intense cold, or the dry/ hot sun making them endure the climate. Therefore, hydration plays a crucial role in maintaining wrinkle-free smooth lips. Furthermore, since they never get a break from exposure, it becomes all the more important to tend to them as one would tend to fragile newborns. The aim should be to keep them moist, clean and supple.
The way ahead
Digging into the ways to have healthy, hydrated and bright lips is to remember that breathing dries out the lips easily and keeping it hydrated is imperative. Ingredients like shea butter, cocoa butter or plant oils can be really beneficial but in concentrations that differ from that, you would use in skincare. Being wary about which ingredients and products to avoid is important too, as there are a lot of acidic products that do more harm than good. Drinking lots of water is key to keeping them hydrated from the inside.
But acing the lip-game requires one to follow a regime that will help keep them plumpy, soft and supple. On the whole, lips need cleansing, hydration, exfoliation, protection and occasional resurfacing.
5 habits to stop
1. Try a new acne treatment every week or so.This approach can irritate your skin, which can cause breakouts.
Give an acne treatment time to work. You want to use a product for 6 to 8 weeks. It takes that long to see some improvement. If you don’t see any improvement by then, you can try another product. Complete clearing generally takes 3 to 4 months.
2. Apply acne medication only to your blemishes.
It makes sense to treat what you see, but this approach fails to prevent new breakouts.
To prevent new blemishes, spread a thin layer of the acne medication evenly over your acne-prone skin. For example, if you tend to breakout on your forehead, nose, and chin, you would want to apply the acne treatment evenly on all of these areas of your face.
3. Use makeup, skin care products, and hair care products that can cause acne.
Some makeup, along with many skin and hair care products, contain oil or other ingredients that can cause acne breakouts. If you continue to use them, you may continue to see blemishes.
Use only makeup, sunscreen, skin, and hair-care products that are labeled “non-comedogenic” or “won’t clog pores.” These products don’t cause breakouts in most people.
4. Wash your face throughout the day.
Washing your face several times a day can further irritate your skin, leading to more breakouts.
Wash your face twice a day — when you wake up and before you go to bed. You’ll also want to wash your face when you finish an activity that makes you sweat.
5. Sleep in your makeup.
Even non-comedogenic makeup can cause acne if you sleep in it.
Remove your makeup before you go to bed. No exceptions. If you’re too tired to wash your face, use a makeup remover towelette. Just make sure it’s a non-comedogenic towelette.