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Lip Care Basics

Taking care of your kisser.

This is our first lip post. We will get into the excitement of lip cosmetics later, but these are the lip care basics. Your lips (especially the bottom one) are a serious target for UV induced skin cancer, so they need protection. On a less scary note, lips get irritated easily and regularly. Here is what the experts have to say about dealing with both:

  • Exfoliate – Once per week use a wet toothbrush or wash rag to gently remove the clingy, dead skin.

  • Hydrate – Lips don’t have oil glands to keep them slippery, so drink plenty of water and try not to lick them, which further irritates them.

  • Protect – Just like the rest of your skin, it is critical to cover your lips in a mineral based SPF when out and about, and reapply it every 2 hours.

  • Moisten – After you’re done with your tooth routine at night, slather your lips in a lip moisturizer to help repair while you sleep.

Take care of your lips, they’re romance dependent.

More in the journal.

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