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Winter Lip Care For A Plush Pucker

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Published: 28 Nov 2012      

Give your lips some loving attention so they’re irresistible this winter. Lets face it, our lips take a lot of abuse when the temperature drops. Cold, dry air and brisk winter winds, contributing to dehydrated, hard, and cracked lips, not pretty, and certainly not kiss worthy.

A beautiful smile can brighten up your day! Soft and pink lips are the ones responsible for this. Chapped and dry lips are embarrassing as well as extremely unattractive. The lips form the most delicate part of your body and it requires special care. The skin on the lips has three to five cellular layers that do not contain sebaceous glands.

Therefore it is very important to have a nutritional diet and regular exercises to keep yourself looking health. It has been noticed that smoking has a bad effect on lips making them black, chapped and wrinkled.

The most common reason of cracked lips is habitual licking and biting of the lips. With a constant use of balms, gloss and oil, your lips can be made be made supple and flexible. From this, it can be seen that lip care does not comprise of a single task, but a series of activities that need to be performed on a regular basis to get fruitful results.

Topping Forty’s Lip Care Tips

Diet

Be sure your diet contains plenty of healing vitamins A and E along with a good supply of antioxidant vitamin C. We may not be aware of thirst in the winter, but it’s crucial to replace the H2O taken from skin by the dry air.

Lip Balms

Coping with environmental and climatic conditions always leave the lips looking chapped and dull! The use of lip balms is very effective as the lips undergo severe damage during the winters. Using petroleum jelly with SPF is a sure way to protect your lips in all seasons.

Chapped Dry And Black Lips

Lip care is an integral part of body care as it contains sensitive tissues. It is true that lips can take a lot of wear and tear. But this is exactly why they deserve special attention too. It is a common sight that when the lips lose hydration, they become chapped, dry and black. To avoid this, consumption of fibre and fruits are essential along with plenty of water.

Recipe for fixing dry, chapped lips

  1. Soften dry or chapped lips by tenderly exfoliating with brown sugar moistened with a few drops of olive oil.
  2. Apply to lips and let sit for a minute.
  3. With a wet cotton flannel or fingertip, gently rub mixture into lips in a circular pattern.
  4. Rinse with water, follow with lip balm.

 

Cold sores aren’t hot

Causes

Despite their name, cold sores have nothing to do with the weather. Instead, these tiny blisters are caused by a viral infection of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). A highly contagious virus, HSV-1 spreads via skin-to-skin contact, including kissing and sexual contact.

Symptoms

These sores start with a tingling or itchy sensation in one spot. The spot then erupts with a painful, open lesion that scabs over and then finally heals in about 10 days. Taken at the tingling stage, high doses of vitamin C may help to speed healing.

Treatment

Because HSV-1 depends on the amino acid arginine for replication, avoiding food sources of arginine (chocolate, coconut, nuts, dairy products, meats, seafood, soybeans, white flour, wheat germ, seeds, and chickpeas) can be helpful.

Alternatively, the essential amino acid lysine displaces arginine and can prevent and speed recovery from herpes outbreaks. Look for lysine in eggs, fish (cod and sardines), potatoes, spirulina, and fenugreek seeds. Lysine is also available in supplement form, as well as in topical solutions such as lip balms.