Our lips have it rough! To take good care of them, you need to learn more about them. Here are six amusing facts about your mouth.
Your lips are unique.
Your lips, just like your fingers, have prints that are unique to you. No two pair of lips are the same!
. Your blood makes your lips look red (or blue).
The skin on your lips is different from the rest of your body because it is thinner and more delicate. Skin on your face can be up to 16 cell layers thick while the skin on your lips is only 3 to 5 layers thick. This means your blood vessels are more apparent, giving your lips their pink or red colour. And there’s no escaping the truth when you’re cold because your blue lips will give you away every time!
Your lips get thinner as you age.
Your mouth’s plumpness is due in large part to the collagen it contains. As you age, your body produces less of this protein and your lips slowly decrease in volume. Another factor that can make your lips thinner: UV rays. That’s why it’s important to protect your lips from the sun by using a lip balm with SPF.
The protuberance in the middle of
your upper lip has a name.
In fact, it has many scientific names but the easiest to pronounce is labial tubercle.
The mouth is one of the body’s most
Just like in nipples, there are millions of nerve endings in lips, which makes them incredibly sensitive to heat, cold, touch, etc.
Your lips don’t sweat and don’t secrete protective oil.
Why? Because they don’t contain any sweat or sebaceous glands. These are responsible for producing the hydrolipidic film, which protects the skin and keeps it hydrated. It’s therefore unsurprising that your lips are more vulnerable to external aggressions (wind, cold, sun, etc.) and tend to dry more quickly than other areas on your body. Additionally, your lips only produce a small quantity of melanin, making them more sensitive to UV rays.
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Preventing the signs of aging
As you age, fine lines around your lips can quickly appear. That’s because this area is particularly delicate and is in nearly constant movement. It’s worth repeating: the best way to fight the signs of aging is to moisturize your skin!
Protecting them from external aggressions
As mentioned above, lips are extremely fragile because they do not have any sweat glands or sebaceous glands and only produce a small amount of melanin. The best way to protect them is to regularly use a lip balm with SPF. Summer or winter, you should always have one with you! Apply and reapply throughout the day, especially before you step outside.
Giving them volume
As a general rule: healthy lips look plumper. In fact, hydration is key if you want voluminous lips. Exfoliate them once or twice a week with a scrub to get rid of dead cells and then apply your nourishing lip balm!
Making your lipstick last longer
The first step to make your lipstick last all day? Hydration. Nourish your lips before and after applying your makeup because lipstick tends to dry your lips. It’s preferable to wait a few minutes before applying your lipstick because the pigments in the product have a hard time clinging to freshly moisturized lips.