Pucker up with con­fi­dence

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

THERE are a few things worse than dry, chapped lips, and with Na­tional Kissing Day fast ap­proach­ing you’re go­ing to want to en­sure your pucker is smooth and ready for ac­tion. This year, the day ded­i­cated to canoodling takes place on June 23 for its 11th con­sec­u­tive year – it looks like ro­mance isn’t dead af­ter all.

But there’s ab­so­lutely noth­ing ap­peal­ing, or com­fort­able for that mat­ter, about a pair of parched lips. Luck­ily, though, with a bit of love and at­ten­tion your smack­ers can feel soft and nour­ished once more.

First, it’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand why our lips need a lit­tle ex­tra TLC. With skin that’s ex­tra thin and sen­si­tive, lips don’t have any hair or se­ba­ceous glands, which as­sist in keep­ing the skin lu­bri­cated. Their only source of mois­ture is your saliva, but this can lead to them be­com­ing easily dry and chapped.

What’s more, they also don’t have any melanin, which pro­tects the skin from harm­ful UV rays. That’s why our lips are at higher risk of sun­burn and you should al­ways use an SPF. Un­for­tu­nately, swip­ing on the oc­ca­sional pat of petroleum jelly just isn’t go­ing to cut it. What should you be do­ing to keep your lips in tip-top shape?

Lips, like all other skin, need to be ex­fo­li­ated, but try and keep it lim­ited to once a week us­ing a ded­i­cated lip scrub, or you could dam­age them. Sim­i­larly, like your favourite hy­drat­ing face mask, lip masks of­fer a quick dose of mois­ture.

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