By: Lucy Wyndham
If you long for smooth, luscious lips that are soft and completely crack-free, chances are, you are already a big fan of Moroccan Magic, which hydrates skin with its rich argan oil content and entice with an array of stunning scents such as lemon thyme, peppermint eucalyptus, rose, and more
. It is vital to support the balms with proper treatment of lips and the right nutrition, since the reasons for dry lips can often be found in our environment and lifestyle choices.
Use a Balm, not a Lip Barrier
Many people are under the impression that a lip barrier is enough to keep the wind, snow, or sun from drying out our lips and causing them to crack. A balm differs from these products in that it contains oils obtained from nature, such as the argan tree, which delivers deep hydration. Balms are particularly important when we are spending various hours in the Great Outdoors, sailing, walking in dry temperatures or enjoying a day in the snow. Moroccan Magic balms deliver a beautiful matte finish so you will never feel like your lips are greasy or sticky.
The Importance of a Healthy Diet
One of the biggest mistakes we make when it comes to skin (including the skin on our lips) is failing to consume a healthy, vitamin-rich diet
. Sometimes, dry lips can indicate a Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) deficiency. Healthy sources of this vitamin include lean meat and eggs so ensure you consume these foods regularly.
Sometimes, the problem is too much of a good thing –– such as Vitamin A. Try to obtain the latter from foods instead of supplements, so you don’t go overboard and cause lip and skin cracking and peeling.
Water is also vital for beautiful skin; drink at least eight glasses a day to ensure moisture from within; if you are very active, drink more to make up for water lost through perspiration.
Lack of Regular Care
When we first learn about our daily skin routine, we learn that it is vital to cleanse, tone, and moisturise skin
… hardly anyone tells us how to care daily for our lips, however. In addition to the regular use of soothing balms, special anti-ageing and moisturising facials can do wonders for our face
, as well as our lips. Some spas perform gentle ‘lip scrubs’ to encourage the elimination of dead skin cells. Exfoliation enables skin to absorb balms well, which is why a facial at least once a month is a great way to keep skin smooth and soft.
Medication and Allergies
Some medications (particularly those used for acne, blood pressure and hypothyroidism) can cause you to have an allergic reaction
, and lips can swell and or dry out. This is an important sign that your body is not tolerating these medicines well, so it is important to consult your doctor for alternatives.
Keeping lips luscious and soft involves taking a multi-pronged approach. Wear lip balms daily to provide them with the moisture they need, and make important lifestyle and nutritional changes in order to tackle the problem of dryness from within as well.