Whether you’re spending some quality alone time, attached to a special someone or “it’s complicated,” Valentine’s Day is a good time to focus on one of the hardest-working parts of your body: your lips.
The Main Causes of Dry Lips
Your lips don’t contain sebaceous (oil) glands, which means they don’t naturally produce moisture as the majority of your face does. On top of that, the skin itself is thinner and therefore, more delicate. Even if you’re well hydrated in general, you’ll want to nurture your lips with moisturizing ingredients to prevent water evaporation and flaking.
The most common reasons (save medical conditions) for dry lips include:
The environment around you
It could be you’re traveling to a different climate than you’re accustomed to, the seasons have changed or the indoor heating/cooling system is on full blast. Generally speaking, lack of moisture in the air (low humidity or dry air) causes chapped lips. So do strong, fast winds.
Overexposure to the sun
If you’re planning a day at the beach, hiking, sailing or spending any prolonged period of time outdoors, the strong UV rays may cause your lips to dry out.
Licking your lips
Although it might seem like saliva can add moisture to your lips, it actually triggers more dryness once it dries.
Dehydration and diet
When your body is thirsty, so are your lips. Drink plenty of water and regularly eat healthy fats, like avocados and nuts.
Even lip balms can exacerbate your lips! Some people can get reactions to certain common lip-product ingredients like beeswax, chemical sunscreens or fragrances, which parch lips.
Our Physician-Formulated Lip Savior
At IMAGE, our goal was to invest our time and research into a single lip product that truly hydrates and heals (rather than momentarily covers up flaking and dryness). We wanted to create something that would improve the condition of lips over time while making it plumper, firmer and fuller instantly. We also sought to design a product that would enhance the appearance and volume of lip contours.
The result is our ORMEDIC balancing lip enhancement complex, which quenches lips with hydration while calming and soothing damaged or sensitive areas. The ultimate anti-ager for lips, this non-sticky, clear and glossy solution can add up to 40% of moisture volume if you use it consistently.
It also diminishes fine lines as well as helps reduce irritation after lip injections. Using this product can also enhance the effects of professional dermal fillers!
(This amazing lip hero is also available in a subtle pink. With every purchase of ORMEDIC sheer pink lip enhancement complex, we donate $1 to the Care for Skin Foundation, which provides medical skin surgeries to those in need.)
Here’s are three ingredients we put inside our lip complex worth noting:
Peptide complex: A messenger peptide for collagen renewal, retinoic acid like activity without irritancy. In vitro collagen stimulation by 350% and stimulation of glycosaminoglycan synthesis by 146%.
Avocado oil: A nourishing, emollient organic oil that contains high amounts of Vitamin E and essential fatty acids.
Ubiquinone: A super-powerful antioxidant that helps regenerate aging skin.
May your lips be pouty and your kisses be magical!