Lips deserve care and attention as they are continuously exposed to atmospheric agents and are particularly sensitive. So let’s find out how to solve the small daily problems and which make up to adopt for an always dazzling mouth.
They are a very delicate area of the face . They are in fact composed of mucosa and skin and crossed by many blood vessels and nerve endings, and are also connected to different muscles.
They do not have sweat glands and the sebaceous glands are few, which is why they are particularly fragile .
We therefore try to explore the main problems we may encounter, suggesting practical and effective natural remedies .
Why the lips turn purple
They are generally of a more or less bright pink color . When this color changes it is always a sign of some particular condition.
If they take on a purplish color, tending to blue, it is called cyanosis . Sometimes this can happen when you spend too much time in the water (for example at the sea) or if temperatures are particularly freezing.
In other cases it could instead be an indication of a reduction of oxygen in the blood circulation and therefore there may be cardiovascular problems . In heavy smokers this occurrence tends to happen quite frequently.Among the most frequently associated pathologies we find anemia , heart attack, pneumonia, bronchitis , Raynaud’s disease.
Because the lips are white
If, on the other hand, we are faced with a whitish color associated, most likely, with dryness, it is almost certainly anemia, vitamin deficiencies or problems related to the stomach .
Because the lips are red
In the collective imagination they are often described as red, because they are synonymous with beauty and young age. Being full of life and healthy stimulates desire. For this reason the lipsticks of all brands always offer shades of more or less bright red and since ancient times this was the color with which women dyed their lips.
In reality, lips of a particularly bright and vivid red must arouse suspicion . In fact, it indicates various problems such as inflammation ( cheilitis ), polycythemia (increase in red blood cells in the blood), acidosis . This can also occur in cases of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Why the lips turn black
The possibility of them turning black should arouse suspicion. If only the lower lip is turning black, it could be multiple polypomatosis of the small intestine.
If, on the other hand, you notice that small dark spots appear around the lips, then it could be a rare hereditary disease, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome.
Because the lips are thinning
Let’s completely change issues and see what happens when the conformation undergoes major changes.
If they are thinning it means that your skin is aging . Generally this happens after the age of 40, but it is very relative data, as the elasticity of the skin is subjective.
Facial muscles begin to sag and skin tension also decreases. The result is that the lips also lose thickness and appear shriveled . All around the first wrinkles also appear.
Because the lips are dry
They can become dry when exposed to certain environmental conditions. Cold and wind put a strain on them, often creating even bleeding wounds.
Even the sun’s rays can influence, as well as the insane habit of moistening them by constantly passing the tongue. Do not overlook the use of unreliable cosmetics .
All these conditions therefore involve the loss of the aqueous part and the loss of the natural protective surface film .
Why do lips split?
When they are particularly dry , the next step is the formation of small cracks , sometimes bleeding and very annoying. They are called fissures or fissures.
Why do lips swell?
A much more serious problem is related to sudden swelling. Generally this happens for various factors:
- allergies (to drugs or foods)
- wasp stings or other insects
If you also have other symptoms such as itching and breathing difficulties, it is always good to go to a doctor in a short time. It could be a symptom of a severe allergic reaction.
Why do lips burn?
This condition can be traced back to an inflammatory pathology, such as lip eczema , or to vitamin deficiencies . In other cases it may simply be a secondary symptom of dryness, often accompanied by cracks which, in fact, burn.
So how can we take care of our precious lips to always have a perfect smile? There are certainly many products on the market today that often promise miraculous results.
In reality, however, with a few natural ingredients it is possible to solve most of our small daily problems. Let’s see how.
How to heal dry lips
To treat them when they are dry, you need to choose natural products that return the right hydration .
Green light for cocoa butter and shea butter . Excellent results are also obtained with beeswax or jojoba oil- based liquid wax .
Or you can spread a thin layer of olive oil , sweet almond oil or avocado oil .
How to heal chapped lips
The same natural remedies used for dryness will also work for chapped lips . We also suggest drinking a lot and trying a gentle exfoliant at home.
Pour a little baking soda and a vegetable oil from those suggested above (jojoba, shea) or other less known but equally effective ones such as argan , murumuru , babassu , monoi on a soft bristled toothbrush . Gently massage to remove all superficial skin and then moisturize the area well.
Lip wrinkles: what to do?
As we age, the first fine lines appear around the lips , which then become the typical signs of expression, taking on more and more defined features. Aesthetic doctors call them ‘bar codes’. Be wary of infiltrations of hyaluronic acid, botox and other aesthetic devilry that would make you similar to plasticky inflatable dolls.
To mitigate the signs of aging around the lips, you must first start with an anti- wrinkle facial gymnastics and then you can complete with anti- wrinkle oils , although it is impossible to stop skin aging , which is a natural and unstoppable process of our body.
Very effective is the moisturizing effect of coconut oil , sweet almond oil , argan oil and tamanu oil , to name but a few. Honey and beeswax also seem to act as excellent anti-aging products .
Burn of the lips: what to do?
It can happen to get burned , perhaps in contact with food or boiling water. In these cases you can resort to the classic grandmother’s remedy: take a potato and cut a slice, passing it first under fresh water. You will experience pain relief immediately .
To exert an antibacterial action you can also use calendula or aloe vera .
If you have some time you can prepare an ointment using olive oil and some chamomile flowers . Heat everything in a bain-marie for a couple of hours, filter and then spread on the lips.
What to put on sunburned lips
If you have absent-mindedly fallen asleep in the sun and forgot to protect your lips with a good sunscreen , you may be sunburned. How can we intervene in these cases?
A good DIY remedy is to make an anti-inflammatory cream at home . Mix 1 tablespoon of honey with aloe vera gel and spread the compress on your lips, leaving it on for about 20 minutes. Then rinse with cold water and finish by dabbing with rose water .
What to put on burning lips
Another unfortunate eventuality is having to manage the burning caused by the small cracks that are created when the lips are very chapped.
In addition to the remedies already suggested for dryness and cracking, you can think of creating a soothing compress with honey and yogurt . Mix the two ingredients in equal parts and let it rest for a few minutes.
Alternatively, a pat of butter can also help rehydrate the affected area. If, on the other hand, you love tea tree oil , a multi-faceted remedy, you can spread a few drops and massage gently.
Herpes on the lips: what to do and what to put
Who among you has never suffered from herpes ? This infectious disease is caused by the herpes simplex virus . It involves the presence of small lesions and pus-filled blisters, accompanied by itching and burning.
Fortunately, there are many natural remedies for cold sores , which we had already told you about. First try some lemon juice : squeeze it on a clean handkerchief and then gently pat the area. Lemon leads to the formation of crusts, promoting healing.
Among the essential oils, significant benefits are obtained with tea tree oil, geranium essential oil and eucalyptus oil . Don’t forget the healing action of aloe vera .
A typically homemade remedy is milk , with which you can wet a handkerchief as you did with lemon juice. Otherwise, try rubbing a clove of garlic on the blisters, even if the smell and taste won’t be the best!
Finally, take care of your diet, preferring foods rich in zinc , magnesium , selenium , iron , vitamin C , vitamin D and omega 3 .
Lip fissures: what are they?
Poor hydration or the action of atmospheric agents can create annoying fissures . In fact, the skin becomes more sensitive when it is deprived of its hydro-lipid film and it doesn’t take much to end up with lips full of cuts . These tend to be concentrated mainly in the corners of the mouth , also creating discomfort when eating.
How can we intervene in these cases? It will be enough to follow the same recommendations we have given you for chapped lips , then resort to vegetable oils that are true natural moisturizers.
Lip filler: what it is
The lip filler is an aesthetic treatment that is very popular among famous people and not only. Helps make lips plump while also smoothing out barcode wrinkles and giving a more youthful look.
It is based on the administration of products, generally hyaluronic acid , by means of local punctures. This is not a permanent procedure , as the hyaluronic acid is reabsorbed by the body within 8-9 months.
This means that periodically you will have to undergo the treatment again, to prevent the lips from returning to their original shape.
Even if it is a cosmetic treatment, the possible allergy to the substance injected, and any infections, must be checked first. For this it must be performed by an experienced physician in a suitable environment.
In any case, not everyone feels like following this treatment, which aims to rejuvenate the lips, but does not always achieve the results imagined by the patient.
Beauty of the lips
How can we take care of it without resorting to invasive treatments, but using the right precautions? We have tried to collect some tips to improve your daily make-up .
How to have full lips
If yours are too thin and you dream of those full of Scarlet Johansson, you can use some tricks of the trade.
First of all, start with a scrub , to remove the cuticles and awaken the blood circulation. You can mix 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of brown sugar. Spread it with your fingertips, rubbing well for 5 minutes, then rinse with warm water. This should only be done once a week so as not to dehydrate the lips.
To get a slight volumizing effect, try rubbing some essential oil of mint , like cinnamon mixed with coconut oil .
Don’t forget the benefits of facial gymnastics , which are useful not only for wrinkles.
Finally, prefer light colored lipsticks and avoid dark ones, which, on the contrary, tend to make the lips smaller . You can also evaluate the purchase of bright lip glosses that volumize thanks to the shiny effect.
Complete everything with a pencil with which you are going to draw the outline by moving about 1 mm, without exaggerating. The pencil should be a slightly darker tone than the lipstick, but be careful, not to look like a puppet.
How to have soft lips
Also in this case we recommend the classic scrub that helps to remove dead cells and make the surface of the mucous membranes smooth and soft .
Use shea butter , to be spread several times a day, and before going to bed. Or abound with petroleum jelly . All oils with a moisturizing function are good for softening the lips, so tea tree oil, sweet almond oil or mango oil .
How to have perfect lips
To have perfect lips you need to follow a daily ritual and constantly take care of this area of the body. Start with a correct diet , drink at least 2 liters of water a day and fill up on seasonal fruit and vegetables .
Periodically carry out smoothing scrubs and always protect your lips from atmospheric agents , even during the summer. Avoid the excessive use of cosmetics and, if you can, prefer organic ones and based on natural ingredients.
How to have smooth lips
To have them smooth , it is sufficient to avoid dehydration, often the result of bad habits such as constantly wetting oneself with the tongue.
At the first sign of cracking it is better to intervene promptly by resorting to the remedies we have already talked about. This will prevent cracks and fissures from forming over time . Obviously, you always prefer natural and home made solutions to over-the-counter drugs.
Treatments for those with thin lips
If you have thin hair and are against cosmetic surgery, you can use small tricks to help improve their turgor.
First of all, focus on a light lipstick for the central area which you will then blend towards a darker shade in the corners. Never forget to do some facial gymnastics exercises , combining them with smoothing scrubs . You can also pass a glossy gloss which helps to give the illusion of more volume.
A healthy mouth is definitely the best way to attract the eye!
How to have natural pink lips
Having natural roses is a sign of health and beauty, but unfortunately not all of them can boast them. How to fix it?
First of all, there are cooking ingredients that help reinvigorate the color of the lips, albeit for a short time. Let’s talk about the juice of the beetroot or the rose petals , to be gently rubbed on the area.
Use honey as a conditioner and remember to always keep them hydrated by drinking plenty of water . When they are dry and chapped they tend to take on a darker color.
Lip scrub: when and why
We have often talked about the need to do a scrub and now we want to recap all the situations in which this is useful.
If your lips are dry and chapped , don’t waste any more time and proceed immediately so that you can get rid of dead skin and cuticles.
The scrub improves the color and makes them more plump and soft , especially if they are thin. You will notice the effects immediately!
Lip balm: when to do it
Protecting the lips with a balm should be part of our beauty routine to prevent such a delicate area from being affected.
A windy day or excessive exposure to air conditioning is enough and the lips tend to dehydrate immediately, cracking in a short time.
It would be a good practice to constantly apply a natural conditioner (such as shea butter) before going to bed, before the lipstick and even several times a day. This is the best form of prevention against redness, fissures and labial fissures.
Lips: how to make them up
Are we sure we know how to make them up ? How many times have you met women with excessively showy make-up that, instead of hiding small flaws, just emphasized them? Let’s try to see how to move on a case-by-case basis.
How to draw lips
They should be designed trying to correct small defects and imagining an ideal mouth. If it is small you can use the pencil to push a little over the edge, if on the contrary it is very large and large , it will move to the inside .
If, on the other hand, the upper lip is thinner than the lower one, the pencil will be used to widen the outline. The same is done if you have the opposite problem.
For the central part, the so-called cupid’s bow , an excessive or otherwise not very evident V can be corrected, giving it the right shape.
What to put on the lips before the lipstick
Lipstick represents the last step for a self -respecting make-up . Before this it is always good to apply a layer of balm or cocoa butter .
Wait for it to dry and then proceed with a primer . This product helps to even out the complexion and prepares the mouth before make-up.
Draw the contours with the pencil and then apply your lipstick. You can also use a flat and square brush if you are familiar enough, taking the color directly from the lipstick stick.
Which lipstick for thin lips
If dark colors are used to resize shapes, it is best to avoid them if your mouth is small and you have thin lips.
Always choose a light lipstick , a nice orange or pink for example. You can also choose a pearly or iridescent gloss that you will focus on the central part, to give volume.
How to make up thin lips
We start with the pencil, with which you are going to draw an outline slightly offset from yours. Be careful not to overdo it so as not to create an unpleasant detachment.
Then complete with an ad hoc lipstick, as we have just seen.
Lip pencil: which one to choose?
Choosing a good mouth contour pencil is not that simple. It depends on the effect you want to achieve. If you need to volumize you need to focus on a color that is very few shades darker than that of the lipstick.
If you want a natural effect , you can proceed with a pencil of the same color as the lipstick.
As a rule, a few colors are enough (maximum 3 or 4) to be able to adapt the pencils to various situations: one flesh-colored , one red and one dark . If you are good you can also play by blurring the edges inwards, creating plays of light.
Which lip brush?
If you want to apply the lipstick with a brush , you have to choose it with not too soft bristles and that it is flat . This shape helps to apply and even out any type of lipstick, even cream ones.
If you want, you can also dare with a brush for the outline , instead of the pencil. In this case you will have to opt for a pointed brush with hard bristles .
Where to buy empty lip sticks
Today many women have approached organic cosmetics and many try to make their own DIY cosmetics with safe and natural products. The problem, however, is always that of having to find containers to store and store your natural make-up correctly .
In case lip balms are needed, online you are spoiled for choice. There are many producers who provide (and at affordable prices too) sticks of all shapes and sizes. One among many, the same giant of Amazon.