[By Larissa Hunt]
What do Angelina Jolie, Scarlet Johansson and Monica Bellucci have in common? Well you guess it right. Each of these Hollywood leading ladies are heating up the silver screen with their full luscious lips, dripping with animalistic sex appeal that’s hard to resist. Besides being associated with youth and vitality, there’s nothing quite like a pair of plump lips to up your sex quotient a few notches higher. While not everyone is blessed with naturally full puckers, it is definitely within every girl’s means to bring out the best of hers. Our lips aren’t that big to start off with, so it’s not going to take up a ton of your time to baby them a little. Here are five simple and totally awesome ways to pamper your lippies, with gobsmacking results that’s hard to beat!
Drink like a fish
I would love to say champagne, but it is sky juice that I’m referring to. Water is essential for keeping us healthy and to be well hydrated dramatically reduces unsightly cracking and dryness of lips. When you fluid intake is insufficient, your skin suffer and your lips will be similarly affected.
Always keep a bottle of drinking water handy to take sips constantly throughout the day. Replenish and up your intake if you are outdoors, exercising or participating in strenuous activities. Make sure to include plenty of food with high water content in your diet as well. An orange, a couple of slices of cucumber and some celery sticks are healthy options to consider.
Our skin, including our lips, thrive on a healthy diet with nutrients made available from a wide variety of foods. A deficiency in certain vitamins and minerals can lead to various skin problems including parched lips and blistering.
Lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables as well as a certain amount of good fat all help to maintain the “kissability” of our lips. If you are a vegan, it is important to fill up gaps in your diet with the correct health supplements.
You are probably exfoliating your face and body regularly, but do you know that your lips can benefit from the occasional scrubbing too? Exfoliating sloughs off dead, dry skin and lets the young, radiant skin below shine through, and this theory applies to your pretty puckers too.
An easy DIY scrub is to apply a mixture of equal part honey and coarse granulated sugar to the lips and gently brush them in a circular motion with a soft toothbrush. Rinse with warm water, pat dry and slick on your lip balm to finish off your lip treat.
For something a lot more luxe and not hurting your wallet much, try Sloane Inc. Lip Fabulosity Scrub, a beauty gem that packs a feisty punch in a handy little tub. Containing extra fine, sweet smelling, vanilla infused crystals that gently exfoliates the lips without hurting or tearing the skin, this lip saviour clears away accumulated debris and reduces any discolouration at the same time; making it a beauty must-have for smokers and red wine lovers to keep those “abused” lips baby smooth and stain free too!
Have you ever wonder why a child’s lips are always soft and dewy looking and why they get more chapped as we aged? The answer lies in the difference in hydration between young and mature lips. We are talking about the hydration deep in the dermis, not just surface hydration that one can achieve with lip balm and serums alone.
Give your weathered puckers some much needed TLC and nourishment with Revitalift Lips, a deeply hydrating treatment with minimal to no downtime.
“An ultra-fine, small particle hyaluronic acid filler is introduced into your lips via a series of microinjections,” explains Dr. Tan Wan Theng, senior consultant with The Sloane Clinic. “The aim is to revitalize and rejuvenate dull, chapped and lined lips without overtly amping up their volume or size for an exceedingly natural look. You will still look like yourself, just a better improved version.”
Kick those bad habits
Cigarettes are linked to a host of cancers including those involving the oral cavity. Besides, the repeatitive motion made by inhaling pulls at the skin on your lips and around your mouth, leaving lines and wrinkles with the passage of time. Every drag you take is pumped with toxins that can dehydrate and thin out your lips permanently. And let’s face it, even a frog wouldn’t want to be kissed by a princess with a smoker’s breath.
Licking your lips is another bad habit that one got to break. When your lips get dry, it can be extremely trying not to lick them. While that might provide some temporary relief, once the saliva dries up, you’ll once again be back to where you started. The trick is to keep those lips well moisturised at all times before the dryness set in. Keep your lip balm within easy access and choose one with SPF as the lack of melanin in our lips make them all the more susceptible to sun damage.