Did you know: Our lips can be one of the most neglected parts of our body when it comes to skincare. For this reason, we have included seven facts below that might make you pay closer attention to your perfect pout during your daily skincare routine.
1. Our lips grow thinner as we grow older!
The natural production of collagen decreases as we grow older, and since collagen is a vital protein, one of its functions is to give shape to the lips. The reduced production of collagen means lips begin losing their natural plumpness.
2. Lips do not sweat!
The skin on lips do not contain sweat glands, and since these glands play a crucial role in moisturising skin, lips dry out faster than any other part of the body. Therefore, it is important to keep them nourished and moisturised throughout the day!
3. Lips do not excrete protective oils.
Along with no sweat glands, lips also do not secrete protective oils. This means that lips, are more exposed to external elements such as the cold, wind and UV rays. The only way to protect lips from these natural elements is by providing them with a protective layer using lip balms and moisturisers. Our Nimue Hydro Lip Therapy are the perfect solutions!
4. Lips appear darker because we can see the blood capillaries
Lips appear darker and are given their reddish hue because we can see the blood capillaries that lie under the mucus membrane. Since the skin on our lips only has between 3-6 layers of cells in comparison to the 16 layers found in other parts of the skin, they are more transparent.
5. No pair of lips are the same
Lips are as unique as fingerprints; you will never find two people with identical lip impressions!
6. Lips are one of the most sensitive organs in the body
They have over a million nerve-endings, but they do not have any form or defensive membrane for protection. This sensitivity to touch or tactile senses, is why toddlers and babies tend to explore new things by touching them with their lips!
7. Lip balm with UV protection can help prevent cancer
Lip cancer is more prevalent in males than in females, studies show this is because the use of lipstick and lip balm are more prominent for women. Our Kalahari Soothing Lips includes Caster oil and Mongonogo oil. The natural fatty acids and lipids found in the botanical oils nourish dry, chapped lips protecting them from harmful UV rays.