How to Have Moist, Lush Lips
Lush Lips ~
Our lips are one of the most defining features on our face and should be treated with a bit of care and attention.
Regardless of whether you consider your lips to be small, thin, big or thick they are all a facial feature that enhances our natural beauty.
Having luscious lips has seen many a trip to the cosmetic surgeon for lip enhancement through lip augmentation, lip fillers or even a lip lift. There are however, some everyday tips, easy to make products and inexpensive lip cosmetics which will certainly make a difference to your lips.
By following these quick and easy beauty tips you will have smoother, softer, moist lush lips that will enhance their natural radiance. First let’s take a look at some reasons why lips are important and why we have them.
Sophia Loren has Lush Lips
Angelina Jolie Sports Hot Lips
Lips Info ~
- Lips are classed as a visible organ.
- Lips have their own muscles and bordering muscles.
- Found on the mouth of most humans and animals.
- Both lips are movable, protrude on the face and are soft to the touch.
- Lips are needed for eating functions such as holding food, enabling food to pass into the mouth and lips may also be closed to prevent unwanted objects passing through them.
- Babies need lips to breast feed.
- Lips contain nerve endings.
- Lips are of the major tactile sensory organs (touch).
- Lips are extremely reactive and sensitive to touch, heat and cold.
- Lips are important for forming speech and creating different sounds.
- Whistling is possible.
- Playing wind instruments such as the clarinet flute and trumpet.
- Lips show facial expressions such as smiling, pouting and pursed lips.
- They are a major Erogenous Zones.
- Lips play an important role in kissing.
- Lips are a visible sign of fertility. Fuller lips on a woman may be a sign of higher levels of the hormone Estrogen.
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Olive Oil for Skin
Exfoliate the Lips ~
As with all things worth doing right, a bit of preparation is needed.
For the lips this means doing a gorgeous quick sugar lip scrub up to three times a week which is easily made with just a few kitchen cupboard ingredients and will recondition dry lips.
Lips need exfoliating and are often forgotten about or not regarded as an area that needs looking after. Not until we get dry lips or cracked lips and then chapped lips particularly in the cold weather, do we think of doing something about it.
Dead skin cells accumulate on the lips and need removing to maintain a healthy supply of new skin cells. If not removed, the lips will appear sluggish, uneven and dry making any lipstick, lip gloss or lip balm pointless in applying.
A simple recipe to make a lip scrub is to use brown sugar and a drop of water, mix together and apply to the lips with small circular movements. Rinse off well and pat the lips dry. Another tip which will add moisture is to rub some mango pulp into the lips and rinse off.
Another handy tip I often use is an old sterilized toothbrush. Run it under a warm water tap and gentle exfoliate the lips. Gently being the operative word or you will be left with raw, irritated or even bleeding lips.
As a rule use the quick toothbrush method before any lipstick, lip balm or lip gloss application for the perfect puckers. Handy to carry a travel size one in the handbag for the reapplications at work or out socializing.
You could also use the toothbrush dipped in a little amount of honey, jojoba oil, coconut oil, apricot kernel oil or olive oil which will soften as you exfoliate!
For more homemade skin care recipes using these great ingredients, check out olive oil moisturizer, jojoba oil anti-wrinkle solution, cocoa butter and jojoba skin products and honey in bath and spa treatments, all of which are using simple but effective ingredients.
8 glasses a day
Drink Enough Water ~
If you tend to have dry skin, chances are your lips will be dehydrated too.
Drinking water we all know to be vital for our health and also for our skin.
If you struggle to drink enough (I do particularly in the winter months) try making cucumber spa water which is quick tasty and full of natural goodness.
Keep a jug full in the fridge and drink a glass with every meal plus a few in-between to keep your lips soft, supple, moist and lush!
Chapped lips are often a sign of dehydration so remember to increase your fluid intake.
DIY bling for lush lips from Jamie Brock
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Excellent Easy Lip Balm Recipes
Cheap Lipstick ~
Cheap branded lipsticks are often very drying on the lips and you are better to choose a good moisturizing lipstick.
If you find your lipstick or lipsticks are all quite drying, try adding a tiny bit of Vaseline to them on the back of your hand and apply with a lip brush. Quality makeup at affordable prices is out there if you shop around.
Luscious Lip Gloss ~
Every girl loves her lip gloss which enhances the lips and it certainly packs a punch for the moist lips look.
Ever since the makeup guru Max Factor brought lip gloss to the movies and then the masses of fans, lip gloss has been a favourite cosmetic product for millions of women.
Making your own lip gloss is something you may never have considered but they are easy, cheap and make great gift ideas. If lemon appeals to you try making a citrus flavoured lip gloss. For a fun activity using several old blush or nearly finished lipsticks, try a layered lip gloss and for some candy girl fun, candy flavour lip gloss won’t disappoint in the lush lips department.
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Dos & Don’ts ~
Don’t keep licking your lips; it will only cause your lips to become drier.
Don’t smile with chapped lips until you have put on some lip balm, chapstick or Vaseline. Keep one in your bag, briefcase or in the car so you are always prepared.
Do wear red lippy if you want to have hot, glamorous and sexy lips. Remember, red is a high maintenance color to wear and needs touching up and reapplying to keep it looking totally lush and liplicious!
Do use a lip moisturizer. Some natural options are jojoba oil, coconut oil, apricot kernel oil, and olive oil. These are used in a tiny amount as a little goes a long way. Even a Q-tip dipped into the oil and applied to the lips will be sufficient and great to do morning and night.
Olive oil you may find works better for night as it is a heavier oil.
A couple of other ideas are to use a little of your eye cream or one of the best all round creams is the legendary Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream which is a wonderful beauty rescue product in many Make Up Artists kit, including my own.
Petroleum jelly or Vaseline works great as a lip balm and moisturizer all in one.
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