The skin of the lips is very thin as it has only three to five cellular layers, as compared to the typical facial skin that can have up to 16 layers. The lips do not contain sweat glands and therefore lack the protective layer of sweat and skin oils that maintain the skin smooth, regulate the temperature and inhibit pathogens. Due to these reasons, lips are more prone to dry out and become chapped.

On the other hand the skin of the lips renews four times faster than the rest of the skin. Therefore, if we apply the correct product, we can repair the lips very rapidly. Lips have a tendency to decrease in size over time (up to 1 mm every 5 years). Consequently it is crucial to take care of the lips to stop this aging process and to preserve the dimensions of the lips.  

We recommend applying only bioavailable ingredients on the lips (ingredients that the human body recognises and you could actually eat). It is important to avoid the application of synthetic fats, petroleum derivatives, hydrogenated fats and waxes (beeswax, lanolin, etc.). These  substances create a layer on top of the lips that creates the sensation of nutrition, but does not nourish the delicate lip skin. A vicious cycle starts by applying this artificial layer to the constantly dry lips.

The ideal products to nourish and protect the lips are the Smooth Addiction balm and the Eye Euphoria oil. Depending on the climate and other factors we recommend the daily application of one of these products and in some cases multiple applications throughout the day will be beneficial. Due to the fast renovation of the skin of the lips, we do not recommend to use peelings on these sensitive areas. If you wear lipstick, we recommend applying previously Smooth Addiction to nourish and protect the lips.

There are many other factors, external and internal, that influence the health of our lips:

EXTERNAL FACTORS

Environmental influences such as extreme temperatures (cold as well as heat) and also abrupt temperature changes as we are experiencing when we change from one season to the next.

Excessive sun exposure, strong wind and high humidity can also negatively affect the skin of the lips and cause dryness and chapped lips.

INTERNAL FACTORS

Fever, infections, allergies, bad digestion, tobacco and alcohol consumption, teeth and gum problems can contribute or cause dry and chapped lips.

Illnesses such as cold, catarrh and the flu can also have a negative impact on our lips. This also applies to certain medications. A lack of good sleep and anxiety (biting the skin of the lips) can lead to dry and chapped lips. An unbalanced hormonal system and problems with the liver are also aggravating factors in case of lip problems.

NUTRITION

A deficiency of certain vitamins such as vitamin D, the A vitamins and the group B vitamins (especially riboflavin) can have a negative effect on the ideal hydration of our skin and our lips.

The balance of the essential fatty acids Omega 3, 6, 7 and 9 is also extremely important for the skin and the lips. A balanced amount of essential fatty acids helps children, adolescents and adults to prevent these deficiencies, along with the risk of chronic illness and dermatological problems, which can become visible on the skin and lips.

VITAMIN D

Vitamin D deficiency is very common in today’s world. People hardly expose themselves to the sun, as they spend most of their time indoors. When going outdoors an increasing number of people apply sunscreen that blocks the synthesis of vitamin D.

During the pandemic the sun exposure has been even less than usual and as a result there is a higher incidence of dermatological problems related to this vitamin D deficiency. 

PREGNANCY

For pregnant or breastfeeding women it is essential to observe the balance of their intake of essential fatty acids. In case of a deficiency this would affect the skin, the lips and also their state of mind. Various studies prove that the foetus can accumulate up to 65 milligrams of Omega 3 per day during the last pregnancy trimester and during the breastfeeding period.