When winter arrives each year, I instantly feel the cold chill on my skin and on my lips, which is why I was thrilled when I came across PURE Papaya Lips. Going from extreme temperatures – such as indoor heating and the cold, outdoor wind – can leave our skin in need of some serious nourishment and protection. As the humidity drops, our lips are usually affected first. Simply put, the skin on our lips is thinner than the skin on our bodies. Because our lips don’t have any sebaceous (sweat) glands, our only source of moisture to lips is saliva. This is why it is so important to moisturise, nourish and protect our lips.
As many of you will know, I’m extremely health-conscious and I like to make informed choices about what I put on my body. Many of the lip care products on the market contain a chemical base of petroleum jelly, which doesn’t penetrate or moisturise the lips. Instead, it sits on the surface as a barrier until it’s wiped away or ingested, PURE Papaya Lips, on the other hand, contains papaya that helps to repair and moisturise the skin on our lips. It also contains a natural wax that helps to protect lips from extreme temperatures, shea butter and macadamia oil, which are both known to nourish our lips – without any of the added nasties.
Tips for keeping your lips nourished:
- Stay hydrated: Ensure that you drink at least eight glasses of water each day. If you’re finding it difficult to drink cold water, try sipping on herbal tea or warm water with a squeeze of lemon.
- Protect your lips: This means shielding them from extreme cold, wind or excessive sun.
- Maintain a balanced diet: The state of our skin truly is a reflection of our inner health, so I recommend maintaining a balanced diet that’s rich in wholefoods, protein, healthy fats, fibre and complex carbohydrates.
- Focus on breathing through your nose: If you’re constantly breathing in and out of your mouth, it can lead to increased dryness of the mouth and lips.