Let’s take a look at some fun and useful facts about lips

Everyone has lips. And if you try to imagine your face without them you will realize just how silly you look. Lips come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are bigger, some are smaller and some are perfectly plump. Some are incredibly kissable and some, unfortunately, are not. However, lips are a lot more complex than just how they look. They are unique and beneficial to us. Just think, if we didn’t have them, how would we talk, eat, whistle, sip through a straw, or yes, kiss?

Here are some of my favorite fun facts about the lips.

Let’s start with kissing.
The lips have more than a million different nerve endings, which makes them one of the most sensitive parts of the body. They’re actually 100 times more sensitive than the tips of our fingers. Hence, why kissing is so fun!

The beauty of Cupid’s Bow.
The double curve of our upper lip, or the two highest points closest to the bottom of our nose, is affectionately called a Cupid’s Bow because it resembles just that. Cupid, as most of us know, is the god of love, affection and attraction. When it comes to the lips, the Cupid’s Bow is considered very attractive. And who doesn’t want to get hit by one of cupid’s arrows?

Red and pink are the colors of love.
Healthy lips have a rosy red or pinkish hue. The skin on our lips is incredibly thin and has only three to six layers of cells, whereas the rest of the body has 16 layers. Because of this, we are able to see the capillaries or blood vessels beneath, which throw off red and pink tones. Of course, the lighter the skin the more pronounced the color. Now there are some studies that suggest the redder the lips the more attractive they are. Hmmm…is this why the lipstick industry is such a moneymaker? Perhaps.

Our lips never sweat and are pimple free!
That’s right, our lips do not have any sweat glands or oil glands so they don’t perspire and they won’t break out. This makes them even more kissable. The only downside is that because lips don’t have protective oils, they can easily get dry, flaky, chapped and irritated. This makes lip balm a must for many people.

Our lips need sunscreen.
Unfortunately, our lips are incredibly susceptible to sun damage. In fact, they are more prone to damage than any other part of the body. Our lips need daily UVA/UVB protection, just like the rest of our skin. They are often a common spot for skin cancer to occur. So apply, apply and reapply throughout the day.

Thin or plump?
As we age, our lips grow thinner and thinner. Don’t believe me? Just look at a picture of yourself when you were really young. You will see what I’m talking about. Aging causes our collagen production to decrease and it’s collagen that gives our lips their shape and plumpness. Thankfully, there are lip-plumping products for those who want a little more oomph in their lips.

Lips express emotions.
We all know this, but it’s pretty cool when you think about it. Our lips can tell someone if we are happy through a smile or sad through a frown. They can even tell someone when we are annoyed through our pursed lips and in shock and awe through our open mouth. Our lips are the perfect communicator even before we start talking.

And my favorite fun fact about the lips…
Our lips are totally unique to just us. Like our fingerprints, no two-lip prints are exactly alike. How cool is that?

To keep your lips in their most kissable condition, here are a few tips.

• Always protect your lips by wearing lip balm and sunscreen. This will help keep them soft and smooth.
• Exfoliate your lips to keep them looking more youthful. Some people scrub their lips with a toothbrush. I prefer to use a facial scrub on my lips – I make my own with a bit of honey and a pinch of sugar. It not only helps to remove dead skin, it also tastes great. And honey is a natural skin hydrator.
• Drink plenty of water to keep lips hydrated. If your lips feel dry resist the urge to lick them. This only creates a vicious cycle that worsens the condition.
• Coconut oil is a great way to hydrate your lips naturally. Just a tiny dab on the lips before bedtime will do the trick.

I hope these fun facts about lips are as entertaining to you as they are to me. Now don’t forget to keep those lips kissable!

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter – Director, Worldwide Outer Nutrition Education and Training at Herbalife. Discover the Herbalife SKIN® line here.