by Dr. Jennifer Caudle, Family Physician
This is the season for love and romance! As a physician, I know that love and affection are not only healthy for the heart, but the mind as well. One of the classic ways to show affection is through the kiss. What part of the anatomy is crucial to the kiss? The LIPS!
Too often, the lips are a forgotten part of the body. We often take care of our skin, are joints and muscles, brain and other body parts…but we forget the lips. It’s important to tend to our lips- this will keep them healthy and soft- keys to a great KISS! Here are 5 tips to having the best lips (and kiss) ever:
1) Stay moisturized. Wear lip balm or moisturizing lipstick to keep your lips supple and soft- SOFT lips are important! Tell me, who wants to kiss dry, cracked lips? Exactly. No one. Keep ‘em moisturized- and this goes for you too, men. Moisturized lips will lead to soft lips!
2) Wear SPF on your Lips. Make sure your lip balm has a broad spectrum sunscreen in it; this is important because skin cancers can occur on the lips. In addition, the sun can cause or exacerbate chapped lips.(If you are unclear about the problems with chapped or cracked lips, see #1)
3) Don’t lick your lips. Do you lick your lips excessively? When you get nervous, stumped, or excited?? If you do, it’s time to stop. Licking your lips can cause them to get dry and cause chapping. Fight the habit!
4) Embrace Humidity. Winter air can be drying, which in turn, can cause dry skin and dry lips. Keep the air in your home slightly humid (use a humidifier, for example) – this will add moisture and help keep your skin and lips hydrated.
5) Protect your lips! Remember, your lips are just as important as every other body part! Keep your lips protected- especially in this harsh winter weather (windy, cold days)- by covering your lips with a scarf to avoid getting damaged!
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Dr. Caudle is a board-certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. She appears regularly on television as a media expert and appears regularly on CBS Philadelphia News, Fox News, CNN, The Dr. Oz Show, HuffPostLive, Doctors Radio (Sirius) and others. Visit at www.jennifercaudle.com, and follow her on twitter/Instagram at @drjencaudle. She believes in soft lips and good kisses.