BEAUTY & WELLNESS
Curated collection of articles and recommendations for your beauty and wellness essentials.
By: Fola Onifade
Typically, we think of dry, chapped lips as a winter issue to be dealt with in the frigid months of the year. But, things have been different in 2020, and there’s a new potential irritant that may be causing your lips to dry out: face masks. Taking care of your lips is an overlooked part of our skin routines, but finding a good lip scrub will keep your puckers healthy and moist all year round, face mask or not.
What's a Lip Scrub and Why Do You Need It?
The absolute best way to prevent chapped lips is to hydrate and exfoliate. First, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. And after you’ve checked that box, throw our Shea + Sugar Lip Polish into your cart before you check out so you can say goodbye to flaky skin and chapped lips forever!
But what’s a lip scrub anyway? Lip scrubs are a combination of emollients and exfoliants that together, moisturize and smooth out the skin on your lips. An emollient is a hydrating base that’s usually made from plant seed butters. Think shea butter or jojoba oil. Emollients check that hydration box we talked about, making your lips moist and supple.
Exfoliants wipe away dead skin and come in either a physical or chemical form. In lip scrubs, sugar is the most popular exfoliant because it is granular enough to remove dead skin particles, but gentle enough to be used on the body.
This product right here is a keeper. I use it this morning and my lips are extremely smooth, soft, and feel great. - Vanessa R.
Lipstick Lover or Not, Chapped Lips Are a No-No
Whether you’re a lipstick lover or a girl who just likes to throw some lip balm on and call it a day, you need to exfoliate! Even if you’ve never bought a tube of lipstick ever, dry and chapped lips cause the skin on your lips to flake and peel, making it difficult for your lip balm to penetrate your skin. Use an exfoliator to give your lips the best chance of absorbing as much moisture as possible.
Lipstick lovers, throw our Shea + Sugar Polish in your cart too! A popping red lip over some balm is not enough to smooth over dry skin or mask flakes. If you want to get the most out of your favorite lipstick colors, incorporate a lip scrub into your skincare routine. When skin flakes disappear and your lips are smooth, your lipstick will shine to its full potential. You can say goodbye to gaps in your lip color and stained teeth!
I love this lip polish. I use it in the shower after washing my face. So because of having to wear a face mask all the time and everywhere, this helps keep my lips moisturized. - Kiki C
Love Your Lips & They'll Love You Back
Our lips put up with a lot. Everyday, they’re exposed to our breath and our saliva, which contains an enzyme that breaks down skin. They also weather the beaming sun, cold temperatures, heat and wind. To have your lips looking and feeling their best, exfoliate them once a week, but be gentle! You don’t want to over exfoliate, and you’ll know if you do because your lips will feel raw and sensitive.
What are you waiting for? We see you picking at your lips over there. Stop that. Rub some goodness on your lips and watch them love you back!
By: Fola Onifade
What is Vitamin D?
When our immune system deteriorates, our skin barriers weaken which can lead to dryness and infection. Similarly, a lack of vitamin D can result in inflammation which can irritate inflammatory skin issues like acne or eczema.
The two main sources of this vitamin in our body come from our diet and our skin when its exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun (UVB). But according to Harvard Health, pigmentation can reduce the skin’s vitamin D production, putting those of us with darker skin at greater risk. So how can we make sure we’re getting enough of this important vitamin?
Vitamin D in Your Diet
To consume your daily recommended intake of vitamin D, pay attention to the foods you eat. The National Institute of Health suggests that the average non-deficient adult should consume 600 International Units (IU) every day. But doing this with food alone can be difficult.
Oily fish and shellfish are natural sources of Vitamin D, but according to Harvard Health you’d need to eat 5-oz of salmon or two 8-oz cans of tuna to get just 400 IU! One egg yolk has a small amount of vitamin D (20 IU), but because of their high levels of cholesterol, eggs are not a realistic source to meet our vitamin D intake. You can also eat certain foods like milk, orange juice, and cereal that have been fortified with vitamin D.
To get your full recommended intake, however, most nutritionists suggest taking a supplement like a daily multivitamin that carries up to 400 IU of your daily suggested vitamin D.
Vitamin D in Skin by Ame’s Hydrating Face Cream
While vitamin D can be found in prescription anti-inflammatory medication like Calcitrene, Dovonex, or Sorilux, the vitamin can also be found in beauty products like oils and moisturizers.
For example, the shea butter that serves as the base for our Hydrating Face Cream is rich with vitamin D. Because of this, our Hydrating Face Cream provides anti-inflammatory relief for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Vitamin D’s function in our immune system also makes the Hydrating Face Cream a helpful solution to acne and itchy or dry skin, which can sometimes be a result of our body’s internal health.
In addition to its anti-inflammatory and immune strengthening properties, the vitamin D found in the Hydrating Face Cream acts as an antioxidant that helps to fight against the free radicals that damage the skin, staving off premature aging. It also helps normalize skin cell turn over to reduce the build up of dead skin cells that can cause psoriasis.
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