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5 Causes of Dry Lips and How to Care for Them

Destiny Faithe

Everyone wants kissable lips that look beautiful, but feel supple too. Unfortunately, dry lips are a real problem. Dry lips tend to feel uncomfortable in the early stages. If they don’t receive moisturization, they can crack, causing stinging sensations and even exposure to infection.

According to the Dermatology Review, the reason lips dry out quickly is because the skin is very thin. They also don’t contain sebaceous glands so they can’t hydrate themselves with naturally-produced oils. The lips are very exposed, which is why they are susceptible to several dry lips causes. So, to protect and moisturize them, they need some special care.

Here are five common causes of dry lips and our top tips to establish good lip hydration:

1.     Exposure to the elements

Many of nature’s conditions can be drying to the lips. The sun, wind, cold and dry weather can all contribute to moisture being sapped from your skin, especially the lips which are always exposed.

Tip: For general protection from the elements apply a calming lip balm every day. Co-Pur Lip Balm contains moisturizing ingredients like coconut oil and organic shea butter to condition and provide moisture. The addition of beeswax allows the moisture to be sealed in naturally. Use lip balm as part of your daily skin care routine and apply it more regularly when your lips are feeling extra dry. It’s perfect for when you fly! In fact, Co-Pur Lip Balm is even a Viva Glam top pick for travel.

2.     Toothpaste and cosmetic products

According to Neil Sadick M. D., a clinical professor of dermatology, chapping can be caused by using toothpastes with a less-hydrating base. Toothpastes often contain the foaming agent sodium lauryl sulfate, which can be irritating and drying to the lips.

Tip: Natural or sensitive toothpaste formulas tend to be more hydrating. If you have persistently dry lips, it’s a good idea to try a new toothpaste.

3.     Biting and licking the lips

When the lips feel dry already it can be instinctual to lick them in an attempt to rehydrate them. Unfortunately, this has the opposite effect. While it can seem to be providing momentary relief, saliva will actually dry them out further.

Tip: Habits are always a bit tricky to break, but you’ll see significant improvement if you stop licking and biting your lips.

4.     Dehydration

Our whole body depends on water for hydration and the lips are no different.

Tip: Ensure you sip on plenty of water throughout the day, as the small amount that lingers on your lips can help to moisturize them.

5.     Mouth breathing

Breathing through the mouth rather than the nose causes your mouth to dry out, as well as your lips. You might breathe through your mouth when you sleep, but having a cold is also a common time to have this issue.

Tip: All the tips we’ve mentioned so far are essential to follow for dry lips care, but when you are having difficulty breathing through your nose, it’s particularly important to apply soothing lip balm for hydration routinely.

Want to know more? Visit our blog to discover more tips for soothing dry skin, naturally.

 

 

None of your Beeswax

Amber Frase

What do you think of when you hear the word bee? Most people right off the bat would say honey. Maybe others would think about flowers and crops, and how bees are responsible for pollinating our favorite ones. At Co-Pur, the first thing that comes to mind is beeswax!

Beeswax has been used for many centuries, whether it was to create lifelike paintings in ancient Egypt or create candles in the 6th and 7th century in Germany. Nowadays beeswax still has many uses, from making candles and cosmetics, to wood fillers and polishes.

Beeswax is made by honey bees to form honeycomb cells. There they store a surplus of honey that they have produced for the winter or use it to raise their young. People who raise bees, take these honeycombs, drain the honey, and then melt down the beeswax and refine it. 

Beeswax has many benefits for attaining healthy skin. First off, when applied to skin beeswax creates a protective boundary, which helps retain moisture. Beeswax also can be very soothing for those with extremely dry itchy skin. For example, this past winter I had a severe case of dry skin on the back of my calf. I was applying a water based lotion and it was doing nothing to relieve it. Then I started using one of Co-Pur's Body Balms that contains beeswax, and within three days the dry itchy patch had completely cleared up.

If that wasn't enough to convince you of beeswax's goodness, did I forget to mention that it is also a good source of vitamin A and that it's antibacterial?

We currently use beeswax in our Hand Balms, Body Balms and Lip Balms. 

 

 

 

 

Cut this, Add that

Amber Frase

If there is one thing you need to know about me, it's that I love food. A deep passionate love. I really enjoy discovering new cuisines! Who doesn't love a good dish? However, there have been numerous studies on how our diet can affect our skin, both in good and bad ways!  So if your skin needs a little pick me up, consider adding or cutting out these foods.

Oily Skin Types:

Consider cutting out refined grains such as white bread or instant rice. Refined grains tend to lose fiber and other nutrients during processing and have a high glycemic index. 

Instead, try adding whole grains such as quinoa or brown rice.

Dry Skin Types:

Try adding fatty fishes such as trout, salmon and tuna. They contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which helps your skin keep in moisture. Don't like fish? Try some yummy avocados!

Acne Prone Skin Types:

Consider cutting back on refined sugars. Notice the phrase "cutting back" was used and not "cutting out", because let's be real, sometimes all we want is a slice of chocolate cake. However, depending on your intake of sugar, you could be spiking up your blood sugar levels. Which has been linked to breakouts.

So try skipping that sugary beverage and substituting for some good ole fashioned H2O. Or even skip the morning breakfast pastry for some fresh fruit

Banishing Wrinkles:

Consider cutting down on alcohol. Alcohol dehydrates your skin, so it will appear to look less fresh and plump.

Instead, try adding more antioxidants into your system, such as blueberries. Antioxidants help fight free radicals that damage your skin and cause visible signs of aging. Blueberries are chalk full  of antioxidants, so go on and pop those suckers in!

For All Skin Types:

Drink more water!!! 

Hope this was helpful to everyone. If you liked this post be sure to share it with your friends or comment with your own skin boosting foods!

 

 

A Co-Pur Experiment

Amber Frase

A while back I wrote an article called "Summer 'Must Haves'" and made a list of our Co-Pur products that really stood out in performance. One in particular was the Co-Pur, Makeup Remover & Moisturizer. I love this product.  I love this product so much that I decided to dedicate a whole post to it and share some of my recent experiences with it. Some that I think you would find interesting.

I'll start with a personal story. I struggle with acne, acne scars, oily skin, dry skin, you name it, my skin probably suffers from it. For this reason I have tried many different skin care systems to help alleviate, well, any of it. One night I was doing my nightly skin routine, when I ran out of my face lotion. Which was a pretty big dilemma since my skin felt so dry, I thought if I made any facial movements my whole face would crack in two. That dry. I began to search through my medicine cabinet and my eyes fell upon Pure Moisture. A product that I used regularly to take off my make-up. Desperate, and as crazy as it seemed to put pure oil on my face especially since I have terrible acne, I applied it on my face. I went to bed and woke up the next morning not thinking anything about it.

However, something really magical had happened overnight. When I looked in the mirror the next day, my skin looked nothing less than of amazing. My skin was hydrated, it had great color to it, and my face looked like it was glowing. My acne hadn't necessarily cleared up but it was visibly less irritated and seemed to have dulled. My skin felt soft and smooth.

This was so surprising, until I did some research on what was in it.

Pure Moisture contains a formula blend of grape seed oil and vitamin E. Grape seed oil actually contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, and explains the change in my skin! It can also help tighten skin and close up pores, which again explains why my skin looked smoother. Vitamin E, I discovered, helps to block free radicals that cause skin damage. So my acne scars that have accumulated in those trouble spots appeared to have dulled in redness.

So the next night, I did it again, and same results the next morning.  (Keep in mind that I used this in very small doses.)

I made no dietary changes, I didn't change my skin care routine, and I was having normal sleeping patterns. It would be interesting to see if I made some better lifestyle changes while still using Pure Moisture like I have to see what results I would get.

While Co-Pur hasn't advertised Pure Moisture in this light, I thought it was worth mentioning my experience with it, and it will definitely be something I will look further into.

Until again,

Amber

 

Summer "Must Haves"

Amber Frase

We know that as the consumer you want to get the most bang for your buck, we get it! Our company motto is to help our customers have a great experience and to help them feel great with refreshed looking skin! We at Co-Pur, believe in all of our products and each product has helped us out personally! We have been asked many times on which ones are our favorites and it's hard to choose just one. 

However, there is a couple products that we and our customers love for summer!

 

 Co-Pur Makeup Remover
& Moisturizer

I personally love and use this product every single day.  Do you know what makes it so great? It's all natural. You don't have to worry about any funky oils you're putting on your face, like you might with other removers. It has Grapeseed Oil and Vitamin E which are amazing for your skin! All 100% natural. Once you try it, you'll never go back, trust me. Here's  the link to check it out!

 

 

Tea Tree Soap

Our second Co-Pur favorite is our  Cool Tea Tree Soap. This product is great because after every use it leaves your skin feeling clean, tingly, refreshed and moisturized.

Facial Scrub and Mask

That's right folks this is a two-in-one product. If you are looking for a light exfoliation this is the ideal product for you. It leaves your skin softer, brighter andlooking radiant. Check it out here!

 

 

Lip Balm

Our Lip Balm is amazing! Not that we are tooting our own horn, but we at Co-Pur believe this to be true. We refer our Lip Balm to "cooling soft moisture" because it does just that. It soothes dry lips and leaves just a hint of peppermint behind. Perfect to carry on your person and, again, it's all natural. 

So there you have it! We do love each and every one of our products. Do you have any Co-Pur must haves? If so, we would love to hear your thoughts, so let us know by leaving a comment!