So much time and effort is spent treating and preventing skin concerns on the face and body, but what about the lips? Lips may get frequently sidelined leading the delicate tissue of our lips susceptible to chronic dryness, flakiness, UV damage, and more potential issues. Whether it's the harsh effects of changing weather, dehydration, or simply neglect, your lips deserve the same level of attention and care as the rest of your body.
We sat down with renowned board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Marisa Garshick, about all things pertaining to lip rejuvenation and the benefits of incorporating our latest innovation at RescueMD, Restorative Lip Treatment, into your lip care regimen. Stay tuned to learn more about lip health and common concerns and how our Restorative Lip Treatment can help you achieve pillowy soft, hydrated, and rejuvenated lips.
How Are Lips Different From The Skin On The Rest Of The Body?
Since the lip does not have the same oil glands that are present on the rest of the face, the lips can dry out more quickly. Additionally, the lips are thinner than the rest of the skin and as a result can be more susceptible to external trauma, injury, dryness and irritation. Furthermore, as we age, the lips tend to lose volume and fullness. The lips may also show signs of cumulative UV exposure.
What Are Some Of The Most Common Concerns Regarding Lips That You Hear From Your Patients?
Some common concerns related to the lips relate to chapped, dry or cracked lips, sunburns involving the lips, chronic sun damage and loss of volume and fullness. Some individuals may also experience an allergic or irritant contact dermatitis to external factors that come into contact with the skin.
Restorative Lip Treatment User before application and immediately after application.
What Causes These Concerns To Occur?
Dry, chapped, cracked lips: The lips can become more chapped in colder temperatures as a result of decreased humidity and harsh winds, and because the lips are a particularly sensitive area, they may be more susceptible to dryness than some other parts of the body. Licking your lips can actually be irritating to the lips, because while the saliva can feel temporarily moisturizing, it can actually be drying and strip the lips of some natural moisture. Additionally, saliva is comprised of various enzymes and components that can actually be irritating to the lips.
Flakiness: The lips can experience a build up of dead skin so similar to other parts of the body, it may help to occasionally exfoliate to get rid of the build up of dead skin cells.
Sunburnt and UV damaged lips: The lips, just like the rest of the face, are commonly exposed to the sun and can experience changes related to UV exposure. This can appear as immediate sun damage in the form of a sunburn or chronic sun damage overtime causing the lips to appear dry and flaky in a condition known as actinic cheilitis.
Loss of volume/fullness: As we age, we lose volume and moisture in our lips. As with the rest of our skin, levels of hyaluronic acid and collagen decreases as we age, which causes us to lose volume in our lips. Cumulative sun exposure over time can also cause the lips to thin.
Lines/wrinkles: As we age the cumulative, UV exposure and loss of volume and collagen contribute to fine lines and wrinkles involving the lips and the surrounding area.
Irritant or allergic contact dermatitis: Additionally the lips come into contact with various irritating factors including saliva, food, toothpaste, ingredients in lipsticks or certain lip balms, which can also contribute.
Restorative Lip Treatment applied to lips multiple times a day after broadband light treatment (BBL) complications
Why Is It Important To Pay Attention To Lip Health And Treat Your Lips With Products That Are Designed With Lip Rejuvenation In Mind?
Because the lips are more delicate than other parts of the body, they require more attention and care. It is important to always remember to apply sunscreen to the lips and to regularly apply hydrating products like the RescueMD Restorative Lip Treatment to help boost moisture, and provide a protective barrier against external irritants. Because the lips come into contact with lots of different external factors, there is a greater risk of allergy and irritation, so it is best to apply a product that helps to provide an occlusive barrier, like the RescueMD Restorative Lip Treatment.
What Makes RescueMD Restorative Lip Treatment A Great Choice For Everyday Lip Care Or For Use After An Aesthetic Procedure For The Lips?
The RescueMD Restorative Lip Treatment contains key ingredients that make it a great choice for everyday lip care or even for use after an aesthetic procedure for the lips. It uses proprietary lapachol that helps support recovery post-aesthetic procedure or damage to delicate lip tissue. Containing nourishing antioxidants like vitamin E, it helps to support moisture retention and nourishes and softens the lips. The Restorative Lip Treatment also contains plumping moisturizers that provide essential hydration to the lip. It’s formulated with a blend of ceramides and occlusive ingredients that work to not only draw moisture in but also seal moisture into the lips for a smooth, full look. The peptides trigger collagen production within delicate lip tissue that helps strengthen and replace lost volume for a more youthful appearance.
This product is especially great as it won’t cause irritation. The formula is delivered through a ceramic applicator that cools and soothes the lip upon application, which makes application and reapplication easy and enjoyable.
The best way to apply the Restorative Lip Treatment is to apply a small amount to lips in the AM & PM and as needed. For daily use, If you’re using a lip SPF that’s a cream, lotion or balm formula, apply Restorative Lip Treatment after SPF. If your SPF is a gloss formula, apply Restorative Lip Treatment before.
I love using the Restorative Lip Treatment as part of my daily routine to keep my lips feeling hydrated and refreshed. It is easy-to-apply, won’t leave the lips feeling greasy and is great for on-the-go.
Meet Dr. Marisa Garshick
Dr. Marisa Garshick is a Board Certified Dermatologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medicine. Stay up to date with Dr. Garshick and MDCS: Medical Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Center on Instagram. Visit MDCS’s website to learn more or to book an appointment with Dr. Garshick in New York City or Englewood, NJ.
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