Our lips do a lot for us, from allowing us to produce sounds, express emotions and kiss the ones that we love. Want to know something crazy about kissing a potential love interest? Since the skin on our lips is so thin, kissing is how we also share key DNA information to see if we’re a true match. That’s just how different the skin on our lips are compared to the rest of our body, it’s so that DNA can be transferred! On top of that, our lips have numerous nerve endings and play an important role for evolutionary and personal reasons.
All in all, there isn’t another part of our body that shares the same skin structure as our lips. Though all skin is composed of three layers, our lips are much different. With all that being said, since your lips are so unique when compared to the rest of the skin on your body, they do need a little extra love and care.
Now, let’s talk a little bit more about just how our lips are different, starting at square one and what the three layers of the skin are…
The Stratum Corneum: This layer is a thin, protective layer that is essentially composed of dead skin cells.
The Epidermis: This is your skin’s middle layer which is responsible for producing new cells. It also produces melanocytes, which are the cells responsible for producing melanin (what is responsible for giving our skin its colour, while also protecting us from UV rays).
The Dermis: This is your deepest layer of your skin which is where sweat glands and hair follicles are located.
- At the bottom of this article we’ve included a quick glossary in case you’re wondering what anything means. The words included in the glossary will be italicized.
Now that you hold the knowledge of the skin’s layers, we’re ready to move onto our second lesson. We can all notice that our lips look different from the rest of our skin, because they’re a different colour or shade. This is thanks to the combination of the thin stratum corneum (the thinner layer of our skin) and the lack of melanin in the lips. This allows underlying red blood vessels and capillaries to be more visible. All of this leads to our lips being a different colour or shade compared to the rest of the skin on our bodies.
On top of this, the lack of melanin and thinner skin also makes our lips more susceptible to sun spots and cellular damage. This is why it’s so important to care for our lips and ensure we’re using a lip treatment (like our Lip Colour Serum or Night Lip Serum) to assist in repair. Think that’s it? Unfortunately, it’s not. Our lips also have zero sweat glands, hair follicles or sebaceous glands. All of these factors are absolutely essential when it comes to both protecting and moisturizing the skin on our body. So, as you can imagine, your lips are prone to dryness and chapping (which isn’t surprising since we all experience it).
Fun fact, the only natural source of protection your lips have is saliva, which isn’t very effective at preventing dry, cracked and painful lips – and this is why we need to give them some extra TLC.
What do healthy lips look like? They’re the dream we all have – soft and plump. The good news is, there’s a few ways you can keep them looking like this and even bring them back to their youthful density! Nope, we’re not joking, it is possible. You can do this by protecting your lips from UV rays using a wide brimmed hat, eating a well-balanced diet and treating your lips to a nourishing serum.
This is where our Lip Colour Serums enter the chat.
These lip serums contain vegetable collagen and plant antioxidants that focus on working together to make your lips look fuller, healthier and they even help in regaining a youthful appearance. So, not only do you apply a gorgeous colour to your lips with the Lip Colour Serums, you’re also providing them with a proven, evidence-based treatment.
Your lips deserve the best care they can get with products that feed them the nutrients they crave. That means looking for products that give you beautiful colours and shades you’re looking for while doing your lips a favour all day long. That’s why now, we’re going to take you on a deeper dive into the key ingredients of the Lip Colour Serums so you can understand why it works and how it works.
What’s that? The Organic Plump Complex
Derived of organic phospholipids that are dispersed in a biomimetic certified organic formula this organic pump complex works hard to shape your skin the way you want it. What all those fancy words mean is that when this complex is applied to your skin the water loving (hydrophilic) portions of the phospholipids will naturally migrate towards similar environments where they then assemble into a multi-vesicular system. Thanks to this, the moisture in our skin causes these vesicles to swell which results in plumper lips and minimizing the appearance of lines. This is why it’s so essential to also keep our lips moisturized.
The vesicles we’re talking about penetrate the stratum corneum (the top layer of our skin) and bind with the moisture that’s there which means they can inhibit trans-epidermal water loss (or TWEL) to increase hydration. What is that and why does it matter? TEWL is the internal loss of water through the skin and it’s critical when it comes to prevent this from happening as it’ll lead to dehydration, dryness and uneven texture. This phospholipid bilayer is so important to the cell’s ability to function, helping lips stay hydrated and full even after the lip serum is removed for a long-term hydration and overall improvement.
Vegetable What? Vegetable Collagen
We’ve all heard about collagen before, and you may already know that it’s truly fundamental when it comes to maintaining the structural makeup of humans, which is why it’s one of the most essential fibrous proteins out there. You can find collagen in most major elements of the skin, bones and cartilage. It forms insoluble fibres of high tensile strength that provide resistance and offer an elastic force over the skin.
We know that probably sounded like quite the mouthful but the bottom line is, as a skincare ingredient, it’s key when it comes to keeping our skin healthy and youthful. It’s created by fibroblasts, which are cells found in the dermal layer of the skin, and are responsible for the production of collagen, elastin and fibronectin. Collectively, these three proteins serve as structural support in your skin. Fibroblasts also incorporate collagen within the cells and release it through exocytosis, which is the dispersion of molecules through the cell membrane. Once outside of the cell, collagen then self-assembles and creates the strong structure that is found in our skin.
Talk about a superhero ingredient! Now you know exactly why it’s so essential in skincare.
What The Pom? Pomegranate Sterols
You probably see us talking about moisture a lot and especially retaining moisture. Well, pomegranate sterols are one of the key ingredients in the Lip Colour Serum for a reason – and it all comes down to moisture.
This powerful ingredient naturally repairs and replenishes your skin’s moisture barrier making it an excellent all-natural and botanical alternative to lanolin since it can hold 200% of its water weight! Not only that, but it has a low coefficient of absorption which means it protects against trans=epidermal water loss (TEWL).
When it comes to pomegranate sterols, there was a 4-week study done using a high-resolution skin imaging ultrasound and it found that the ingredient improved skin density by 29% after 24 hours and by 44% after 4 weeks when compared to those in the untreated control group.
So, in case you’re still wondering why we have pomegranate sterols in our Lip Colour Serums, on top of all the reasons we just mentioned the ingredient is oil soluble and gives a beautiful gloss to the formula that’s good for you too.
That Purple Thing? Organic Beet Extract
Rich in polysaccharides and sugars, beets can be used to effectively moisturize the skin. In addition to polysaccharides forming a film to lock in moisture, beet sugars draw moisture from the air close to the skin right where we need it most.
Phyto-compounds in the root can also enhance cell renewal which helps our skin feel soft and smooth. Beets also contain other key compounds such as Omega-3, which can deliver anti-inflammatory benefits. Beet is also rich in anthocyanins and betalain beet roots can also act as potent antioxidants in skincare applications. This is used to prevent damage caused by free radicals and reactive oxygen species. Given that beets provide countless nutritious properties it’s no wonder the root has traditionally been regarded as a ‘panacea’ or ‘elixir of life’ that cures diseases and prolongs life.
What did that mean? The Glossary
Melanin - the pigment that gives your skin, hair and eyes the colour that they are.
Capillaries - a very fine blood vessel that branches from a network.
Sebaceous glands - these glands secrete oily and wax-like matter that’s used to waterproof the skin.
Phospholipids - a class of substances that are a huge component to all of our cell membranes.
Phospholipid (lipid) bilayer - a thin membrane made of two layers of molecules.
Lanolin - a wax secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals.
Polysaccharides - a type of carbohydrate.
Phyto‐compounds - a wide variety of compounds that occur naturally in plants
Anthocyanins - This is found in a number of natural foods, and are responsible for the pigments that give red, purple, and blue plants their rich colouring.
Betalains - a class of red and yellow pigments found in plants, where they replace anthocyanin.
Free radicals - toxic byproducts of oxygen metabolism which can cause damage to your body.
Reactive oxygen species - plays an important role in your body, and in times of environmental stress which includes UV exposure, these level can grow quite high and could end up damaging cell structures.
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