Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Upper Lip Care

It’s easy to pay attention to the main areas of our face when it comes to anti-aging, but what about the forgotten areas like the upper lip? This part of the face ages just like the rest of the skin and because of its delicate location, we often take for granted that this area is fine without special treatment. That couldn’t be further from the truth. If you thought crow’s feet around your eyes are a nightmare to get rid of, imagine the damage deep wrinkles can do to your complexion once they’ve attacked your upper lip!

Many people don’t think twice about their upper lip until it’s too late. Prevent unnecessary treatments for wrinkles in the upper lip area by practicing good skin care habits daily. Treat this part of your face with just as much care and consideration as you would any other part of your face or body.

The upper lip area mostly comes into play when it comes to hair removal, since this area is often the target of unwanted facial hair. There are many options of hair removal that can be used but it’s also important to know which one will work best for your skin. Getting rid of the hair is one thing, but maintaining the health of your upper lip is another. For people with sensitive skin, the upper lip is just as prone to bad skin reactions to chemicals and certain treatments. Depilatories can be messy and often don’t completely remove the hair. If you’re thinking about going down this route, do a patch test first to see how your skin reacts.

Shaving and plucking should be avoided since these two methods can be very harsh on the upper lip area, not to mention the possibility of cutting yourself with the razor. The upper lip area is too sensitive for the daily aggression shaving provides. Waxing appears to be the best method for unwanted hair in this area. To get the best results, get your upper lip waxed professionally in a salon and treat the area afterwards with a soothing cream or applying a warm towel to the area to calm the skin.

Moisturize your upper lip area on a daily basis. Many people have the bad habit of applying their facial moisturizer or other facial products to everywhere but the upper lip area. This part of the face needs attention as well, so don’t leave it out in the cold. Sunscreen should always be applied to the upper lip whenever you step out into the sun to avoid UV damage. Apply lip balm to the upper lip area as well as your lips, especially if it contains SPF and moisturizing agents such as aloe vera. You may feel weird while doing it, but even this small step can keep your upper lip area soft, smooth and free of fine lines and wrinkles.

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