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6 tips to care for and give volume to your lips

In addition to daily hydration, it is very important to exfoliate the lips once a week to eliminate dead cells and regenerate the skin.

The lips are a delicate part of our body that we must take care of to keep them soft, smooth, and hydrated. In addition, if we do it with natural products and massaging them regularly we can also achieve a certain natural volume.

We explain how we should exfoliate, hydrate, massage, and protect them, and we warn about the dangers of using certain lipsticks that contain substances dangerous to our health.

Once a week or every fortnight we can exfoliate, but always gently since it is a very sensitive area and we could irritate it. Peeling helps us regenerate the skin and eliminate dead cells that accumulate in the outer layers.

We will use olive or sesame oil with a little sugar or bicarbonate. We will gently massage the lips, rinse with warm or freshwater and hydrate them well. In this way, while gently exfoliating the lips with the sugar, we are hydrating them with the oil.

It is essential to continuously hydrate our lips, if possible using natural products, and especially after exfoliating, in times of very cold or very dry climates, with a lot of wind, etc.

For this, we will choose lip balms made with cocoa butter, argan oil, beeswax, etc.
We can also make our own homemade lipstick by mixing equal parts of beeswax, cocoa butter, and olive or almond oil.
In addition, we can add a drop of some edible essential oil that we like. For example, we can add and dissolve a drop of ginger, eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon, lavender, or mint essential oil well into the mix.
And if we still want to make it more original, with beet powder we will give it a reddish color. We will put everything in a bain-marie (except essential oils, which we will add when we put out the fire) and let it melt. We will mix it well and we will put it in molds, small bottles, or in empty lipsticks. Once it has cooled it will harden and it is ready to be used.
Lips painted with natural cocoa

To massage our lips we can put them in and tighten them well, while we take the air out of our lungs, and then take them out as much as we can while taking a deep breath.
We can also make them vibrate as if we were saying the letter B, which will provide a pleasant sensation and activate circulation.
We will massage them horizontally with both hands, as if we were cleaning our lips in an exaggerated way, dragging our hands out until we notice a soft tickle.
If we carry out these massages for at least 3 minutes, in a short time we will see how they seem more voluminous.

Solar protection
In summer times, and especially in hours of maximum solar radiation, we usually protect our skin with solar factor but we forget about the lips, which are also a very sensitive part of our body.

In the midday hours, we could use special lip balms with sun factor. We will find them in pharmacies, but try to choose one that does not contain parabens or other toxins for your health.

About lipstick
Most cosmetic products, including personal hygiene products, carry a large number of toxins that, for the moment, are allowed without real restrictions by the European Union.

These toxics are, for the most part, endocrine disruptors that, in addition, would be related to the appearance of cancers and tumors today. And in addition to being worrying because what is applied to our skin enters the body through the pores, it is even more serious when we consider that what we put on our lips we ingest directly.

Some of the most dangerous components are heavy metals, silicones, petroleum derivatives such as liquid paraffin, and preservatives, which accumulate in our body and which in the long run can be the cause of diseases. Furthermore, it is especially harmful to pregnant women and children, since it can be easily absorbed by the fetus.

That is why we recommend using organic lipsticks or that guarantee that they do not contain lead, which is added to them so that the lipstick lasts longer.

Beware of tobacco

Finally, one last tip for smokers. Tobacco, in addition to its negative effects on health and worsening the texture and color of our skin can also cause the appearance of the famous vertical wrinkles on the lips, which greatly age the face.



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The essential vitamins to take care of your skin in summer


What is the basic alphabet of vitamins to overcome the summer avoiding the premature signs of age? According to the nutrition experts at Kaiku Lactose-Free, these are the ones we should include whenever possible in our summer menus:

Vitamin A. Helps the body recover after strong sun exposure and controls possible blemishes on the skin. There are anti-aging ingredients that contain this vitamin, so a diet that incorporates foods known for their high content will help prevent premature aging and repair cells damaged by the sun.

Where do I find vitamin A?
We can find this vitamin in green leafy vegetables, like kale, and others like kiwi, strawberries, or yellow peppers.
Vitamin B. It is another great ally for the summer, thanks to its moisturizing and repairing power for the skin. It helps reduce acne and prevents redness and skin irritation that occurs when we have burned.

Where do I find vitamin B?
The foods in which we can find this vitamin are dairy. These keep the skin hydrated and balanced. In its lactose-free version, they also lighten digestions.
Vitamin C. The basics of summer. The so-called Sun vitamin helps to prepare the body physiologically at very high temperatures, thus preventing heatstroke or excess sweating. It helps keep body temperature at bay and its antioxidant power favors the production of collagen, protecting the skin from sun damage and the effects of UVA rays.

Where do I find vitamin C?
Not only oranges are a great source of vitamin C, parsley, red pepper, or papaya also do the same thing.
Vitamin D. An essential for the skin. It helps keep you strong and prevents aging. Smooth skin has fewer wrinkles. It should also be noted that not sunbathing (of course always with protection) is also harmful, and can lead to a risk of deficiency of this important vitamin.

Where to find vitamin D?
You will find it in fish such as sardines or tuna, which contain a large amount of this vitamin, as well as eggs.

Vitamin E. It plays a very important role, especially when combined with vitamin C. Its antioxidant effects have benefits that help protect the skin from sun exposure, both before and after sunbathing. In addition, it works as a natural antihistamine, reducing the effects of asthma and allergies that usually arrive in good weather. It has a barrier effect that prevents protection from free radicals, the main agents of aging.

Where to find vitamin E?
You’ll find it in tofu, walnuts, and spinach are loaded with vitamin E, in addition to meats like pork or sheep, and fatty fish like salmon.



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The types of fillers (Hyaluronic Acid)

 What are the most common types of fillers and how do I know which one to get?

To start, “it helps to think of the face in 3 dimensions and multilayered,” says Shafer. “There’s the structural support (such as the cheekbones), the muscle layer (contributing to animation), the soft tissue layer (fat and tissue contributing to volume) and the skin (draped over all the underlying layers).” Each injectable has different physiochemical properties and works to achieve specific goals in certain anatomical areas; “there isn’t one magic filler,” says Shafer, who explains that they’re subdivided into hyaluronic acid (Belotero, Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane), calcium hydroxyapatite (Radiesse) and poly L-lactic acid (Sculptra). “Further, each brand also has subcategories based on the concentration of the product and whether it’s mixed with an anesthetic.” According to Shafer, hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, which are made out of a molecule naturally found in our skin (read: high compatibility with little to no reaction), are ideal for first-time patients and can be injected almost anywhere you can think to add volume or shape—nasiolabial lines, cheeks, lips, eyelids, eyebrows, forehead lines, and nose. “Their greatest advantage is that they’re the only filler category that’s reversible by an enzyme, hyaluronidase, which can ‘melt’ it almost instantly—this has been revolutionary in treating patients with filler mishaps,” he says. Radiesse, in the calcium hydroxyapatite category, has “excellent lifting capacity when injected deep into the bone and it has FDA approval for rejuvenation of the hand,” says Shafer, and Sculptra, in the poly L-lactic acid category, is a collagen stimulator that works gradually over the course of a series of treatments and works to repair the underlying skin structure overtime for a natural-looking correction.

Lorenc divides fillers into two broad categories—heavy/volumizing or light/superficial. “Radiesse is my go-to volumizing filler for the malar area [ed. note: cheek bones], the mid-face or the temporal hollow because the longevity is predictable,” he says, adding that other choices for these areas are the “heavy hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm Voluma XC, and for deep deposition, Perlane-L from the Restylane family of HA products.” The lips, lip lines, and nasolabial folds require lighter, more superficial filler injections; Lorenc tends to treat these areas with Restylane and Juvederm hyaluronic fillers and Belotero.