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Kissable Lips

14 Feb

Roses, candy, and dinner are just the backdrop for tonight’s main attraction–the Valentine’s Day kiss or the hope of getting that kiss.  We want you to make the best of it by having lips worth kissing. 

Just to be sure those kissable lips aren’t wasted because of faulty kissing technique, head over to kissing.com.  There you’ll learn how to make that Valentine’s Day smooch crackle with fireworks.  Though kissing has been happening for thousands and thousands of years, some of us apparently haven’t gotten it down yet.   There’s probably a gene for kissing that has yet to be discovered and unlocked for some.  Not only can you learn some toe wiggling kissing techniques at kissing.com,  you can also buy some lessons.  How about that for a Valentine’s Day gift?

While we will not share our snogging (Brit’s term for smooching) secrets, we will share some tips to get your lips properly prepared for a big smooch.

Tips for Kissable Lips

  • Honey is great for softening and smoothing chapped lips.  Put about a teaspoon or so in a small bowl, add a drop of water.  Apply to lips and let sit for a few minutes.  Take a wet toothbrush or damp washcloth over lips to remove dry skin.  Be gentle. Apply lip balm or some olive oil, Shea or cocoa butter.
  • Coconut oil also works well for softening lips.  Apply directly to lips; let sit for a few minutes and remove dry skin as above.
  • Run a warm air humidifier or vaporizer at night to prevent chapped lips.
  • Before applying your favorite lipstick, apply some chap stick to your lips first.  This is a good technique if you find that your lips become chapped after applying lipstick.  Lipstick can sometimes cause lips to dry out, esp. if you are sensitive to an ingredient in the lipstick, such as lanolin.  Also, the ingredient propyl gallate and phenyl salicylate (salol) in lipstick causes contact dermatitis in some people.
  • Lip balms can cause your lips to become chapped if there is an ingredient that your lips are sensitive to.  i.e.  I can’t use any chap stick that has hemp or lanolin in it.  Those two ingredients will cause my lips to become chapped.  Beeswax is the one ingredient I look for in a chap stick.
  • Stay away from petroleum, fragrances, and scents in lip balms.  They can also make lips worse.  Ingredients should be simple and natural.
  • Never lick your lips when they are chapped.  It will only make them worse.
  • Keep hydrated with some good old water.  It will help in preventing dry lips in the first place.
  • Breathe through your nose and not your mouth to prevent dry lips.
  • Citrus fruits, nickel, sodium lauryl sulfate in tooth paste, dyes used in candy and food, hypothyroidism can all contribute to chapped lips.

Now that your lips are kissable, the rest is up to you.  Oh, don’t forget to check the breath.  Kissable lips won’t mean a thing if the vapors emitting from your mouth keep your sweetie from coming within twenty feet of you.

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Reference:

Kunin, Audrey, M.D. “Chapstick and Verse; A Guide To Chapped Lips.” Online: http://www.dermadoctor.com/article_Chapped-Lips_185.html.

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A Valentine Treat for Your Face: A Honey Mask

9 Feb

 What is the favorite fairytale of bees?   Beauty and the Bee.

 What flowers are their favorites?  Bee-gonias and Honeysuckles.

To bee or not to bee– Shakespeare
To do is to bee– Nietzche
To bee is to do– Sartre
Do bee do bee do– Sinatra

Sorry, couldn’t resist.  We are not to blame for the above.  They are courtesy of Honey Tasmania (www.honeytasmania.com/honey-bees/honeybee-jokes)

USDA Image Library – Scot Bauer

Does Your Face Need Some TLC?  

Want you face to feel more like a baby’s skin than a prune?  Maybe you want to control those break-outs; or even out your skin tone; or reduce the seborrhea flakes around the T-zone, or get some glow going on.  Honey is sweetness for the face.  And it doesn’t take a lot of honey for a facial–about a tablespoon or so is enough for the entire face.

What Makes Honey So Yummy for the Face? 

Honey is a humectant so it helps to bind moisture to the skin.  It plumps up those wrinkles so they are less noticeable.  Honey has some nutrients and antioxidants that help skin to repair and heal itself, which is why it is good for pimple prone skin.  Also, the enzymes in honey are beneficial for healing.  There are several B vitamins, C, copper, potassium, and some flavonoids in honey.  It is also said to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties.  A honey mask is a gentle exfoliate because it contain natural glycolic acid. 

FYI: The reports I have read on the benefits of honey for acne say that repeated use is required to see any benefits.  Generally, results happen after about a week of daily applications.  Although, a few people reported seeing immediate results in the reduction of break-outs.

Not Just Any Honey Will Do

To get the full nutritional benefits of honey, raw or raw unfiltered honey is the way to go.  It can be purchased at health food grocery stores, from the local farmer’s market, or from local honey producers (Google your area or check craigslist).  Pasteurized honey that is sold in most grocery store chains has little or no nutrients left due to the processing.  Also, large bee-keeping commercial operations are very hard on bees and often the pollination is done on plants that have been sprayed with chemical herbicides.

Skin Test First

There are some people who can eat honey, but when they put it on their skin it causes an allergic reaction.  We would not want you to look like a blowfish for Valentine’s Day.  So, do a skin test with honey on a small area of the face first.

Moisturizing/Rejuvenating Honey Mask

1 Tablespoon raw honey
1/8 teaspoon extra virgin coconut oil (extra virgin olive oil also works)

1/8 teaspoon warm water
damp cloth
facial headband

Clear Skin Honey Mask
1 Tablespoon raw honey

1/8 teaspoon unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1/8 teaspoon warm water

damp washcloth

facial headband

Directions

Use the facial headband for preventing the hair from getting into the honey.  You may want to apply the mask prior to showering or taking a bath.  This way you can wash out any honey that may remain along the hairline.  Use the damp cloth to wipe any honey that goes where you do not want it to go.  Start with a clean face.

Mix the ingredients thoroughly.  Using clean fingers fingers, apply mask to face and front of neck.  Set a timer for 12 minutes. Recline and relax.  For some TLC for the eyes, put a couple cucumber slices or moistened tea bags over them as you wait for the honey to do its magic.

After 12 minutes, dampen the washcloth with warm water and use it to remove the honey mask from the face and neck.  Follow-up with splashes of very cool water to the face.

For dry or mature skin apply moisturizer.  We of course suggest our wonderful Argan and Allies Hydrating Serum.  For acne prone skin, we recommend applying our popular Argan Acne Serum.

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