So I was super EXCITED to come home after a long day at work only to find that my friend Nancy had sent me a photo which quickly made it into a frame and currently resides on my shelf facing the front door as she keeps a watchful eye out for the ones who may be up to up to No Good… LoL My day always begins with checking emails and CNN in the background! Love my Nancy!!!
Tips for smooth, luscious and moisturized lips:
Everyone wants to have smooth silky skin. Many of us will give great attention to body lotions and creams to achieve the soft, silky smooth skin we all seek.
On the other hand, our lips often become negleted until the dry, itchy and the uncomfortable cracking shows up. Dealing with chapped lips might cause discomfort, even when doing the simplest act like smiling. Similar to the highly sensitive area of skin around the eyes, so is the skin on your lips very similar, both are so delicate and need special care to get the soft smooth look. Lip skin may suffer badly in the winter cold windy days or from the hot sun of the summer time. Remember that in the long run its more often easier and cheaper to “Prevent problems than it is to “Fix” them.
How to know if you have chapped lips:
Your lips will look dry, may burn, perhaps even peeling and in more sever cases they may begin to crack and bleed. In the event it gets this far you should know that each time in the future your Lips will only become more and more sensitive. FACT: Your lips do Not have (melanlin) which is the very important pigment within the rest of our skin that helps to provide protection from Uv rays and without melanin pur lips become more susceptible to sunburns.
Causes of chapped lips may refer to the following reasons:
Constant lip licking or bitting; since saliva strips away the natural protective oils of the lips leaving them dry and sore.
- exposure to direct sun or cold wind.
- deficiency of some vitamins.
- using ungentle skin or cosmetic products.
- Having some medications or specific illness.
Tips to prevent chapped lips and get the smooth soft lips:
Water… Water and more Water, drink lots of water and fluids to keep all of your skin hydrated. Remember skin care comes from within! What you put in is what you get out…. We only get one face in our lifetime so be sure to care for it and always SPF on the lips, face and body when exposed to the sun for periods of time. It may seem harmless or no big deal to some, but An essential way to keep your skin soft is to get rid of dead skin cells, the same concept when treating your lips. You will have get rid of the dead skin cells on your lips to make space for the new soft skin. To do this use a soft tooth brush and a mild exfoliating product. Then use them to brush your lips in slow circular motions. Exfoliate lips just once a week.
Use lip balms to moisturize your lips. Lip balms often contain SPF 15 or more that protects your lips from the harmful UVB sun rays and also contains natural smoothing ingredients like: almonds or olive oil, Aloe Vera, Jojoba, Vaseline, coco butter, Bees Wax vitamins and more. Vaseline or petroleum jelly products have very good effect in soothing chapped dry lips. Use once or twice a day. You can also use good lips moisturizing cream brands including Vitamin E.
Use lipsticks, lip gloss, or lip balms that contains natural moisturizing ingredients. Use creamy lipsticks and avoid the matte lipsticks when your lips are not in good condition. Avoid previously mentioned reasons that hurts your skin like smoking.
OUR FAVORITE LIP PRODUCTS:
At any given moment, you will find over five different types of lip products in my case. At last count, over fourteen lip products were floating around in the recesses of my large bag. Clearly in my opinion you can never have too many lip products. If you’re looking for a beauty product to stock pile, lip balms are small in size, effective in purpose, and easy on the wallet. At just a few measly dollars a pop, these four lip balms help keep your lips hydrated through spring, summer and beyond.
Dr. Hauschka Lip Care Stick:
It makes your lips feel instantly soft, and doesn’t dry them out like some lip balms tend to do… I also like the subtle, slightly herbal scent. ($13.95,drhauschka.com)
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment:
It is super soft, very hydrating and pairs well with lipstick for a little color. ($22.50, fresh.com)
MAC Lip Conditioner:
I nicked a tube of MAC Lip Conditioner from a photo shoot at Milk Studios, and am obsessed with it now. It’s so thick and luxurious and it smells delicious. ($15, maccosmetics.com)
Skinceuticals Antioxidant Lip Repair:
This is amazing! Only need to use one time a day and you are good! I repaired my cracked lips one winter and I was hooked. ($38, skinceuticals.com)
Santa Maria Novella Lip Moisturizer:
It doesn’t just coat your lips with a funky petroleum based film which I find dries out my lips even more. And it has Calendula in it too soothe irritated skin! ($32, aedes.com)
Kiehls Lip Balm #1
My skin is terrible during the winter season and I’m pretty terrible about keeping up with it! I believe Khiel’s is something I can apply once or twice throughout the day and see the difference immediately. ($7, kiehls.com)
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ― Thomas A. Edison
Did you know that J.K. Rowlings was on welfare?
Or that Oprah Winfrey was told she was unfit for television?
Or how about the fact that Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team?
These are just a few examples of the countless stories of people who failed before they became a success.
What was it that allowed these people to respond to failure the way they did?
They had the ability to positively adapt to and rebound from adversity.
They were resilient in the face of challenges.
This resiliency is the one consistent factor between people who eventually rise up to their potential and those who live life wishing they “would have” or “could have.”
We will all face adversity along the way. It may be directly related to our personal goals, or it may be a completely random life event that knocks us down.
Regardless, how we respond to adversity is what matters, and fortunately we can learn ways to deal with challenges and remain mentally tough.
Here are six traits of people who never ever give up.
They allow themselves to suck
The only way to get better at something or to work through an unfamiliar challenge is to accept that we are going to suck at first.
It’s just like learning an instrument. I have played drums for over fifteen years and would say I am pretty damn good, but I did suck at one point. There was no way around it.
You can’t excel at something until you learn the craft. Don’t give up just because something is harder than you expected.
They aren’t afraid of a challenge
People who tend to persevere thrive on challenges. They view challenges as opportunities to rise to. They know that a challenge will help them grow and expand as a person.
If we avoid a challenge we are destined to stay stuck and stagnant. Don’t be afraid of a challenge. Embrace what you’re struggling with as an essential part of your development.
They are optimistic about the future
People who are resilient and never give up believe better things are yet to come. It is important that we have high hopes for our future. When life gets difficult knowing that we are moving toward something meaningful can help us persist.
No matter what you’re facing, and no matter how hard your current circumstances are, you must believe that things will get better. Keep hope alive and you will keep your will alive.
Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient. - Steve Maraboli quotes
They are grateful for what they have
We can either focus on what we lack or focus on what we appreciate in our life. When we are grateful we can keep a healthy and abundant perspective. We will have a more positive attitude and be more committed because of this.
Wake up each day and remind yourself what you are thankful for.
They let fear guide them
What are you afraid of? Is it fear of the unknown? Fear of failure? Your fear is there for a reason. It is meant to teach you something about who you can become.
When we allow fear to be a teacher it is no longer an obstacle blocking our way. Fear is a part of the process of moving past our comfort zone and reaching new heights.
They stay inspired
Inspiration is a driving force in our ability to persevere. Inspiration fills us with energy and electrifies our will to endure whatever we may be facing.
What do you do each day to find inspiration? Inspiration can come in any area of life. Seek out more of what inspires you so you can remain enthusiastic about life.
They live in the moment
When we are firmly grounded in the present, the past doesn’t get us down, and the uncertain future doesn’t leave us petrified.
Creating a vision for the future is important but we must recognize that staying present as we pursue our vision is crucial to staying mentally tough and resolute. Take life one day at a time. Deal with challenges in the moment and don’t get tripped up by the countless hurdles ahead of you.
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ― Confucius
Just like the Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jordan you too can develop traits of resiliency and determination.
It is a part of our nature to be able to bounce back from challenges.
Believe in yourself. Believe in your mission and purpose. Don’t ever give up!
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