Everyone has lips. And if you try to imagine your face without them you will realize just how silly you look. Lips come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are bigger, some are smaller and some are perfectly plump. Some are incredibly kissable and some, unfortunately, are not. However, lips are a lot more complex than just how they look. They are unique and beneficial to us. Just think, if we didn’t have them, how would we talk, eat, whistle, sip through a straw, or yes, kiss?
The double curve of our upper lip, or the two highest points closest to the bottom of our nose, is affectionately called a Cupid’s Bow because it resembles just that. Cupid, as most of us know, is the god of love, affection and attraction. When it comes to the lips, the Cupid’s Bow is considered very attractive. After all, who doesn’t want to get hit by one of cupid’s arrows?
Your lips are unique.
Many animal species have lips, of course. But only human lips have such a distinct border between the pinkish, reddish parts and the surrounding skin, according to LiveScience. Scientists call this the “vermilion border.”
Did you know that lips are one of the most sensitive organs in human body? They have more than a million nerve endings but they do not have any kind of defensive membrane for protection.
Red and pink are the colors of love.
Healthy lips have a rosy red or pinkish hue. The skin on our lips is incredibly thin and has only three to six layers of cells, whereas the rest up the body has 16 layers. Because of this, we are able to see the capillaries or blood vessels beneath, which throw off red and pink tones. Of course, the lighter the skin the more pronounced the color. Now there are some studies that suggest the redder the lips the more attractive they are. Hmmm…is this why the lipstick industry is such a moneymaker? Perhaps.
Our lips never sweat and are pimple free!
That’s right, our lips do not have any sweat glands or oil glands so they don’t perspire and they won’t break out. This makes them even more kissable. The only downside is that because lips don’t have protective oils, they can easily get dry, flaky, chapped and irritated. This makes lip balm a must for many people.
Our lips need sunscreen.
Unfortunately, our lips are incredibly susceptible to sun damage. In fact, they are more prone to damage than any other part of the body. Our lips need daily UVA/UVB protection, just like the rest of our skin. They are often a common spot for skin cancer to occur. So apply, apply and reapply throughout the day.
Thin or plump?
As we age, our lips grow thinner and thinner. Don’t believe me? Just look at a picture of yourself when you were really young and see for yourself. Aging causes our collagen production to decrease and it’s collagen that gives our lips their shape and plumpness. Thankfully, there are lip-plumping products for those who want a little more oomph in their lips.
Lips express emotions.
We all know this, but it’s pretty cool when you think about it. Our lips can tell someone if we are happy through a smile or sad through a frown. They can even tell someone when we are annoyed through our pursed lips and in shock and awe through our open mouth. Our lips are the perfect communicator even before we start talkin
Your lips can help you choose a mate.
It’s hard to kiss without lips, and some scientists believe that kissing plays a key role in mate selection. It seems that locking lips brings potential mates close enough that they exchange biological information–via sniffing another’s pheromones. Women are believed to prefer the scent of men whose immune systems differ from their own–and pheromones may be a key to this determination.
That fleshy bump in the middle of your upper lip has a name.
In fact, that fleshy bump has a few names, including procheilion, labial tubercle, or tuberculum labii superioris.
Bigger is generally better.
When it comes to attracting the opposite sex, big lips are better, the BBC reported. That is, at least where a woman’s lips are concerned. But women seem to prefer men with medium-sized lips, a University of Louisville psychologist told the BBC in 2003.
Lips haven’t always been used for kissing.
“Kissing was very restricted up until very recently to areas of Asia–Southeast Asia mainly–and Europe until the conquests in the 1500s,” Dr. Vaughn Bryant, professor of anthropology at Texas A&M University, said in a written statement. “No one in the New World kissed, no one in Oceania kissed, the Eskimos didn’t kiss, people in sub-Saharan Africa didn’t kiss.” According to Bryant, kissing started in India and spread slowly after soldiers under the command of Alexander the Great brought the custom home with them. It takes many muscles to pucker up.
To pucker up for a kiss – or to play that trumpet – you have to contract your orbicularis oris. Scientists used to think the orbicularis oris was a single sphincter muscle inside the lips. But now we know it’s actually a complex of four muscles.
Red lips can make you rich.
Some have said that lipstick makes women more attractive to men because it makes the lips look more like the vagina’s labia. Hmm. But one thing that seems clear is that wearing red lipstick can pay off for women. In a recent study from France, sociologists showed that waitresses who wear red lipstick earn bigger tips–though only from male customers. Waitresses’ red lipstick had no effect on the generosity of female customers.
Lips can become paralyzed.
People suffering from a form of facial paralysis known as Bell’s palsy can have trouble smiling or frowning. The condition is caused by damage to the facial nerves. Fortunately, people with Bell’s palsy generally recover with time.
Blood gives your lips their reddish hue.
The skin of the lips is thinner than skin elsewhere on the body, consisting of three to five cellular layers instead of up to 16. Thinner skin means it’s easier to see the blood vessels underneath. Of curse, this effect is more pronounced in people with light-colored skin.
Use your lips to SMILE! It WILL make your life better.
It’s important to smile and have a positive attitude throughout the day. It will decrease your stress, which will help you to look younger throughout the years. The age old saying says that it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile. Appreciate what you have and give a grin every now and then.
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Our lips are totally unique to just us. Like our fingerprints, no two-lip prints are exactly alike.
To keep your lips in their most kissable condition, here are a few tips.
- Always protect your lips by wearing lip balm and sunscreen. This will help keep them soft and smooth.
- Exfoliate your lips to keep them looking more youthful. Some people scrub their lips with a toothbrush. I prefer to use a facial scrub on my lips – I make my own with a bit of honey and a pinch of sugar. It not only helps to remove dead skin, it also tastes great. And honey is a natural skin hydrator.
- Drink plenty of water to keep lips hydrated. If your lips feel dry resist the urge to lick them. This only creates a vicious cycle that worsens the condition.
- Coconut oil is a great way to hydrate your lips naturally. Just a tiny dab on the lips before bedtime will do the trick.
What you eat will also make your lips look great.
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