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Why should you exfoliate your lips?

The lips are a delicate area of the face prone to dehydration and flaking, especially in winter when the cold and wind intensify. To maintain their softness and firmness, they require specific care and attention. Discover in this article why it is important to regularly exfoliate your lips.

Published February 14, 2024, by Pauline, Head of Scientific Communication — 6 min read

The lips, a delicate area.

In the face of external aggressions such as the sun, wind, or pollution, lips can become dry and chapped. Indeed, the skin in this area is very thin, about 5 times thinner than the rest of the face, and harbors only a minuscule number of sebaceous glands. These glands produce sebum, a substance that contributes to the composition of the hydrolipidic film present on the surface of the epidermis and helps protect the skin from dehydration and various external factors. Moreover, with age, there is a decrease in sebum synthesis by the sebaceous glands, which further increases the fragility of the lips. It is also important to note that sweat glands, responsible for sweat production, are completely absent from the lips. Sweat is a crucial component of the hydrolipidic film. These various factors make the lips prone to flaking, as well as the appearance of cracks.

Furthermore, the synthesis of collagen and elastin by fibroblasts gradually decreases after the age of 25. These fibrous proteins are typically found in the dermis and contribute to maintaining the structure of the skin. However, a decrease in their production leads to a loss of skin flexibility and elasticity. As a result, the lip contour becomes more prone to the appearance of fine lines and dehydration wrinkles. There is also a slowdown in cellular renewal over time, which tends to thin the lips. It takes about 28 days to regenerate the different layers of facial skin (epidermis, dermis, hypodermis), but this process is slower for the lips, which are thinner.

Exfoliation, a solution for lip care?

To prevent lip dryness and the buildup of dead skin or patches, it is beneficial to use a scrub or a lip peel. Indeed, the sensitivity and significant fragility of this facial area make it particularly prone to damage, and it is necessary to take care of it. Thanks to its exfoliating action, the scrub removes impurities and dead skin on the lips, which helps to re-densify them. Besides its purifying action, this treatment also has regenerative virtues and promotes cellular renewal, a process that is relatively slow in the lips.

Furthermore, to provide them with this rosy hue that is so characteristic, peeling stimulates blood circulation. Regular exfoliation also helps to keep the lips plump and healthy. Often rich in fruit acids, exfoliants contribute to diminishing the small lines on the lips that form with age. Indeed, these ingredients have a stimulating effect on the synthesis of collagen and elastin, which helps to prevent the appearance of these wrinkles.

Furthermore, using a scrub allows you to have a good base for your makeup. The purpose of the scrub is indeed to exfoliate the delicate skin and allows for the application of lipstick on a smooth and soft surface. This treatment also helps to even out the surface of the lips, thus achieving a more uniform result. The adherence of tinted products as well as the absorption of active ingredients present in moisturizing balms is facilitated after exfoliation. The peeling thus allows to maximize the benefits of lip products applied subsequently.

Discover the lip peeling from Typology.

At Typology, we offer a lip peel, which allows for a gentle and thorough exfoliation. This weekly treatment is enriched with mandelic acid and pomegranate enzyme to remove dead cells from the lip surface, making them more supple and soft. Mandelic acid is a chemical exfoliant belonging to the family of alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) capable of stimulating the renewal of the lip surface. The pomegranate enzyme, on the other hand, provides a micro-exfoliation that complements that of the mandelic acid. Before applying the peel, make sure the surface of your lips is dry and free of any traces of lipstick or gloss.

After this treatment, remember to hydrate and nourish your lips. To do this, we suggest applying our repairing lip mask, which combines the lipid-replenishing action of ceramides with the hydrating power of hyaluronic acid. By forming a protective film on the lips, it limits water evaporation and rehydrates and repairs damaged lips. Don't hesitate to complete this routine with the application of a lip balm. The lip balm with 9 nourishing ingredients from Typology is suitable for all skin types. Enriched with shea butter, this nourishing treatment with a minimalist formula helps to reduce lip dryness and prevent chapping.


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