Lips are amazing. Without them we couldn’t talk or eat. And forget about kissing and whistling. Like your favorite pair of skinny jeans, you can dress them up or dress them down with the perfect shade of lipstick or gloss. We’ve discovered six other interesting facts about lips.
Did you know…
- Humans are the only animal species with a “vermilion border.”
Many animal species have lips, of course. But only human lips have a distinct border between the pink part and the surrounding skin.
- You’ve got some nerve.
Your lips are densely packed with nerve endings and neurons, making them very sensitive to pressure, temperature and other stimulations. This is one of the reasons kissing is so much fun!
- It takes a lot of muscle to “pucker up.”
To pucker up for a kiss, you have to contract your orbicularis oris muscle. Scientists used to think the orbicularis oris was a single muscle inside the lips. But now we know it’s actually a complex of four muscles.
- Red lips can make you rich.
In a recent study from France, sociologists showed that waitresses who wear red lipstick earn bigger tips (though only from male customers).
- Lips don’t sweat.
Why? Because they don’t have sweat glands. Since sweat glands also help keep the skin moisturized, that means lips tend to dry out faster than other areas of the body.
- Lips get thinner as you age.
Lips get their shape in part from collagen. But as we age, the body produces less of this critical protein, and the lips start to lose their plumpness.
If your kisser needs a little boost, check out our brand new lip product Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips. It’s a clear, lightweight, anti-aging lip treatment serum that revitalizes lips and visibly improves the appearance of lip lines in as little as one week. Its exclusive formula will give you fuller-looking, more youthful-looking lips. It’s great under lipstick, gloss or balm.
If dry, chapped lips are the problem, also try our Soothing Skin and Lip Care. This healing salve hydrates and locks in long-lasting moisture to relieve dry, chapped skin on contact.