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Our Lips and why we need to protect them

Article by Amanda Shayle MAcS MPCHM CertNatSci (Open)

Our lips make a big statement about us. The colour and condition of lips with their direct connection to our digestive system is one important feature that is used to determine a person’s health in traditional Chinese Medicine.  Socially the colour, shape and condition of lips influence our perception of beauty, sex appeal and how confident we are about ourselves.

Understanding more about our lips and why we need to protect them is the first step to ensuring they look great.

Lip Anatomy

Vermilion (dry) border. This delicate tissue extends inside the mouth so general hydration and oral care is important.  Wet Vermilion inside the mouth.

chapped lips

normal lips

Comparison of lip skin to regular skin 1


The skin all over our body comprises three layers.  These are the top level, epidermis and deeper levels, the dermis and a fatty layer.  However the structure of our lips is very different to the rest of our body – more fragile with much thinner layers.  The surface of the epidermis of all our skin is covered by dead cells, known as stratum corneum.  This acts as a protective barrier against moisture loss, bacteria, heat and light .  The stratum corneum is much thinner on the lips (3-4 layers thick compared to 15-16 layers thick elsewhere) which is why the blood vessels underneath are more visible, giving the rosy tint we are all familiar with.  The lip’s epidermis does not contain melanin cells(sun protection) or hair follicles and sweat glands(which produce oils and sweat) so that they are very vulnerable to moisture loss and sun damage.


This is why it’s important to protect them in cold weather or direct sun exposure.  Winter lip problems are also further affected by those who lick their lips frequently or who are exposed to wet winter conditions such as sport or outdoor work.  Many people, therefore, suffer from chapped, dry and cracked lips in the winter leading to continuous discomfort and often embarrassment. Ageing of the lips is ultimately the result of dehydration which damages the layers beneath causing impaired cell function and loss of fat.  This makes lips thinner with the surface skin dry, sensitive and less beautiful and kissable.


An important strategy to protect lips is to use a lip balm.  However many feel greasy and make the use of lipstick a problem.  Lipsticks generally offer limited protection.  Some lip products contain unfavourable ingredients or in the case of lipstick, contain harmful colours or chemicals which may be easily ingested. Additionally excessive application of greasy balms can increase lip licking which dries lips further due to the enzymes in saliva.  The result a vicious circle of application and removal.  Some people are actually addicted to lip balm application which can impair normal skin function making the problem worse.

Puriskin Liptreat bespoking and ready to wear lipstick

Puriskin Lip Treat is a therapeutic healing formula with excellent anti-aging and regenerative properties designed to relieve various common and problematic lip conditions. Made with natural plant waxes to seal in moisture and prevent against moisture loss but still allow the skin to function normally.  It is formulated with added healing natural ingredients to sooth and treat chapped, split, dry, inflamed and irritated lips

Key ingredients are the highly restorative properties of Japanese Honeysuckle – renowned for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and calming qualities, coupled with organic Shea Butter, botanical Grape Seed and Jojoba Seed Oils – which mimic the sebum of the skin.  Bespoke colours are available as well as treatment serums.  All colour ingredients are mineral-based.

Puriskin Lip Treat has a creamy, moisturising texture giving full bodied lip coverage to provide lasting anti-oxidant protection with natural Vitamin E which protects against the elements.  A thin application leaves a protective film on the lips without feeling greasy and acts as a perfect primer for lipstick or total comfort for bare lips.

Puriskin Lip Treat is available in a chubby stick or traditional lipstick format.  It is an organic solution to assist in healing lip and a valuable tool for protection and prevention.

Puriskin Lip Treat is now available at the Acuregen Clinic, London N2 .  By appointment sessions for bespoke or selection from our clear or colour range.  All are made in front of you!

Please contact Amanda Shayle at

Telephone or text to 07778267778.


All accessed on 21.11.15  accessed 21.11.15



Acuregen are excited to announce the opening of The Acuregen Clinic and Academy in East Finchley, London.


For patients, we offer a full range of acupuncture, TCM, massage.  Our internationally acclaimed Cosmetic Acupuncture treatments are available with an accredited Team of professional therapists at this clinic, across the UK and in Belgium, Bahrain and Israel.

For professionals courses in Acuregen Cosmetic Acupuncture and Medical Microneedling (collagen induction) are available every month.  Graduates are welcomed back for ongoing training and CPD.  They also have the opportunity to become part of the international Acuregen Brand.

All treatments are supported by the Acuregen and Puriskin (by Vanessa Blake Cosmetics) natural skincare and cosmetics ranges.

There is a shop on site for these products and our unique Thrive Intradermal needles.

For more information contact Amanda Shayle:, 07778 267778