The last thing you probably think about is your lips! You pay attention to your arms and legs; they propel you faster. Your cardiovascular system keeps your blood flowing at maximum capacity. Great lung capacity means more efficient use of oxygen, so you can train longer and harder. Your brain keeps you motivated and moving. But lips? Who cares about lips?
It’s easy to forget about those pink stripes that surround your winning smile, and you’ll be sorry if you do. Training outdoors in the sun and wind, especially in the winter, can wreak havoc on your lips. Chapped, dry, cracked, and even painful bleeding lips can result.
Your lips are unique. The skin on them is very thin, perhaps the thinnest on your body, and the blood supply in your lips is very close to the surface. Additionally, your lips contain no oil glands like the rest of your skin, so they don’t produce any sort of natural protection. Your lips need help, so don’t forget about them. And don’t trust your lips to any old lip balm. They are not created equal.
The one I’ve found that works best is Endurance Shield’s Lip Protectant. It’s enriched with vitamins B5 (recognized for healthy skin), C (key to the production of collagen that give skin its firmness and strength), and E (strong antioxidant that promotes healing). More importantly, this lip protectant contains two important ingredients not typically found in other lip balms.
Introducing Jojoba oil and squalane. Jojoba is a native desert shrub grown for the oil in its seeds. Its rare chemical composition makes it similar to sebum, the oil your skin naturally produces. Like Jojoba oil, squalane is also found in human sebaceous secretions and is an excellent moisturizer. These two special ingredients are the same as what your oil glands are producing to protect the rest of your skin, and without oil glands on your lips, it’s exactly what your lips are missing!
Don’t forget about your lips when you head outdoors, no matter what time of year it is. They need protection, and I’ve found the Endurance Shield Lip Protectant is the best one on the market and works beautifully with Endurance Shield Sunscreen