Florida Women's Law Group - April 2020

1. MIND YOUR OWN BEESWAX. Lip balm is a must, and not just for soothing chapped lips. Ensuring your lips stay moisturized will keep them healthy and prevent chapped, split lips. But before you apply the lip balm that’s been collecting dust on your dresser, check the ingredients. A good balm will have a base of beeswax, paraffin, and/or petroleum jelly. These lock in moisture and don’t evaporate as quickly. When shopping for lip balm, avoid harmful ingredients. Salicylic acid, menthol, camphor, and silicone can dry out your lips, and while it’s fun when your lips taste like cherry, stay away from flavored balms. These can actually lead to chapped lips. 2. MAKE TIME TO EXFOLIATE. You know how your shower loofah sloughs away dead skin cells, keeping your skin soft and healthy? Your lips are also covered in dead skin cells that need to be gently removed. Don’t worry, you don’t have to buy a tiny loofah. Instead, whip up a DIY scrub to exfoliate your lips. Just mix 1 part honey with 2 parts sugar. Once a week, massage the scrub gently into your lips, let sit for 10 minutes, then remove with a gentle face wash. Regular exfoliation keeps your lips soft and smooth. 3. DON’T FORGET YOUR SUNSCREEN. Research from George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., found that the No. 1 area people forget to apply sunscreen is the lips. We tend to forget that our lips are part of our skin, which is troubling because skin cancer around the lips can be very dangerous. If you’re going outside, be sure to protect your lips with lip balm containing SPF protection of 30 or higher.

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3 Tips for Healthy Lips

The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but your lips let people know how you really feel. A smile and a laugh invite warm conversation, whereas a sharp frown lets people know it’s not a good time to chat. Your lips do a lot of work, so make sure you’re taking care of them! Here are three rules to follow when it comes to maintaining good lip health.

FIND THE RIGHT SUPPORT What to Look for When Seeking Comfort On top of the stress, confusion, and heartache, divorce is often incredibly isolating. Even when you have friends and family close at hand, it’s not always easy to talk to them about what you’re going through, and if you do, you may not always get the best support. But make no mistake, reaching out and finding someone to listen to you and commiserate with you can be one of the healthiest things you do for yourself during a divorce. It’s all about finding the right kind of listener. UNDERSTANDING, NOT JUDGMENT Sadly, some friends or family might make the mistake of thinking they have to “fix” your situation. If someone continually prescribes you advice you didn’t ask for, shames you for your decisions, or keeps trying to find solutions for you rather than just listening to what you have to say, you may need to ask them to stop or spend time with someone more supportive. This sort of behavior may make them feel like they are doing something for you, but it doesn’t respect you, your feelings, or your needs. THE POWER OF EMPATHY Often, some of the most supportive people you can talk to at this time are those who have been through divorce themselves. Having people to talk to who have faced many of the same emotional, logistical, and physical challenges you have can be a great comfort. If you don’t have loved ones with similar experiences, there are support groups out there that can offer a perfect avenue to express your feelings. 2 Florida Women’s Law Group | 904-549-6553

INDIRECT SUPPORT Of course, not all social support has to involve delving into your feelings. Often, just having those friends who can take you out for a night on the town or a cup of coffee can be a blessing. Being able to get out of your own head and just enjoy life is a great way to step out of the gloom and shake off the stresses in your life. Sometimes you have to reach out to friends about setting up these outings — they may be trying to give you time to yourself, so make sure you signal that you want to socialize.

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