The drying of the lips from coffee may not be as intense as some have stated. Sure, if you drink 5-7 cups of the hottest coffee possible, you’ll probably experience dryness, but for casual coffee drinkers, the risk of overdrying is low.
Caffeine in Lip Products Works
Caffeine can help make your lips appear more plump and kissable, especially when it’s an ingredient in lip balm or lip scrubs.
In a lip product, the caffeine is mixed with ingredients like vitamin E, jojoba oil, and avocado or sesame seed oil. Like in other skincare products, the caffeine in a lip scrub helps to smooth the lips – because it can lessen the appearance of wrinkles on the lips and around them. Coffee granules in body scrubs and lip scrubs can help to slough off dead skin cells, which also helps the mouth to look more rejuvenated and plump.
A lip balm containing caffeine often contains other soothing ingredients, like grape seed and black currant oils that are high in vitamins and retinol to smooth lines around the mouth and on the lips. These combinations can give a more youthful look.
If Caffeine Isn’t the Culprit, then What?
It’s easy to blame caffeine as the reason your lips are dry, and there may be some truth to that, but it’s certainly not the only reason. If used in excess, it’s probably possible that a caffeinated lip product can add to the potential for dry, cracked lips, but that’s less likely because of the other soothing ingredients in the formulation.
It’s more likely that other environmental conditions, habits, and health issues like allergies are more to blame for dry lips than the coffee you drink in the morning.
A warning though – if you’re going to apply a lip scrub, be gentle. Lips may not look like it, but they are as delicate than other areas of the face.
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