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June 12 2020
Just like the rest of our skin, the lips are made up of three layers of cells. The outer most layer known as the stratum coneum, the epidermis and the dermis. The main difference is that these layers are much thinner in the lips. With three to five cellular layers, this is very thin compared to typical skin on the face, which has up to sixteen layers. This lack of layers allows our blood vessels to show through, giving our lips their beautiful pinkish colour. With the epidermis not containing melanin cells, hair follicles or sweat glands, it leaves lips more vulnerable to moisture loss, along with sensitivities and damage by the environment, with fewer ways to naturally restore the moisture balance.