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Lips Appreciation Day – March 16, 2023

Lips Appreciation Day is observed on March 16 every year. It’s the only day in the year dedicated to appreciating the lips — an attractive part of the face. Did you know that lips come in different shapes, structures, and sizes? Not only do they protect our teeth from the elements, but the lips also form an important part of our smiles, pouts, smacks, and other facial expressions. That’s not all, lips are also essential in eating and drinking. On Lips Appreciation Day, don’t forget to show your lips some appreciation and good care lips to make them more attractive.

History of Lips Appreciation Day

Lips Appreciation Day owes its creation to Thomas and Ruth Roy of Wellcat Holiday. While the purpose for the creation of the day is obvious — to appreciate the lips as an attractive feature of the face — no one knows for certain which year this appreciation day was first celebrated.

A visible part of the faces of humans and numerous mammals, the lips form an important feature of the visage. Coming in different shapes and sizes — thin, thick, pouty, and plump — the human lips are the two dainty fleshy folds of tissue surrounding the mouth and covering the teeth. The lips are naturally mobile and play a role in eating, sucking, whistling, and the articulation of sound and speech. Particularly in humans, the lips are a pinkish, hypersensitive sensory organ that forms an integral part of facial gestures like pouting, smiling, scoffing, and grimacing. Thanks to their suppleness, the lips are also used for erogenous and intimate acts like kissing.

The skin of the lip comprises three to five cellular layers which are uniquely more tender than the normal facial skin. Since the lips lack the security layer every other part of the face has, they dry out quicker and chap out, especially during extreme temperatures. It’s also possible for the lips to lose up to ten times more moisture than every other part of the face because of their vulnerability. This is why it’s important to take great, exceptional care of the lips to keep them moisturized, and looking attractive. Nowadays, many aesthetic products exist to care for the lips and protect them from chapping. Some of them include lip balms, moisturizing creams, and lipsticks.

Lips Appreciation Day timeline

40 B.C.
Cleopatra’s Cosmetic Pack

Cleopatra and other pharaohs of Ancient Egypt use beeswax, olive oil, and animal fat for skin and lip care.

1650
A Bill to Abolish Lipstick

The British Parliament proposes to ban lipstick.

1915
Lipsticks Get Sleek Packaging

Lipsticks in cylindrical containers are invented by Maurice Levy.

2007
A Shocking Finding

A U.S. consumer group discovers lipstick contains trace amounts of lead exceeding the Food and Drug Administration standard.

2018
Cannabis-Laced Lip Balms

Companies begin to add cannabis to lip balm for added benefits.

Lips Appreciation Day FAQs

What do the lips tell about a person?

Face scientists believe that the lips are one of our most important features. They can be used to determine a person’s look and personality.

What are the lips made of?

They comprise a surface epidermis (skin), connective tissue, and a muscle layer in typical mammals.

Why do lips darken?

Mainly as a result of lifestyle choices e.g. smoking, excessive exposure to sunlight, and failure to moisturize. It could also happen if you have an allergic reaction to a beauty product like lipstick.

Lips Appreciation Day Activities

  1. Protect your lips from dryness

    The lips are tender and deserve utmost care from dryness. Protect your lips with a lip balm or lipstick containing sun protection factor (SPF) ingredients that can protect them from carcinogenic UV rays.

  2. Exfoliate

    Get rid of chapped lips by exfoliating away the dead skin cells. Get some quality lip scrub from the store, you can just DIY with honey, brown sugar, and coconut oil.

  3. Massage your lips

    Another great way to appreciate your lips is to massage them for five minutes on Lips Appreciation Day and every other day. Apply nourishing oils — like almond oil, coconut oil, or olive oil — which provide valuable nutrients for your lips.

5 Fun Facts About The Lips

  1. Unique for everyone

    Just like fingerprints, no two individuals have the same lip impressions.

  2. More sensitive than the fingernails

    The lips have more than a million different nerve endings, and are, therefore, 100 times more sensitive than your fingertips.

  3. No sweat

    Lips don’t sweat because they don’t have sweat glands.

  4. They get thinner with age

    As we get older, the volume of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid in our skin depletes, making the skin — including our lips — thin out.

  5. There’s a name for the outline

    The outline of your lips — where the lips meet the surrounding skin — is known as the ‘Vermilion’ border.

Why We Love Lips Appreciation Day

  1. Gratitude for our lips

    Our lips perform many functions, especially the amazing job of protecting our mouths. Lips Appreciation Day reminds us that we should take at least one day of the year to thank them.

  2. Information for better health

    This day allows us to better understand the anatomy of the lips. Overall, they are delicate organs that deserve special treatment.

  3. Caring for the lips

    On Lips Appreciation Day, we learn amazing ways to treat our lips right. This is how we know how to give them the best care and attention to keep them in the right shape, look, and color.

Lips Appreciation Day dates

YearDateDay
2023March 16Thursday
2024March 16Saturday
2025March 16Sunday
2026March 16Monday
2027March 16Tuesday

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