Clearly, ” Dry lips lack drips “ AND drive me crazy! Lately I have been hyper-focused on the sad shape of my lips. I don’t even know exactly when it happened or the full understanding of why it happened.
My biggest culprit theory (besides a normal amount of aging changes) blames most of my outer body surface changes on Sjogren’s and my moisture deficits. But I’m not loving what I see when I look in the mirror. It was as if one day, I was the same old me that I’ve seen looking back at me from my mirror my whole life and then almost overnight, it changed.
Suddenly I had (what as a child, I would have described) as “old lady” lips. I have to use the child reference, since addressing my lips as “old lady” lips at my current age would indicate that I am now calling myself old. But if the description fits, wear it. So what exactly has happened, you ask? I have always had thin lips..but my upper lip has gone AWOL. I mean..it is almost totally gone when I smile..as if a sculptor only gave me an alien slit for a mouth. If that’s not disturbing enough..it is as if a switch was flipped and my mouth developed small, radiating wrinkles all around it (kind of like a picture of a sun with sun rays). Of course..the skin grooves that surround my mouth and nose have deepened as well. What the heck? I suppose I can blame a small portion of it on my small portion of Native American genes. And I will own the fact that some of my shallow youthful decisions drove me to what can only be described as an unhealthy “tanning” addiction. Add to that the internal moisture-sucking monster that is Sjogren’s Syndrome..or the remote possibility of a Scleroderma diagnosis…and perhaps I have arrived at some possible answers.
So what does one do for wrinkly, old lady lips? I’ve tried camouflage through lipstick. Just a heads-up..it doesn’t work! When you combine dry, wrinkly and/or flaking lips with lipstick, you get what I describe as: mosaic lip flakes. When I look in the mirror, my mosaic lipstick look generates a very specific response. The same type of response I feel when I see a woman who has clearly tried to put herself together, but either used a lip liner or her lipstick too heavily and looks somewhat like a clown. You know the look …” Aww, bless her heart..she tried”.
Yes, SjoDry definitely has a serious ” Lip Dilemma:. Of course I have tried all of the over-the-counter lip moisturizing products and chapsticks. I’ve even slathered my lips with coconut oil (that’s a great look too). Is this my lip destiny? I hope not. I really want my outside physical appearance to match my mental age..but I guess we all would like to have that. So I have decided to throw it out to you, my fellow Sjoggies. Do any of you have any tried and true lip remedies? SjoDry’s lips are in critical condition and need an emergency rescue! No ‘lip service’ allowed unless you swear by it. Send me your best lip-care secrets!
SjoDry and Flaky