This week, we celebrate International Kissing Day! While the occasion may have been instituted just for fun, it turns out that smooching can offer some legitimate health benefits. Think of a passionate kiss as a mini-workout – one known to benefit the heart, release hormones, and elevate mood. Consider these facts:
Kissing reduces blood pressure. Locking lips can get your heart pumping in a good way and help lower your blood pressure.
Kissing can help ease aches and pains. Have a headache or menstrual cramps? A good, old-fashioned make out session might be just what the doctor ordered. Kissing offers the power of blood vessel dilation, which can help ease discomfort.
Kissing reduces tooth decay. Yes, you read that correctly! Puckering up increases the flow of saliva in the mouth, which helps cleanse the teeth of plaque.
Kissing offers a micro facelift. Improved looks without surgery? We’re all for that! Muscles in your mouth, neck, and jawline are put to work with passionate kissing, which can tighten and tone the area.
Kissing makes us happier. Serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin – these neurotransmitters are powerful indicators of how happy we are. Similar to running or other exercise, kissing helps the body produce these powerful compounds. Next time you’re feeling stressed, sad, or run down, try connecting with your main squeeze for a boost.
International Kissing Day is the perfect opportunity to give your lips a bit of TLC. As with the rest of your skin, remember to exfoliate, moisturize, and protect. Actifirm Z-Peel offers gentle exfoliation for the entire face, including the lips. Moisturize with a rich product like Actifirm Renovation Cream, and don’t forget to protect with a sunscreen or lip balm with broad-spectrum protection of SPF 15 or higher. Happy kissing!
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