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Why Are My Lips Different Than The Rest Of My Face? — ‘The Why’

Welcome to the newest edition of The Why.  “Why are my lips different than the rest of my face?” you ask?  Good question.  (Besides, it beats answering the question: “Why do fat women refer to themselves as ‘curvy’ or call themselves ‘goddesses’ in personal ads?” Yeah, it’s one thing for men and women to use old pictures but how many goddesses do you know who weight 200 or 300 hundred pounds? Isn’t that more like two goddesses?)


Lips/Image: Microsoft

For our younger readers who have yet to cover this in school yet, let’s review.  As most of you already know, lips aid in forming various words. They help taste things.  They also often assist in creating and using facial expressions to, well, express ourselves. They’re also sensitive so they work quite well for kissing and nibbling on those to whom you are attracted.

Now, assuming the inquiring mind in question this time meant to ask: “Why are my lips a different color than the rest of my face?” then we have an answer.  Clay Thompson of The Arizona Republic has already researched the question. Without using too many scientific terms, Thompson explains:


Lips/Image: Cituzone

The skin on your lips is approximately three layers deep. The skin on other parts of your body is several layers deeper. So as Thompson explains “the blood vessels in those ruby reds are closer to the surface and more visible than those on, say, your soles.”

He adds: “Some say it has to do with sexual selection. Others say it isn’t so much sex as it is the fact that the color red just stirs some sort of macho feeling in males.”

Why are my lips different than the rest of my face? Now you know.

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About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.