Kissing is an important part of a passionate sexual encounter.

Why kissing really does get you revved up

Ever wonder what it is about kissing that still gets you so worked up, even after years with your partner? Somehow, this simple act can be every bit as stimulating in your 30s, 40s and beyond as it was back in your teens. But what role do passionate smooches actually play when it comes to your libido? One sex specialist based in Los Angeles has an answer.

In an interview with Health.com, sex expert Patti Britton, Ph.D., explained that kissing literally starts your engine well before the sexual lubricants make an appearance.

"Kissing accelerates the arousal process because it wakes up the nervous system, as well as the endocrine system, which produces all of those lust-fueled hormones," Britton told the source.

With that in mind, it's clear why playing a bit of tonsil hockey never seems to lose its appeal. So, eager as you and your partner may be to move things along in the bedroom, don't skip out on this important preliminary act. In fact, seeking out a natural lip balm may be just as worthy an investment as your favorite arousal gel! The Huffington Post recommends beeswax and soybean oil as alternatives to petrolatum-based products.

In fact, the winter months can be especially brutal for your pout, so pay an extra bit of attention to this area to give your sex life a boost. Avoid licking your lips and add a natural lip scrub to your beauty regimen to clear away dead skin and keep your puckers nice and supple.

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