Did you know that your lips don’t have any oil glands? So unlike the rest of your face, your lips cannot replenish their own moisture once it is lost. Dehydration, the winter cold, dry heat, abrasive face cleansers, alcohol, and other chemicals can all dry out your lips.
If you’re like me, then you probably deal with dry, chapped lips, especially in the winter. But there is no reason we should have to! End the cycle now with these easy steps:
1) Exfoliate: You exfoliate your face, and you should exfoliate the rest of your body, so your lips shouldn’t be any different. Keep your lips smooth by exfoliating them 1-3 times per week. You can purchase a lip exfoliant from some drugstores or specialty stores, like Lush Cosmetics Mint Julips Lip Scrub, or you can make your own.
To make your own lip scrub, simply combine:
1 tbsp brown sugar
½ tbsp oil of your choice (Vitamin E, Jojoba oil, or coconut oil)
2 drops of flavored extract (optional) (mint, vanilla, or almond are all nice!)
Mix these up and rub the paste on your lips, removing all the dead skin cells. Wipe off the excess with a tissue.
2) Moisturize: Once you have exfoliated your lips, it is important to keep them hydrated. If you are purchasing a lip balm, look for ingredients with humectant properties that grab moisture and hold onto it. Burt’s Bees is a good choice because it moisturizes AND protects. DIY remedies for moisture include aloe vera gel and honey. Just rub a little onto your lips. The aloe vera will soak in, and the honey can be licked off!
3) Protect: Contrary to long-held beliefs, petroleum jelly does not actually heal your lips. But it still has a place in your lip care regiment. Once your lips are in a healthy, hydrated place, you can use petroleum before you go to bed to seal in the moisture over night. Just don’t rely on petroleum as your primary lip care solution. Again, Burt’s Bees is a good option because it contains oils to moisturize and beeswax to protect. Licking your lips actually dries them out further, so resist the urge to lick and instead apply your lip balm whenever you’re feeling dry.
In addition to these topical remedies, staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and taking a complete vitamin that contains A, B, and E all help maintain moist, supple lips!
Start pampering your lips today. After all, healthy lips are happy lips!