Chapped lips are most common in the winter when the cold, dry air dehydrates our skin. But winter isn’t the only season which spells trouble for our lips. Dry air, sun, and wind will equally dry your lips all year round. We go to great lengths to protect our skin, but too often, our lips get overlooked. Protecting the lips as you do your face is essential to maintaining a softer and suppler smile.
Here are some simple tips that will help you to take care of your lips:
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.
Hydrating your body also hydrates your lips. Keep a water bottle nearby to hydrate frequently. Be sure to drink at least eight glasses of water a day or the equivalent of half your body weight in ounces.
KEEP YOUR LIPS HYDRATED OVERNIGHT.
While we are awake we know when our lips feel dry out, but this could be a problem when you are asleep and the air around you tends to dry out your lips. Plug in a humidifier. It can replace moisture in dry indoor air, keeping your lips (and your skin) hydrated.
2. KICK THE LICKING HABIT
LIP SKIN IS DIFFERENT.
Lips don’t produce oil like the rest of your face, which is why they’re so susceptible to dryness. And if you’re a lip licker, that doesn’t help. It might feel good for the moment and feel hydrating for your lips. But once the saliva evaporates, it will leave the lips even drier because the enzymes in the saliva damage the protective barrier of the lip skin eventually leading to peeling. The enzymes in the saliva are simply too harsh on your delicate lips.
Keep a moisturizing and soothing lip balm in your pocket or your purse. Whenever you get the urge to lick your lips, reach for your balm instead. Look for natural wax balms enriched with hydrating ingredients like shea butter, almond, jojoba or coconut oils. These ingredients are rich in Vitamin E, which soothes and hydrates cracked lips.
3. REMOVE LIP MAKEUP
Your night-time lip care routine should include cleansing and moisturizing.
APPLY EYE CREAM ON LIPS FOR MOISTURIZING AND NOURISHING BENEFITS:
The delicate skin on the lips and around the mouth is prone to dryness, fine lines and wrinkles – just like the skin around your eyes.
4. EXFOLIATE AND TREAT
ANOTHER LIP MUST: EXFOLIATION.
Dead, flaking skin can ruin your smile, so be sure to exfoliate your lips just like you do the rest of your face.
5. PROTECT. PROTECT.
Just as the sun ages and damages the skin, the lips are just as susceptible. – even more so because they lack the melanin that protects against ultraviolet rays. Use an SPF lip moisturizer and/or lipstick every day, rain or shine, to protect your lips from the sun.
6. CHOSE THE RIGHT LIPSTICK
BEWARE OF NON-TOXIC LIPSTICKS.
Some lipsticks do more harm to your lips than good because they include a variety of potentially harmful ingredients, such as lead, retinyl palmitate, tocopheryl acetate, and several parabens.
TAKE A BREAK FROM MATTE LIP COLOR.
Although matte lipstick is all the rage, matte formulas can be drying. If you must apply matte formulas, swipe on a moisturizing lip balm before the application. Otherwise, go for more hydrating lipsticks with ingredients like Vitamin E.
7. FOLLOW HEALTHY DIET PLAN
BOOST YOUR DIET:
A good diet is essential not just for your skin but even for your lips. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables rich in minerals and vitamins, especially Vitamin B and C. These vitamins and other nutrients support the overall health of your lips and keep them moisturized and youthful.
Some nutrients also serve as antioxidants, which reduce the effect of free radicals on your cells. Making sure that you have the appropriate vitamins and minerals in your diet to offset these harmful substances can benefit your skin health overall, which will help to keep your lips looking their best.