Un-Chap Your Lips With These Tips
Chapped lips are something that no one wants to deal, but we’ll all have them at some point. There are many things that cause your lips to chap. Maybe you haven’t been providing them with an adequate amount of moisture because you simply forget to moisturize your lips. Or you might just have lips that naturally lack moisture.
The climate can also cause your lips to severely chap. The dry, winter air can be very harsh on all of your skin but it can be particularly harsh on the sensitive skin of your lips. If you are in a dry, cold environment you may find yourself with severely chapped lips in no time. Whichever category you fall under don’t fret, we are giving you a few simple secrets to un-chap your lips.
1. Invest In A Quality Lip Balm
One reason that many people experience dry, chapped lips is that they do not use an adequate lip balm. While you may be tempted to grab the cheapest lip balm that you come across this may be a grave mistake for your lips. Not all lip balms are created equally and not all lip balms are created using quality ingredients. You may be able to find a budget lip balm that works very well, but sometimes you get what you pay for.
You should look for a lip balm that contains ingredients that provide the lips with long lasting, penetrating moisture and ingredients that lock moisture into your lips. Ingredients like vitamins and natural oils, they will leave your lips soft and hydrated. You should also make sure that it includes barrier ingredients like petrolatum or dimethicone. These ingredients will stop the moisture from being pulled from your lips when you are exposed to harsh, dry environments.
2. Find Out What Ingredients Irritate Your Lips
Chapped lips aren’t just a sign that your lips are craving moisture; it can also be a side effect of an allergic reaction. Your flaky lips could be caused by a reaction to an irritating ingredient that was in your lip balm. Many people don’t realize that they can have allergic reactions on their lips, but it is important that you pay attention to the way that your lips look and feel after you use a new lip balm so that you can stay away from products that contain the ingredients that irritate you.
The ingredients that irritate some may not irritate others. One common lip allergy is to lip balms that contain SPF. While this is an ingredient that protects the skin from being harmed by the sun’s rays, it can be irritating when applied to the lips. Another ingredient that may irritate your lips is beeswax. Many praise beeswax for its natural ability to hydrate the lips but if you are allergic to it, this ingredient will cause the opposite reaction when applied to the lips.
3. Exfoliate Your Lips a Few Times a Week
Just like all of the other skin on our body, the skin on our lips is constantly shedding and renewing itself. While this process provides us with new, unblemished skin and helps to shed damaged skin sometimes the skin needs a bit of help with this process. When you exfoliate you are helping your skin get rid of old skin to make way for new radiant skin.
You can buy a scrub from the store or you can easily make your own at home with a few easy to find, natural ingredients.
Natural lip scrub recipe:
- 1 tablespoon of coarse sugar: This a natural exfoliator due to the rough texture of coarse sugar
- 1 teaspoon of raw honey: This ingredient will naturally purify and moisturize the lips.
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil: Coconut oil is a wonderful, rich natural moisturizer.
Don’t go overboard with exfoliating, if you exfoliate too often you can damage the skin. Exfoliating a few times a week will do the trick. Make sure to moisturize the lips directly after you finish exfoliating them.
4. Never Lick Your Lips
Licking your lips when they are dry is second nature to many people. Sometimes you do it without even realize what you are doing. On the surface it makes sense, you are using the moisture from your mouth to hydrate your lips. However, this practice actually causes your lips to become drier!
When you lick your lips you probably find yourself doing it over and over again and that is because you are not actually hydrating your lips. When you lick your lips the action removes the lipids that naturally occur in the lips to be removed which causes them dry them out. The skin’s lipids are the waxes, fats, and vitamins in the lips. They are our skin’s way of moisturizing itself.
If you follow this guide you are sure to have smooth, beautiful lips all year long even in the dead of winter. All you have to do is to invest in a high quality lip balm with non-irritating ingredients, exfoliate, and be sure to never lick your lips again!