When you are living in the frigid weather and that nasty cold, dry lips can be a real problem around this time of year. The skin on our lips is much thinner than the skin on the other parts of our body. This makes it easier to crack and chap if you don’t take care them properly. For those who have a problem with dry lips, here are some ways you can take care of them.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
All of us know the importance of hydration but have you ever thought about the benefits of water for your lips? Science proved that approximately 50 to 70% of our body mass is made up of water, including skin, tissues, cells and the organs. Lips have a thinner layer of skin than the rest of your body, they lose moisture easily. This is the reason why you need water to replenish the skin tissue on your lips and increases its elasticity, which delays the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. You should aim for eight to ten glasses of water a day if you live in a temperate area. In hot, humid areas, you will need even more. Try sipping water throughout the day rather than drinking a lot at once. You can also eat juicy fruits and vegetables like watermelon, lettuce, or tomatoes.
Dry, chapped, scaly lips can be a problem you have to deal with, especially during cold, dry weather. Exfoliation can help remove the dry, dead skin on the surface of your soft lips. Don’t need to spend much money on fancy lip exfoliation as you can make excellent lip exfoliation just from some simple items around the house! Mix one teaspoon of honey with two teaspoons of brown sugar. Use a clean, soft washcloth to massage gently the mixture onto your lips using a circular motion. Rinse the mixture off with warm water. Finally, pat your lips dry and apply petroleum jelly or hydrating lip balm to moisturize your lips.
APPLY SHEA BUTTER MASSAGE
Shea butter, a moisturizing oil extracted from the seeds of the African shea tree, adds the emollient to homemade and commercial cosmetics including lip balms, lotions and creams. It contains loads of fatty acids that help keep your lips well-nourished and ultra-hydrated. Shea butter also contains high levels of Vitamins A and E, which are essential for soft and smooth lips. In addition, research has shown that shea butter also has anti-inflammatory properties, and assists the skin in creating collagen. And since she butter doesn’t absorb UV rays very well, it has also been used as a natural sunblock for your lips.
SWAP YOUR PRODUCTS
If you are suffering from dry lips at all time but still using matte lipsticks, it’s time to switch to creamier ones. Matte lipsticks use more wax than oil to give the appearance of a flat, non-shiny look. Since less oil is used the wax tends to dry the lips out more quickly than a glossy or creamy lipstick. However, if you don’t want to put down your favourite matte lipstick, here is the best solution for you. You should cover your lips with a solid moisturized base to give them a fighting chance against dryness before applying the matte lipstick. To make sure your lipstick doesn’t bleed, let your lip moisturizer soak in completely before putting your lipstick on.
DON’T FORGET SPF
Sunscreen for lips often comes in the form of lip balms with SPF, which is great because it means we get moisturizing benefits along with the sun protection. According to a recent study, more than 60% of sunscreen users don’t protect their lips with a lip sunscreen or lip balm with SPF. However, there are many reasons you should wear sunscreen for lips! As you know, the outside environment can cause unsightly effects on your lips, such as dryness and chapping. Using a lip balm with sunscreen helps keep your lips hydrated and kissable. Lip sunscreen can also help repair redness, cracks, and other issues. It’ll seal in moisture and protect from the dry and cold air, as well as sun damage.