How To: Banish Dry Lips, Forever!
With the rise in skin care education and rapid growth in learning our retinols from our retinoids, along with the importance of applying a vitamin C and using an SPF, we’d no doubt graduate from skin school with first-class honours. But how schooled are you on the taking care of the skin on our lips?
The skin on our lips is much thinner than any other feature of our body leaving them exposed and unprotected to negative effects from the environment such as harsh weather conditions, pollution, UV rays etc. As a result of this they are often prone to dryness and dehydration bringing about cracking, chapping and sometimes infection all year round. Another aspect which adds to the vulnerability of lips is a lack of sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands are what protect and lubricate the skin however, where our lips do not have any is just another reason why it's important for us to take care of them.
To find out how to take care of your maintain your pout all year round and banish dry lips forever check discover our top lip tips below:
Stop Licking Your Lips
As much as it provides instant relief, NEVER lick your lips. Once the saliva evaporates, it takes any last bit of moisture and the lips immediately become dry. Furthermore, the enzymes in our saliva are too harsh for our delicate lips.
Drink Lots Of Water
Keep your lips hydrated by drinking lots of water, as much as your body and skin need their 8 glasses, so do your lips.
Following a healthy diet is great for your hair, skin and nails, and you can now add lips to that list. Vitamins and nutrients play a huge part in achieving a pretty pout so be sure to up your intake of fruits, veg, seeds and nuts.
Remove Your Makeup
Lips need to breathe; they do this best when they are free of any product. Make sure after coming in from a long day at work or a night out all traces of makeup are gently wiped away with a damp cotton pad or a muslin cloth.
Using a lip scrub 1-2 times a week will remove dry flaking and dead skin cells making sure your lips don’t surrender to infection. Avoid harsh scrubs with rough textures, remember this layer of skin is already vulnerable. Alternatively, you may just have the perfect lip scrub sitting in your kitchen right now. All you need is brown sugar, coconut oil and some honey or (agave) to help it stick, mix into a paste, then gently exfoliate your lips and wipe clean.
Butter Up Before Bed
While we’re asleep we can’t tell when our lips get dry and need some attention, the air around us also changes at night and we tend to lose moisture in our skin. Apply a heavy lip balm or a rich butter such as raw Shea butter to your lips before you sleep to give your lips that overnight protection.
Massage Your Lips
Indulge in a 5-minute lip massage using nourishing oils such as avocado or coconut oil using a cotton bud. This improves blood circulation in your lips and naturally adds fullness.
Apply A Lip Product Before Leaving The House
The good news is wearing lipsticks or gloss every day is beneficial. Since our lips have no natural protection wearing a lip gloss or lip stick gives your lips a layer to them. This layer protects your lips from dry air, sunlight and other outside factors.
Choose Products Which Are Formulated With Nourishing Ingredients
Become aware of what ingredients are in the products you buy. Look out for lip loving formulas that will nourish and condition your lips. Rich butters and botanical oils have many great properties which will hydrate and protect your lips helping them to become softer and smoother for longer. Our Natural Gloss lip gloss collection are formulated with organic raw Shea butter and organic botanical oils including meadowfoam and jojoba replacing moisture loss and locking it in giving you a healthy, polished pout.
Know When To Ask For Help
In some cases despite all the above your lips may still need help. If you have tried many of the tips shown and nothing has been no improvement it is time to seek professional advice and visit a doctor.