I have a friend who is always complaining about dry, chapped lips, but she never does anything about it beyond putting on waxy, chemical-laden lip balms. Many of those formulas have irritants in them that actually make lips drier. That’s why you can go through a tube in a week.
If you want to get soft, kissable lips before all of your inevitable mistletoe encounters next month, here’s the real deal. Dry lips are caused by water loss, which can be three to ten times higher on your lips than other parts of your body. Another factor is the sebaceous and sweat glands are almost non-existent on your lips. Add all of this to dry indoor heating or harsh winter weather and you’ve got a formula for cracked, painful lips. Instead of covering it up with balms, prevention is the best best. Try these easy solutions and you’ll have pillow soft lips in no time.
Brush your lips when you brush your teeth. This is a quick, effective dry lip treatment that can be done during your regular oral maintenance. It exfoliates your lips while increasing circulation. Simply use a damp toothbrush to gently brush back and forth over dry lips. You can use some olive oil, to make the brushing smoother.
Make an at-home lip scrub. This is an easy, dirt cheap and fun DIY project. You can even make it a bonding event with your kid if she or he would like to play in tasty food items (who wouldn’t?!). Just blend a gentle exfoliant, such as brown sugar, or very fine coffee grounds (2 tbsp of either or 1 tbsp of each) with 1 tbsp of your favorite oil (olive, coconut, castor). You can stop there and have a perfectly fine lip scrub, but adding fun factors like 2-3 drops of essential oils (stay away from citrus oils as they can be irritants) or honey (works as an humectant to draw moisture to your lips) spices up the fun. Store your lip scrub in a tiny glass container with a lid and use it whenever your lips need a special treat. Follow with a natural lip balm.
Drink lots of water. Since loss of moisture is a component of dry lips, be sure to keep your body hydrated with the recommended eight glasses a day. If water bores you, mix it up with some unsweetened herbal teas.
Use nurturing, natural lip products. Lip balms with toxic ingredients and irritants don’t do your lips any favors. Neither do those all-day lipstick formulas that such every ounce of moisture out. Opt instead for Eve Organics' natural, vegan lipsticks that do more than add color. With rich ingredients like mango butter, avocado oil and jojoba seed oil, your lipstick can make you look gorgeous and treat dry, chapped lips. If glosses are more your thing, there are equally good choices here, too. If your lip gloss doesn’t have castor oil, raspberry seed oil and shea seed oil, you need to toss it. There are better options today.
What tactics do you use to get kissable lips before the holidays?