During the winter, the elements can wreak havoc on our luscious lips, and I’m really feeling it since our temperatures have dipped into the negatives (yikes!). To help battle this, I have some tips on how to keep your lips kissably soft throughout the winter, and year round.
Tips to heal chapped lips, or keep your lips soft and healthy:
1. Drink Plenty of Water – Since chapped lips are mainly a result of dehydration, drinking enough water will help to eliminate your chapped lips.
2. Don’t Lick Your Lips – If you lick your lips, the saliva dries quickly, thus drying out your lips quicker, causing chapped lips. If you have chapped lips, and a habit of licking your lips, you need to work hard to stop this habit.
3. Limit Exposure to the Elements – Dry wind/air, and bright sun can cause dry lips, so make sure to use a lip balm that has sunscreen in it if you spend a lot of time outdoors.
4. Keep Your Lips Moisturized – There has been some words that petroleum based lip balms are not the wisest choice when it comes to chapped lips. It’s been said that it does not allow the skin of the lips to breath, therefore causing more dehydration of the cells, which in turn leads to more chapped lips. Your best bet is to go with natural products and remedies that include natural butters and oils (I will list some below that work wonders).
5. Exfoliate Your Lips – This will help to get rid of some of the dry skin, and moisturize in the process. Below is an all natural, oh so yummy exfoliant you can make yourself:
Use once-twice per week (Over exfoliating can cause damage to sensitive skin cells)
Once you have exfoliated your lips, and need to apply lip balm. You want your lip balm to use natural ingredients, so here are some of the ingredients you should look for:
- Shea Butter
- Cocoa Butter
- Coconut Butter or Oil
- Almond Butter
- Jojoba Oil
If you don’t have any lip balm around, you can use one of these everyday items from around your house, such as:
-Coconut Oil applied straight to lips works wonders, without being too greasy
-Lanolin (yes, the stuff used during breastfeeding) when applied at night, you will wake up with soft lips
-Aloe Vera, which we already know is great for skin, can be applied to the lips to help make them nice and supple again.
-Cucumbers, known as a wonderful spa treatment for minimizing puffiness, can also be used on your lips. Cucumbers are more than 90% water, so they are great for hydration.
-Make your own lip balm. Check out Angry Chicken for a great Homemade Lip Balm!
If making your own lip balm sounds like a bit more effort than you are willing to put in, then here are some of the top natural lip balms out there:
Now that you know how to get kissably soft lips naturally, get out there and pucker up!
What do you do to keep your lips kissably soft?