Skin is one of the toughest organs in our bodies and that’s why it serves as our first line of defense to ward off infections and keep the rest of our body cushioned from injuries. Yet, it is also highly vulnerable to our body’s state of health and the prevailing environmental conditions as well. It is too easy to neglect skin health and even more pitiful that our lips often get the least attention.
How to get beautiful lips
Audrey Hepburn defined her concept of beauty when she said: “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” We say, for great skin, try the naturally good looking complexion from a Cosmelan treatment. For beautiful, kissable lips, follow these top 15 tips to get rid of chapped lips:
Tip No. 1: Exfoliate. Keep in mind that your lips are part of your skin. Most women and men would perform regular exfoliation on their face and even scrub the rest of their body but, often fail to exfoliate their lips. Do this on a regular basis and don’t think that your lips are exempted when they’re super dry. In fact, when your lips are dry, that’s when it needs all the help it can get from exfoliation so as to facilitate faster skin cell turnover.
Tip No. 2: Use a lip balm with a minimum SPF 15. Since your lips are your skin too, daily sun protection is a must. UV damages your lips too so make sure that your daytime lip balm is formulated with a broad spectrum SPF 15.
Tip No. 3: Moisturize with an essential oil. When you apply essential oils on your skin, you won’t notice greasy surfaces. That’s because substances like olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil complement the skin’s structure and are, therefore, easily absorbed and assimilated.
Tip No. 4: Moisturize with petroleum jelly. If you need instant relief from the discomfort of chapped lips, just a thin layer of petroleum jelly would be soothing. What petroleum jelly does is to immediately restore moisture as it provides your lips with a shield to protect it from harsh environmental conditions and infections as it heals.
Tip No. 5: Help yourself to a lip balm with ceramides. The best moisturizer for dry skin contains ceramides. The same applies for your lip balm.
Tip No. 6: Don’t bite, don’t lick. Wetting your lips with your saliva will only make it drier. Biting on your lips will only cause it to bleed and develop wounds.
Tip No. 7: Don’t pick, don’t touch. The last thing you want is a lip infection. Refrain from holding your lips with your bare, dirty hands.
Tip No. 8: Physically protect your lips from dryness. Use appropriate clothing in winter. Use your scarf or the collar of your coat to cover your lips with. This should protect your lips from the dry and chilly winds. When under the sun and most especially in summer, use physical sun blockers like a broad-brimmed hat to cover your lips.
Tip No. 9: Use a humidifier indoors. Keep skin moisture from escaping into thin air by maintaining air moisture in your office and at home.
Tip No. 10: Don’t use matte lipsticks on regular days. Matte lipsticks tend to be moisture absorbent which is why you feel that your lips are always dry whenever you line it with a matte.
Tip No. 11: Drink plenty of fluids. To keep your skin and your lips hydrated, make sure to stay hydrated throughout the day. Stick to water, fresh fruit juices, and veggie smoothies.
Tip No. 12: Avoid acidic drinks. You need to stay hydrated but avoid acidic ones like lemon or orange juice.
Tip No. 13: Change your toothpaste. You may have an allergic reaction to common toothpaste ingredients such as sodium laurate sulfate, a foaming agent, and fluoride, which causes painful Canker sores.
Tip No. 14: Check the labels of your favorite go-to personal care products. Harsh ingredients leave your lips dry and chapped too.
Tip No 15: Skip salty foods. Chips, salted nuts, and other dried goods can dehydrate your lips even more so skip these foods while your lips are healing.
Chapped lips can be a major cause of discomfort of your overall skin health. Try these 15 remedies to put an end to your dry lips.