Our lips have the most sensitive and fragile skin on our body. That is why whenever the weather gets colder, our lips end up suffering the most as well. There are many in which our lips get abused such as applying lipstick every day. Being exposed to cosmetics, the polluted environment, and the harmful sun rays can cause our lips to become discolored, chapped, and sensitive to the point of pain. Our lips are also one of the most prominent features on our face which is why it is essential to take care of them in the best way possible. Here are a few ways to help take care of your lips:
1. Exfoliating is key.
Just like our faces, the skin on our lips can accumulate dead skin cells that can make them look chapped and rough. To bring back the soft and smooth texture of your lips, remember to exfoliate them regularly, at least twice a week. The act of exfoliation will boost the circulation of blood in your lips, making them recover and heal while also increasing the color. Use sugar and honey to softly scrub your lips but keep in mind to use a gentle hand.
2. Keep them moisturized.
You might have noticed how when the weather gets a bit colder or drier, your lips start getting flaky. That is because the lack of moisture in the air makes them dehydrated and they get chapped. To prevent your kips from becoming dry and flaky, use Vaseline to always keep them moisturized. That way, the weather would not affect your lips and keep them soft without peeling or flaking. Always keep Vaseline at hand and cover your lips with it constantly.
3. Lip balms are lifesavers.
Hardly anyone ever goes without using a lip balm, especially in winters. Lip balms contain ingredients including essential oils to keep your lips soft and SPF to protect their skin from sun damage that can cause discoloration. Nobody wants dry and chapped lips so keep a lip balm on your person at all times. Lip balms are not just easy to apply and carry but they can be used with or without makeup too. You can apply it over your lipstick to not only keep your lips soft but also keep your lip color glossy and last longer. Just remember to make it a habit of applying lip balm continuously throughout the day.
4. Stop licking them.
It is in every human’s nature to lick their lips when they feel a bit dry. When lips get chapped, it is the most uncomfortable feeling ever and that is why we try to provide them with a bit of moisture to keep them soft. But that is the worst thing that you can do to your lips. Our saliva contains acid which actually makes the lips even more dehydrated and chapped. So the first thing you need to do is to stop the habit of licking your lips regularly.
5. Matte lipsticks can be your enemy.
Sure, matte lipsticks can look amazing and make your lips look stunningly velvet. But matte lipsticks do more harm than good in reality. Their texture and formula are extremely drying which can affect your lips adversely. Matte lipsticks do not contain any moisture so applying them especially in winters can
make your lips chapped and dry. If you really want to apply them though then put on a lip balm first then apply them or look for ones that contain vitamin E or glycerin to keep your lips from drying out.
6. Remove makeup.
People nowadays have learned the importance of removing your makeup before going to sleep. If you go to sleep with makeup still on your face it can cause all kinds of skin problems including acne and spots. You should have a habit of removing every bit of product from your face, cleansing and moisturizing it before going to bed. The same goes for your lips as well. Before going to sleep at night, remember to remove any hint of lipstick or product from your lips. You can use a lip scrub or makeup removing wipes to do so.
7. Hydrate yourself.
No matter how many lip masks, treatments or balms you apply to keep your lips moisturized, it would all go to waste if your water intake is low. Lips require moisture to remain supple and beautiful. Consume enough water throughout the day so you do not get dehydrated which will have a direct negative response on your lips. Water is just as important for your lips as it is to keep your face hydrated and flawless. The more you drink, the softer and pinker your lips would be.
8. Stay away from lip plumpers.
Ever since Kylie Jenner got lip fillers, it was like every girl in the world wanted nothing more than full lips like hers. People started buying products and makeup items that could help them get a fuller pout. Some even tried using household items to swell their lips just like hers. But all these actions have consequences. The best care you can give to your lips is to stay far away from lip plumping products like lip gloss. They are useful and do make your lips bigger temporarily but the side effects are more significant. People can get allergic reactions from such products which is why it is better to get a bit of botox in your upper lip from a professional. Botox is a far better and healthier option than lip fillers.
9. Overnight care.
You may be careful about the health of your lips enough to apply a thick layer of balm to them before sleeping but sometimes a lip balm is not enough. Our lips can dry up and get flaky during the night for which you should prepare. You could try some of the lip treatments or masks available in the market or you could get a humidifier. If you cannot keep a lip mask overnight then a humidifier could help a lot. Humidifiers make your skin soft and supple so keep one in your bedroom while you sleep.