Your lips are important – they are a part of your face and their condition tells people a lot about you – people can tell whether you are the kind of person who takes care of themselves and they can even tell the state of your health. That is why it is important that you practice good lip care. Unfortunately, the skin that covers your lips is more delicate than the rest of the skin on your face. If you don’t take proper care of them they will become dry, chapped and they may even turn dark. To help you have soft, pink lips we have compiled a list of lip care tips.
- Your lips will get dry skin just like the rest of your body. It is important that you exfoliate them from time to time. There are many ways that you can do this. Some people opt to use commercial lip exfoliators that you can buy. If you don’t want to spend money there are many ingredients in your home that you can use to make an exfoliator. If you mix 1 teaspoon each of honey, baking soda and olive oil, for instance, you have an exfoliator that works perfectly well. Just apply it on your lips, let it sit for a couple of minutes, rub the lips gently and then rinse with lukewarm water.
- Your lips respond to extreme weather. When it is very hot they will chap and crack as they will when it is very cold. The only way to take care of them is to wear lip balm. Buy a brand that contains SPF.
- If you want to have fuller, softer looking lips all the time you have to hydrate frequently. Make sure that you drink at least 2 liters of water every day. Carry a bottle around with you so that you can sip often.
- When your lips become dry you may be tempted to lick them. Don’t; when you lick your lips you transfer saliva onto them and this dries very quickly leaving your lips even drier. The best thing to do is to apply a generous layer of lip balm.
- There are some lip balms that come in a pot and you may be tempted to by them. Avoid them because they call for the use of your fingers. This can transfer bacteria which can enter your body through cracks. Use lip balms in a stick instead.
- Even when you are in a hurry always wear lip balm beneath your lip stick. Lip stick often contains harsh ingredients that may damage your lips.
- If the air in your home or office is too dry you may end up with not just dry lips but a dry skin as well. To avoid this you should invest in a humidifier. If you don’t have one you can boil water in a kettle and let the steam settle in the room. When you go to bed at night run the hot water in your shower while the door is open so that the steam can get into your bedroom.
- If you find that your lips are peeling it is most likely an allergic reaction either to something that you ate or something that you applied on them. You should see a dermatologist right away.
- If you leave chapped lips untreated they may become chronic – they will chap whatever you try. The best thing is to treat them as soon as you notice that they are chapping. You can use a little olive oil on them every few minutes. As we already mentioned, avoid licking and biting.
- In the winter when it is very cold and windy your lips are highly exposed. When you are outdoors you should protect them by wrapping your face with a scarf.
- Some people’s lips will chap because of the fluoride that is found in toothpaste. If this happens you should try switching to a fluoride-free toothpaste and see if the chapping tops.
- If you suffer chronic dry lips you may have an underlying condition. Let your dermatologist have a look just to be sure.
- Your diet affects your lips as well as the rest of your skin. If you want to have full, soft lips it is important that you eat a balanced diet that contains all nutrients. You should include a lot of fruits and nuts as well ass vegetables. Contrary to popular belief, meat is good for you so make sure that you have a portion every day.
- Lastly, and many people don’t know this, kissing too much can hurt your lips. All the friction can cause them to become very dry and chapped. So yes, you are in love but you need to take care of your lips. Kiss for moderate amounts of time.
These tips should help you maintain soft, pink lips throughout the year.