Are you also facing the dry and pigmented lips like many girls out there??? Well, welcome to the club. Even I am one among those ‘many’. But with constant care I must say my lips’ condition has been improved.
These dry, flaky lips are annoying and they look really tacky. Now that I have tried and tested so many lip care stuffs and lip products(as you guys know), let me tell you some of the tips I use to take care of my lips.
You guys know, “Prevention is better than cure”. Let me start with the things which you need to avoid in order to stop making the condition of your lips worse. Here are certain things which causes dry lips.
- Licking your lips.:
I know when lips are dry we try to lick them to give them temporary moisture. But thing which might surprise you is, doing this will dry your lips even more. That’s because saliva evaporates quickly. Thus sucking the moisture out of your lips.
- Not drinking enough water:
Dry lips, skin and hair might be a sign that your body is screaming for more hydration inside out…!!! So now that you know your body’s signal, you know what to do.
- Applying matte lipsticks:
Matte lipsticks are tend to dry the lips. If you apply it on already dry lips, along with worsening the condition, they also highlight these dry cracks on your lips. Ahh I know, looks totally bad.
- Breathing from Mouth
Some people breath from mouth, that’s may be because they are allergic to somethings, they need more oxygen especially post some exhausting physical activities etc. While you breath from mouth, it tend to absorb moisture from lips, leaving them dry and flaky.
- Vitamin level
Dry lips can also indicate the level of vitamins in your body. If your lips are dry, it might be because you have too much vitamin A in your body or you are suffering from vitamin B deficiency.
If you are on some medications, let me tell you some medicines tend to make your lips dry.
- Sun damage:
Ahh you all know, how the exposure to sun rays causes dehydration. Lips are also an easy target.
- One more great message your dry lips are giving you is, you are not taking care of them well..!!! haha
Now, that we know what not to do, let me tell you some of the tips to follow and of course give you some valuable home remedies to scrub away those dry skin cells from your lips. After all, who doesn’t like those pink, soft lips. We all do right??? Read on to know the dos.
Drink loads and loads of water. This will improve not only lips, but also your overall health.
A good lip balm is a must for protecting your lips from getting dehydrated. Adding moisture with each application will make your lips thank you.
Just like you use body and face scrubs to exfoliate your body and face respectively, you need to use a mild exfoliating scrub to exfoliate your lips. Read the word ‘mild ‘ twice, because unlike our body and face skin, skin covering our lips is way too soft. Thus needs more gentle care.
There are multiple brands with some amazing scrubs. I personally suggest this scrub from the brand “The Forest Essentials”.
Well, if you are one among those who love trying out home remedies for the obvious reason that they have minimal or no side effects, I have a list of home made lip scrubs for you.
Let me start with a easier and super handy one. Yep, toothbrush. All you need to do is gently brush your lips for a minute. Don’t forget to wet your lips before brushing them. Because you want to scrub them not hurt them.
- Dry cloth:
Preferably cotton cloth is used for this. Wet your lips and post few seconds, rub the cotton piece of cloth against your lips gently. This will also remove the dry layer of skin.
- Almond oil and sugar scrub:
Mix brown sugar and almond oil. Apply this on your lips. Leave for a while and scrub the lips. While sugar granules remove the dead skin cells, almond oil adds moisture. Voila..!!! two in one work done..!!!
- Coconut oil scrub:
Being a south Indian, we use coconut oil for most of out beauty regime. I will tell you how to make the scrub. Mix coconut oil with sugar or with coffee powder. While sugar or coffee granules scrub off the dry layer, coconut oil adds moisture. I prefer coffee over sugar. Because it works like aroma therapy for me.
- Super moisturising scrub:
Honey is the most moisturising kitchen ingredient you can use for your dry skin issues. Mixing homey and sugar to exfoliate your lips will make your lips soft and moisturised at same time.
- Flavored Scrubs:
You can add different flavoring agents which you use in cooking. Like vanilla essence, bubblegum flavour etc. to make the scrub more interesting one.
Also, you must have heard about face masks. Just like those masks, we do have masks for lips…!!! To serve the same purpose. You can check the recipe of lip mask here, which I use on my lips.
So, exfoliation, masking and applying a good lip balm should solve your dry lip issues.
I hope these tips will help you. 🙂