Dry, chapped lips are the worst! With the arrival of winter, the problem can get out of hand. The dry air and bitter wind can be disastrous on your pretty pout. Don’t let the season get the best of you; check out these tips and beauty accessories to keep your lips kissably soft and smooth.
Prevent the winter burn
The skin on your lips has fewer oil glands, and it takes longer to replenish moisture than the rest of your body. Keep your lips from drying out by preventing exposure to the harsh, winter air. Pull your scarf over your lips before heading outside.
It sounds counterintuitive but licking your lips actually makes them dryer. Licking removes your lips’ natural oils, so when the wind and dry air draw the moisture off of your lips, they don’t have any natural protection left. Now, they’ll dry out even quicker.
Maintain and enhance
Drinking water keeps your entire body, including your lips, hydrated, so, be sure to increase your water intake during the winter months. It’s also good to exfoliate your lips once or twice a week especially during the wintertime. It helps remove layers of dead skin cells that can prevent hydration. Use a damp soft-bristled toothbrush or washcloth, and gently rub it over your lips a few times. Immediately follow with a hydrating lip balm – not just a pretty gloss because you want to repair your luscious lips with a comforting treatment.
Treat and soothe
Even with the best prevention efforts you can still end up with chapped or cracked lips. Treat them right by using a beeswax or petroleum-based lip balm. Pick one without color and flavor as some of those ingredients can be drying. Apply it several times a day and continue to stay hydrated and out of the wind.
You can also do a ridiculously simple lip mask. Just apply a bit of honey to your lips and let it soak for about 10 minutes then dab off the excess. That’s it! The honey is a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the air right to your lips. You can also mix it with a bit of powdered milk (great for soothing chapped lips) to create a paste. As a bonus, use this mask all over your face for about 10 minutes then rinse with warm water.
Have a warm and hydrated winter!