Winter is here, so are chapped lips. Lips don’t have oil glands like other parts of the skin. Hence, our lips are more susceptible to drying up in the cold winter air than any other part of the body.
Struggling with dry, chafed, cracked lips?
Here a few winter lip care tips to keep your lips silky smooth this winter
Choose Your Winter Lip Makeup Wisely
Beauty experts suggest choosing a creamy lipstick over matte during winter. Matte lipsticks tend to make your lips drier. If you absolutely have to use matte lipstick, use Vaseline under it or over it to prevent your lips from chapping.
Our lips dry out ten times faster than the rest of the skin on your face so it’s really important to use extra protection. The best way to keep your lips from drying up is to use a colored lip balm.
Drink Plenty Of Water
The cold winter air has a significant effect on our lips. But, it may not be the only reason for dry lips. Staying hydrated throughout the day is beneficial for not only for your lips but your whole body. Incidentally, winter dehydration is particularly hard to notice as your body’s thirst response significantly diminishes in cooler weather. Don’t skip your 8 glasses. If you are totally averse to drinking water, try adding more fruits like watermelon and orange to your diet.
Use Chapstick/Lip balm
Using ointment-based lip balms will help to lock the moisture in your lips. They also help to heal cracks and broken skin.
Instead of buying only one and forgetting to carry it with you, buy a few and keep one in your purse, at your home, in your car, and at your workplace. That way, you will have one handy, whenever your lips feel dry.
Exfoliating your lips will help to keep it smooth and plump. Do it once a week and be gentle while you do it. Always moisture after exfoliating.
There are a lot of lip exfoliators available in the market. If you are not too keen on spending a lot, try natural DIY lip exfoliant recipes which are just as effective. Honey-sugar mixture is a very practical exfoliator. Massage the mixture onto your lips and leave it on for 10 minutes. Wipe it off gently with a wet cloth.
Do Not Pick On Lip Skin
Picking at lip skin and peeling it off will increase the dryness. Most lip pickers do not realize that peeling dry skin off lips is equivalent to peeling off a scab before it’s ready to go. Habitual skin picking is also a sign of underlying stress.
Wear Lip Balm Before Going To Bed
If you want to wake up with smooth lips, never forget to apply lip balm before bed. The lip balm will act as a protective mask throughout the night and will also heal cracked lips. Use a lip balm that has a good moisturizing effect. Plain Vaseline will also do the trick.
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