All of us know how winter can bring havoc to your skin. It gets dry, cracked, flaky, itchy and so much. To help here are some effective tips to get soft and moisturized lips always in winter.
Things get worse for lips. They have very thin skin, are always exposed and face many adversaries. As a result, during winters they get so damaged and make us suffer.
That is why during winter we have to be so careful and follow thy rules of attractive lips.
You see when you bring change into your life, you bring change to your whole atmosphere including your looks even if it is the tiny delicate lips of yours. So, for a set of better petal-like lips get a better life.
Your body is 70% of water. All your organs, tissues, mechanism function on water, especially your skin needs water in its cell to stay hydrated. Lips are so thin that they lose their moisture faster and becomes dry. They also get damaged as they are most exposed to the environment. Consuming plenty of water keeps them hydrated by replenishing the lost. It keeps the lip healthy and plushy.
Biting nails, lips are a very bad habit. It is not only unhygienic but also damaging. It makes them appear shabby too. Stop biting lips continuously. You damage the cell as you press your lips against your teeth, you squeeze out the moisture, making it vulnerable, cut them with your sharp fangs. Their appearance is disturbed so is their health.
Many have the tendency of licking lips too. When lips get dry people lick them too, you see moisturize them but it does the opposite. When you lick a coat of your saliva does cover your lips and gives momentarily hydration but it gets evaporated quickly and the acids in the saliva irritate the skin more. So, no licking.
If you have bad habits like smoking or drinking it will be better if you cut it and throw it out of your life completely. Both the habits damage your organs a lot that they cannot function properly and destroy the appearance as well.
Coffee is like the elixir of working life. Morning just does not get started with a nice cup of aromatic coffee and also to pass the full day few more sips of coffee is needed. But, unfortunately enough dehydrates making your inside lose water. So, control its intake too.
Nose to Breath
Though we all know that nose is the organ to use for breathing sometimes many people out of habit use mouth to breath. Stop doing that as it dries out your lips and mouth.
If for some reason your lips and the area around the mouth is getting excessively dry then take a notice on your toothpaste. Try changing it. Many kinds of toothpaste dry the skin a lot.
If you are having severe chapping and cracking of lips then avoiding spicy food for a while because they too dry out the lips and irritate them a lot. Salty food does the same too.
If dryness, cracking or chapping seems to occur then do not waste a single moment and try to heal it as soon as possible.
The skin has a cell turn over the system in which new cells are relieved. You see every cell has a lifespan. For skin cell, it is almost 2-3 weeks. After that, it dies and new cells take over. The dead cell on the surface naturally sheds but sometimes as we age our ability of naturally shedding goes down.
That is why we need scrubbing. Same goes for lips. It may be a small area but its cells die and new cell takes place, new, rosy, soft, silky, smooth ones. To make the process easy we can help by scrubbing it off for them. But, lips are a very delicate space. It has to be done gingerly.
Find a soft-bristled toothbrush, maybe the one used for babies, and rub it on your lips very gently. Once in a week or twice is enough. You can dampen your lips a bit too.
Homemade Sugar Scrubs
It is the most viral scrub online now. Why will it not be? It is easy to prepare, it looks good, it is tasty, all the ingredients are easily found and one more tiny detail, it works! The scrub is sure a hit. People have been using it all over like crazy.
Sugar is skin too. Its sharp solid edges slough off the hovering dead cells when massaged on the skin top revealing fresh skin.
Take 1Tbsp brown sugar or white sugar will work too. Add in 2Tbsp oil and with other things of your choice and mix it. Your tasty lip scrub is ready. Do not eat it if the oil is not food grade. Apply a little bit on the lip and massage it gently. Rest can be stored in a dry cool place. For flavoring, you can also try to play with 1 or 2 drops of essential oils in it.
Try adding 1Tbsp honey. Honey is great humectant that retains the moisture, antibacterial, softening moisturizing product that does no harm to the skin.
For oil, there is a glorious range of them coconut, almond, olive, walnut, castor, etc.
Or you can try fruits like kiwi, strawberry, blackberry, papaya, orange or tomatoes, mint, chocolate and so. Let us share a chocolate scrub with you.
- 3 tablespoons white granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (check it on Amazon)
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
- 1 small drizzle of honey
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl until a consistent paste form. If it gets too thin, add additional sugar; if too thick, add additional olive oil and honey. Can be stored in sealed container in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks. To use it apply a thick glob of chocolate scrub masque and leave on for up to 5 minutes. Rinse off thoroughly with warm water and apply a light coating of lip balm or petroleum jelly.
Now, what about something really refreshing. It can be used as a plumping agent too.
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon honey (check it on Amazon)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 drop peppermint oil
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl until they resemble a coarse paste. Store in a glass jar or lidded container. To apply, hold a warm washcloth over lips for 3-5 minutes to soften. Slather with minty scrub and let sit for 5 minutes. Wash off with a warm cloth and apply lip balm. Lips will be tingly, fresh and plump.
- 1Tsp honey
- 1Tsp olive oil
- 2Tsp grounded coffee
Just add them to a small bowl and store like previous ones. Coffee has a nice smell and many of us just cannot have enough of it. Grounded coffee granules give off a better exfoliation and it is known for improving blood circulation.
Lip balms are the best friend of your lips. There are not many people who do not carry a stick or container of lip balm with them. It is found in every household in different flavors suiting personal preference.
You can get something according to your taste in any departmental store or general store near your place. When you buy anything opt for natural ones. Read the list of ingredients, prefer natural ingredients like oils, butter, beeswax and avoid preservatives, menthol or camphor.
List of Ingredients to Avoid in A Lip Balm
- Flavoring Agent
- Artificial Preservatives
- Artificial Fragrance
- Lip Wax
You can also make your very own homemade lip balms that have your taste and goodness of natural skin safe ingredients.
Homemade Lip Balm with Cinnamon
Cinnamon gives out a ground nice smell mesmerizing you in the memories of past. Cinnamon is also a good ingredient for exfoliating your lips. It is natural lip plumper too. So, plump your lips every time you apply the balm.
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons beeswax pellets
- 2-3 vitamin E capsules (check it on Amazon)
- 3/4 tablespoon raw honey
- 15 cinnamon essential oil drops
- lip balm containers
- double boiler
- measuring spoons
In a double boiler combine the coconut oil and beeswax. Over low heat, stir until both are completely melted. Remove from heat then add the vitamin E’s liquid form by puncturing the capsules and squeeze, honey and essential oil. Transfer to lip balm containers. You’ll have about 5-10 minutes until it starts to harden. If you prefer a firmer consistency you can increase the beeswax amount and decrease the coconut oil. And if you prefer a more liquid balm, decrease the beeswax and increase the coconut oil.
Honey Lip Balm
- 1 tablespoon shea butter
- 1 teaspoon each: honey, almond oil, and olive oil
- 1 teaspoon grated beeswax
- 5 white chocolate chips
- 3-4 drops vanilla extract/ essential oil
- Lip balm container
Combine the oils in a small bowl and add the extract. Melt the beeswax in a microwave-safe bowl in short burst until almost melted. Add the chocolate chips and heat again until both are fully melted. Combine the beeswax and chocolate mixture with the oils and stir to combine. Quickly transfer to a clean container and wait for it to solidify. Put it in the freezer to speed this up.
4. Keep It Covered
Lips stay exposed to the environment, harsh weather, it does talking, smiling, eating, drinking, kissing and never stops. While they do their daily activities, keep sheltered under a layer of protection with something like thick emollient. Oils of coconut, almond, avocado, etc. can be used directly to protect lips. Or apply everyone’s favorite, trusted buddy for decades the star of lubricators ‘Vaseline’. Keep your lips under their protection and never miss the application at night. The night is the best time to heal and protect.
Vitamin E (check it on Amazon) is great for skin. It acts as a moisturizer, reverses premature skin aging, treats sunburns, lightens dark spots, acts as a cleansing agent, etc. Use it with vitamin C to provide protection from the sun too. Also, add it to your DIY. Vitamin E is very thick and greasy so it is great for using at night or during severe cold. It will heal and prevent cracking and chapping of lips.
Like the face, lips have their own tiny homemade mask tips too. Try them out once in a while.
Add milk and rose water. Or milk and turmeric and apply on lips. Let it sit for 5 minutes and wash off by scrubbing.
When the next time you make a beetroot dish, get some of its juice and apply it to your lips. Wait for 20 minutes or wash it after you have done the cooking.
For lips as soft, plump and red as tomatoes, tomatoes are a great idea right so whenever you do salad from now on with tomatoes make a paste by squeezing a bit of it apply on lips and wash off after 15 minutes.
Aloe is also a great ingredient to hydrate and prevent aging.
Applying lip liner, gloss, lipstick are very common and most women do it, even if you are not doing a full makeup on the face or going out many women apply lipstick for sure. Buy a safe brand. That will not hurt your lips better if it can protect your lips at the same time like by providing moisture or vitamins.
Humidifiers (check it on Amazon) are great for the dry season to the skin. They prevent your skin from getting dried and cracked. So, get a humidifier today. Keep the atmosphere of your room healthy for the skin.
Sunscreen for lips is equally and highly important for lips. Apply sunscreen or any other product like a balm, lipstick with SPF before going out in sun.
If nothing works then visit a dermatologist. It can be an allergic reaction or any symptom of illness. Pay attention.
Rose Petal-Like Lips
Only with proper care and products, you can keep your lips beautiful and healthy not only during winter but all through the year or for any event.