Creams, body lotion, scrubs, oils, but we forget our lips! And we shouldn’t, because we use our mouths to talk with, to kiss with and to laugh with! In this article I’m going to tell you how to get your kissable lips back, including homemade scrub. Especially with the change of weather, lips become dry and can crack (ouch!).
There are a lot of lip balms on the market, but I swear by the brand Blistex. I have three different kinds, MedPlus, Classic lip protection and Tripple Butter. I always use the lip balm in stick form though, because I find the ones you have to apply with your finger unhygienic and impractical. The nice thing about this brand is that it doesn’t leave a bad taste in your mouth, and it stays moisturized for a long time. In addition to providing care, they also protect your lips from drying out.
The MedPlus lip balm tingles a little when you apply it, and smells a little minty. This balm is really meant for cold temperatures, but works great if your lips are very dehydrated and to restore them. The Classis lip protection is good for more normal temperatures and when your lips are not necessarily very dehydrated, but can use some care. The Triple Butter is a slightly softer and a more oily balm, and smells vanilla-ish. It stays on your lips for a long time, so you don’t have to reapply it constantly. It has a stronger moisturizing effect than the Classic lip protector from Blistex. And, another plus, they are affordable!
To give your lips a real boost, you can exfoliate your lips. You can buy them ready-made in stores, but you can also easily make your own. I’ve bought one myself, but even though it wasn’t “toxic,” it still had a chemical taste to it. So my preference is to make my own lip scrub. You can make it as crazy as you want, but you already have a good base with sugar, honey, some olive oil and cinnamon. Mix it until you get a thick substance. Put it on your lips while showering and let it soak in. After a minute, rub it gently on your lips and rinse it off. You will notice that your lips are a lot softer and that dead skin is gone. Don’t forget to consistently use your lip balm afterwards. Exfoliating beforehand and hydrating your lips afterwards will help to keep your lips moisturized and quickly repairs the skin.
Most importantly, exfoliate your lips regularly, about once a week. In addition, if you want moisturized lips, it’s important to apply it two times a day. I always do it in the morning and before going to bed so it stays hydrated in all night. During the day I use the MedPlus or the Classic, for the night I use the Triple Butter, because it stays oily for a long time and this keeps your lips moisturized all night long. If you don’t really have dehydrated lips, you can use a lip balm once a day.
In the sun
Not only do you need to moisturize your lips in cold weather, but just as much in the sun! Lips can burn in the sun. Choose a lip balm with an SPF factor of at least 30, and reapply every hour. I personally use one from La Roche Posay with SPF 50. So it’s not just a matter of moisturizing but also of protecting.
Stop biting on dry skin on your lips! This will destroy your lips, and recovery takes a long time. Also remember to keep your body well hydrated from the inside out with water and try to avoid dehydrating drinks like coffee or those drinks containing sugar.