Caring for Your Lips
We love to look good. And so, we invest enough time and money into taking care of ourselves, especially when it comes to the skin.
There’s one glaring feature on your face, however, that you may probably not be tending the way you should. It is your lips. I don’t mind saying that you should treat them as your delicate darlings. The skin on the lips is highly sensitive and so, needs to be looked after.
While chapped lips are most common in winters, they may turn sore any time round the year due to exposure to dry air or sun. Other troubles that you may often face with your lips include cold sores, bleeding and splitting.
Here are some simple tips that will help you to take care of your lips.
Befriend lip balms
A hydrating, feel – good lip balm is your friend in deed when your lips dry out. Get into the habit of carrying one whenever you step out. In fact, I suggest using it before you go to bed as well. Ensure that you use one, which is rich in Vitamin E and has a high SPF.
For those who like to use natural cures, you can apply raw milk or even ghee (clarified butter). Honey is another great moisturiser for the lips.
Your beautiful lips are trapped under a layer of dead skin cells. Use a scrub at least once every week to scrape them off. You may also use a mixture of olive oil and sugar for exfoliation. Trust me, this will work like magic, leaving your lips soft and supple.
It is important to wash away all that makeup from your lips before you sleep. After removing the makeup, apply a soft coat of Glycerine or Vaseline Gel for soft and smooth lips.
Touch ‘em not
Lips do not have any layer of self-protection. Never touch or lick your lips. Once the saliva evaporates, it will leave them bereft of moisture, and may even cause darkening of the lips.
This is a sure-shot solution for healthy lips. Vitamin A is especially important for skin health (including the skin on your lips). Make sure your diet includes Vitamin A-rich foods such as carrots, tomatoes, and green leafy vegetables.
Drink lots of water
Staying hydrated is the most important of them all! Make a conscious effort to drink good amounts of water daily. This will help keep your skin and lips moisturised from the inside.
Also, add high water-content foods to your diet, such as cucumber, watermelon, orange, grapefruit and lemon.
Be gentle. Take care. Put on a bright smile, and let your lips do the talking.
P.S. – I would love to hear from you. Why don’t you share your experiences trying out these tips?