When it comes to beauty products, lip care choices are often limited to lip balms and lip scrubs. But there are creative ways to keep the lips plush, full and pink without spending hundreds of dollars on beauty products! Even better, you can do these lip care techniques in the comfort of your own home:
Hydrating the Lips
Hydration is critical in keeping the lips full and soft. Here are our recommendations to keep those puckers nicely moisturized:
Applying Lip Balm at Night
Make it a habit of applying lip balm just before you go to bed. We guarantee that you’ll wake up to amazingly soft, plush lips the morning after! Our recommendation is a deeply hydrating, emollient lip balm that draws moisture in. Such product will lock moisture deep into the skin layer while conditioning the epidermis. Go for lip balms made from natural nut butters and waxes and avoid those made with petroleum jelly.
Plant Oils for Smooth Lips
You don’t have to purchase a pricey lip balm to keep the puckers soft and hydrated. You can use plant oils like extra virgin olive oil or extra virgin coconut oil as a lip treatment. Again, smooth over enough oil to cover the whole lips before sleeping at night.
Drink More Water
This is a no-brainer, if you want to achieve supple, soft skin; you have to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. Drinking water helps keep the lips soft and full too.
Exfoliating the Lips
Just like any part of the body, dead skin cells accumulate on the lips. Dead skin cell build-up can cause flaky, dry lips! Keep the lips smooth and flake free by exfoliating your puckers once per week. Below are the best ways to keep the lips smooth and pink:
Make it a habit of brushing the lips after brushing your teeth. Don’t use toothpaste, though! Just use a wet, soft toothbrush to slough off dead skin cells on the lips gently. Finish off with a hydrating lip balm for fabulously plush, pink lips!
DIY Lip Scrub
Got raw honey and table sugar in the kitchen? Why not whip up your very own lip scrub? Combine a tablespoon of honey and half a tablespoon of sugar in a clean container. Mix together and pat enough of the scrub on the lips. With gentle, circular motion, rub the scrub all over the lips. Rinse the scrub and follow up with a good lip balm!
Protecting the Lips
Cold sores are painful lesions caused by the herpes simplex virus. Usually, cold sores crop up when you’re sick or hormonal. There is no cure for the virus but here are ways to accelerate healing. Apply a lemon balm on the affected area twice or thrice per day. Clinical tests show that lemon balm extract reduces redness and swelling, which are hallmarks of cold sores.
Never limit sun protection on the facial skin alone. You have to protect the lips from the sun’s damaging rays too! Apply a broad-spectrum lip sunscreen on the lips every time you head outside. Sunscreen will protect the lips from darkening and premature aging.