With the change of climate, it is important to moisturize the lips naturally.
The lips are formed by the same structure as the rest of the skin. Only the stratum corneum (the outermost layer)is much thinner. For this reason, the lips are very prone to lose moisture, cracking, and drying.
This is not only an aesthetic problem, but a painful condition as the lips break when smiling, eating, or talking.
Some suffer from dry lips during the winter months, while it is a chronic condition for others.
There are many natural ways to regain the healthy texture and color of your lips. Today you will learn some of the simplest and most effective.
Why do your lips crack?
In the winter, with the icy breeze, or in summer, if you use air conditioning, the humidity in the environment decreases.
This affects the skin but has a greater impact on the lips as these do not have sebaceous glands to protect them.
Use of inappropriate products
The impulse of most people who suffer from dry and flaky lips is to apply medicated lip balm in the form of a bar, which is achieved only.
The problem is that many of these products contain ingredients such as camphor, menthol, or eucalyptus that aggravate the problem and create a vicious circle.
Licking or biting your lips
While passing the tongue through the lips seems to alleviate the dryness problem immediately, saliva contains enzymes aimed at beginning the digestion of food, so they irritate the skin of the lips and steal moisture.
Lack of hydration
This is simple: if you do not drink water, it is noticeable on the skin, even that of the lips.
Makeup can be to blame for aggravating the condition of your lips.
There are matte lipsticks that steal lip hydration, while other glosses or glosses act as an oily layer that attracts UV rays and worsens damage to the skin of the lips.
How to avoid dry and cracked lips?
Drink enough water
Your body requires an optimal level of hydration, even in the cold months of the year.
You can use the best moisturizers and products for your skin and lips, but you’ll never get the full, soft, moisturized lips you want if you don’t hydrate properly.
You can supplement your water consumption with tea and infusions, but beware of excess caffeine, as it has a diuretic effect.
Beware of irritating ingredients.
Check carefully the ingredients contained in lip balm and other lip preparations.
Ensure they do not contain irritating ingredients such as menthol, camphor, salicylic acid, or cinnamon. I prefer natural products or simple formulas.
Use labial moisturizers
There are moisturizing ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid or ceramides (in fact, ceramides are very efficient for dry lips, as shown by this scientific study conducted on 30 people with dry and sensitive lips )
But to be effective, they must be accompanied by an occlusive ingredient, which helps conserve moisture within the skin.
Sleep with a humidifier
Especially in the winter months or when the environment gets too dry. This will do wonders for your overall complexion.
It is the advice that dermatologists will offer you to add moisture to the air and help the skin stay hydrated.
Exfoliation is your ally.
Removing dead skin from the surface will not only improve the appearance of your lips almost immediately, but it will help the nourishing and moisturizing products you apply to penetrate deeply and do their job efficiently.
To exfoliate the lips, you can also count on electric or manual facial brushes. Don’t miss this guide on these indispensable devices in your facial cleansing routine.
Remedies to moisturize the lips naturally
Keeping lips hydrated, soft, and full is possible if you incorporate some care routines.
These routines will be oriented to repair, moisturize and maintain, so I give you several remedies to choose the one that best suits your needs.
Anyway, I recommend you follow the complete regimen to get solid results.
They are simple remedies with ingredients that you surely have at home and very quick to apply.
Natural exfoliant for the lips
This exfoliant will help you remove dead skin from your lips. It will improve the appearance of your lips and allow them to hydrate more quickly. Be very careful, especially if you have small wounds. You only need petroleum jelly and some refined sugar.
Wet your lips to soften the skin. You can do this after brushing your teeth or washing your face. Take a cotton swab and cover it with petroleum jelly until it has a thin layer.
If you don’t have sugar, you can use coconut, jojoba, and even olive oil. Place refined sugar on a plate and cover the cotton swab with sugar. Rub it on your lips carefully, with circular movements. Clean up the excess. Apply your lip moisturizer.
Natural mask for soft lips
Combine honey with a little crushed papaya to create a mask that will keep your lips soft and hydrated.
Apply and let act for 20 minutes, remove, and finish with some oil to seal the moisture.
Lip moisturizing balm
This balm has nutritious, moisturizing, and occlusive ingredients that will help keep your lips soft and healthy.
- 1 teaspoon cocoa butter
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of almond oil
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of grated or pieced beeswax
Place the ingredients in a heat-resistant container that you have placed in another to make a water bath. This will warm them up a little to facilitate their union without boiling.
If you want it to have any smell, you can place some drops of natural essential oil. Pour the mixture into a container. Apply whenever you want.