Chronic dry lips is a condition many people struggle with. Proper lip care is an easy task to manage, but it’s often overlooked. Although caring properly for your lips is an important part of your overall skin health, not everyone knows how necessary it is. Keep reading for some tips on how to take care of your lips to keep them nourished and healthy!
What causes dry lips?
Unlike the skin on the rest of your body, your lips don’t have sebaceous glands to produce oil. The key to healthy lips is therefore using moisturising products to keep them hydrated and soft.
6 Ways to take care of your lips
Any time your lips feel dry is a good time to use a lip balm. Look out for products containing skin-nourishing ingredients such as vitamin E, shea butter or castor oil. Another great way to lock in moisture is to use petrochemical lip products (such as Vaseline).
2. Exfoliate regularly
If you have healthy lips, exfoliation isn’t necessary. However, if your lips tend to get chapped and dry, gentle exfoliation can help with that. This process also helps remove the top layer of dead skin cells so that your lips can absorb hydrating products more effectively. So be sure to prep your lips to get the most out of your products!
You can exfoliate your lips using scrubs or even a warm washcloth. The key is not to overdo it and irritate the skin. A great time to exfoliate is right before stepping out of the shower, as the warm water and steam softens the lips, prepping them for exfoliation.
3. Stop licking your lips
While you might instinctively lick your lips when they’re feeling dry, doing so ends up drying them out more. Excessive licking can cause irritation that leads to inflamed, sore and chapped lips. Try to avoid licking your lips unnecessarily (it often happens without us even realizing it!) and reach for a lip balm when your lips feel dry instead.
We all know that protecting your skin from sun damage is the number 1 rule in skincare. But people tend to forget to protect their lips. Skin cancer in this area can be particularly dangerous, which is why it’s super important to find lip products that contain SPF.
5. Avoid potential lip irritants
Certain foods and products can irritate the lips and dehydrate them. Caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate the skin, so try to avoid direct contact with your lips by using a straw instead. Just like the rest of your skin, your lips can react to certain chemicals. That’s why it’s also important to check what products you’re using and if they could be irritating the skin on your lips.
6. Add lip care to your daily skincare routine
Just like your neck, chest and the back of your hands should be part of your skincare routine, include your lip care as part of your daily routine too. Tap into the same skincare products you use on your face and neck to moisturise your lips. If you’re planning on using a face mask, invest in an overnight mask for your lips too. When moisturising your face, use a petroleum jelly to lock in hydration on your lips too.
DIY Lip Scrub recipe
Here’s a quick and easy DIY lip scrub that you can make at home using ingredients from your pantry.
- 3 teaspoons of sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of honey
- Vanilla extract (or any flavour of your choice)
- Pour sugar and oil into a bowl.
- Add honey next.
- Add vanilla extract for flavour.
- Mix everything together until ingredients are evenly distributed across the sugar.
- Scrub your lips gently in a circular motion for 2-3 minutes.
Wipe away with a warm towel or lick it off your lips (since it’s totally edible!).