There is nothing more unattractive, or as painful as having lips that are dry,chapped and sore. A situation that gets considerably worse, as the year grows colder. I’ve had my fair share of painful dry lips (thank you harmattan) and here in Dubai, it gets worse during the colder months due to the lack of humidity, and the frequent sun exposure. So to provide relief from this horrid experience and ensure that you’re able to get your matte lips on this season, I’ve listed below, some simple diy solutions that will help you get your gorgeous lips back in no time.
4 simple DIY solutions for chapped lips
You should aim to exfoliate your lips at least once a week, with a gentle lip scrub. There are various scrubs today on the market, to suit just about anybody but if you don’t feel like shelling out cash for that, you can always make yours. Making your own beauty care products, is about the easiest way to keep toxins out of your body, not to mention it’s super easy. So today, I’m going to share with you, a really simple recipe for a diy lip scrub.
What you’ll need:
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1tsp olive oil
- ½ tbsp honey
- ⅛ tsp vanilla extract
- A mixing bowl
- A small container
Using the mixing bowl, add the Honey and sugar this would act as a gentle exfoliant, to remove dead skin.
Add the oil and vanilla the oil provides moisture while the vanilla adds that sweet fragrance. mix all ingredients until combined
Spoon mixture into a small container and store. To increase the shelf life, store container in the fridge.
One of the main causes of chapped lips, is dehydration. Our lips are the driest spots in our bodies, they lose from three to ten times more water than the face or other body parts. So it’s really important to stay hydrated by consuming adequate amounts of water daily to replenish the fluids lost. One way to ensure this does happen, is to always have with you, a water bottle filled with clean water and make a conscious effort, to finish it twice daily before your last meal.
Don’t Lick Your Lips
When our lips are dry, sometimes our first instinct is to lick them, please don’t! Not only is licking your chapped lips the worst thing you can do, your saliva actually dries out your lips, worsening the situation, and causing them to become even more painful and chapped. This is why it’s important to have a moisturizing lip balm on hand at all times so that whenever you have the urge to lick those dry lips, you reach for the balm instead.
Don’t forget to moisturize
It won’t do much good if you perform the above steps but forget to apply a nourishing lip balm afterwards. Leaving your lips ‘naked’, will worsen the situation. A fail proof method, is to always carry one with you that has beneficial oils as well as SPF 15, and is free from irritants such as menthol, camphor or heavy fragrances as those do more harm than good. My absolute favorite lip balm, is the label lo lip balm in cherry, which I’ve been using for the longest time and with great results. It is soothing and long lasting, without being too greasy. I have a tube of it in every bag I carry. I also use Vaseline when I don’t have my label lo with me.
- If you have chapped lips, avoid spicy and salty foods, they irritate the lips and make the healing process longer.
- After washing your face clean, apply some lip balm to make sure those lips get some extra hydration.
Those are my go to tips for battling chapped lips. Don’t forget to let me know in the comments, what your go to solutions are.