Usually, we do not pay much attention to lips so they tend to become dry and flaky. You color them up but forget to take care of them. But in reality, lips need much more attention than any other body part, the reason being they do not contain oil glands. This is why they need proper attention and care, especially during winters, to save them from dryness, cracks and even bleeding. The harsh winter climate strips your skin of its moisture, so you can imagine the harm it causes to lips that do not have natural moisture restore system. Our facial skin has oil glands that protect it from dryness but as lips do not have oil glands so we need to follow a disciplined routine to maintain their supple and soft feel. All you need to do is tweak your daily care regime a bit, and you are all set to combat winter dryness.
- First, it is very important to get rid of your dead skin from time to time so that new skin tissues get space to grow. To do so, you should weekly exfoliate your lips using lip scrubs. For the homemade scrub, mix one spoon of sugar with half spoon of honey, scrub the mixture on your lips for 1 minute and rinse thoroughly, followed by moisturizer.
- During the winter season, cold conditions contribute to lip chapping and dryness so after bathing or face wash, gently rub towel on your lips to avoid chapping and dead skin accumulation. You can do this activity every alternate day.
- Moisturizing is the most important factor in winters. You should keep a lip balm handy, carry it in your handbag and keep reapplying it after every few hours. Ideally, beeswax lip balms and petroleum jelly work best in healing dry chapped lips. At night you should apply ghee or honey to recuperate lips from the damage of harsh cold weather.
- Drink plenty of fluids to keep your skin well-hydrated. It does more good to your skin than the creams do.
- Most of us have a habit of licking or chewing our lips. Irrespective of how itchy your lips feel do not bite, lick or chew them. If you keep on licking your lips again and again this will aggravate their condition and can even cause bleeding. Plus, frequently touching your lips with hands may generate bacteria, which then could worsen lips’ problem.
- If you have a habit of wearing lipstick or lip gloss regularly, then use lip balm underneath or use lipstick/lip gloss with a moisturizing ingredient. And never ever forget to apply a moisturizer after removing your lipstick/lip gloss.
So these are some ways by which you can take care of your chapped lips this winter and get lips that are real fresh, soft, and attractive.