When you apply a matte lipstick do you see it getting settled in the cracks of your lips? Is yes, then this is a clear sign that your lips need some extra care. The way to a clear and healthy skin includes exfoliation. We don't want a dull face, do we? Then why should our lips be treated any differently? Our lips also require exfoliation to keep it plump and pink. Most people are under the impression that taking care of lips means only gliding a lip balm over it. That is only half correct.
What good can a lip balm do for your lips if it cannot reach the deeper level of skin? The dry, dead skin cells sit on our lips as a layer. This is the reason behind our chapped lips. We need to clear the dead skin cell layer for the lip balm to work its magic. This skin of our lips is three times thinner than our facial skin. So it requires much more gentle care and nourishment.
WHAT ARE THE PROBLEMS OUR LIPS FACE WHEN WE DON'T EXFOLIATE REGULARLY?
For an important facial feature like our lips, we seem to pay very little attention for its care in our daily routine. Discoloured, cracked lips not only look unattractive but also cause a series of cracks the look-alike of a drought struck land. Apart from this, painful and irritating sensations are also a part of the problematic package. All of these combine together to ruin the natural beauty of our face.
Chapped lip is the mere tip of the iceberg of lip concerns. Some of the other common concerns are:
This is the most commonly faced problem on lips after chapping. Does your upper lip not match the colour of your lower lip? Or is the outer part of your lip darker than the inner part? A lot of people face this problem. This is called discoloration. It occurs due to lack of moisture in the darker parts. We keep licking our lips with the hope of adding moisture but it ends up drying our lips even more. These dry skin cells sit there on the more damaged areas of our lips and make it looks like our lips have 2 different shades and all the colours in between too.
- Lip breakouts:
We have noticed small breakout around our lips during fever. There are also called 'fever blisters’. Due to inadequate care of lips, pus filled small breakouts like the fever blisters can occur around our lips. This occurs because the dead cells clog the pores of the skin around the mouth and do not allow them to breathe. This clogging causes tiny bumps which can be painful.
- Cheilitis and itchiness:
When our lips are dry, we may notice patches of redness on and around the lips which are very sore and painful. Even a slight touch on that area causes a burning sensation. In some cases, the lip might also be quite itchy and irritated.
- Skin peeling:
Just like the skin on our face, the skin on our lips also peel. A part of the thin layer of the skin peels and the rest of it is still attached to the lip. This half hanging layer of dead skin cells cause painful burning sensation when it is tried to be removed or peeled further.
HOW TO EXFOLIATE YOUR LIPS NATURALLY?
How to exfoliate your chapped lips - DIY homemade lip scrubs for your pretty pout
We don't need to shell out big bucks to keep your lips exfoliated. The ingredients in our kitchen can do wonders like the drugstore lip scrubs without burning a hole in our pocket. After all nothing can take care of you like mother nature. Though we do need to keep in mind that our lips are extremely delicate and harsh products cause more problems than they solve. Read on to find out some amazing DIY homemade lip scrub recipes made with the easily found high performance kitchen ingredients.
This is the easiest and most useful lip scrub that we can prepare with just 2 commonly found ingredients. Mix equal amounts of ground sugar and olive oil in a bowl. Mix them well till it looks like a thick gel. Use your finger to apply it onto your lips in circular motion for 5-6 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. You can use coconut oil instead of olive oil.
- Honey and baking soda scrub:
Baking soda can take care of the outer part of your mouth just as well as it can take care of the cakes that go inside it. Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to 2 tablespoon of raw honey. Mix it well. Cover your lips with this combination and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Honey being a natural humectant will retain moisture in your lips and make it hydrated and soft during this time. Dampen the layer with water and massage it in circular motion for 2-3 minutes. The fine-grained baking soda will remove the small flakes of dry skin without being harsh on your lips. Wash off with lukewarm water and pat dry.
- Cinnamon and lemon lip scrub:
This lip scrub has multi benefits from the ingredients that make up the scrub. Mix 2 tablespoon of ground brown sugar and ¼ tablespoon cinnamon in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of olive oil to give it a smooth consistency. Then add 5-6 drops of lemon essential oil to it. Apply this paste on your lips and massage gently. Wash off with lukewarm water. Sugar is a natural exfoliant and cinnamon gives a cooler plump effect to lips. On the other hand, the lemon naturally lightens the lips and olive oil provides moisture.
Always apply a moisturizing lip balm after exfoliation to keep your lips hydrated and smooth. Check out our Antioxidant Lip Balm that helps seal and hydrate your lips while also protecting from the harsh UV rays and environmental free-radical damage. It does not require much effort to keep your pretty pout at its best. So remember the mantra of ‘Exfoliate and Moisturize’ for a bright smile that charms all!