Winter can really wreak havoc on our skin and especially on our lips! Dry, chapped or peeling lips not only look unpleasant but can be super painful and bleed in severe cases!
Dry lips can be caused by harsh, cold winds, the pumping heater, not drinking enough water, even antibiotics/medicine you might be on.
Below are 3 easy things you can do to keep your lips smooth, soft and kissable during winter.
Exfoliating your lips is easy to forget but there are a couple of ways to do this. You can buy a lip scrub or exfoliator. (The Lush Bubblegum lip scrub is scrumptious, but not 100% natural). You can make your own lip scrub with household ingredients (See recipe below). Or simply gently brush your lips with your toothbrush while brushing your teeth! You should only exfoliate your lips 1-2 times a week.
Obviously lip balm is a must. However, another great trick is to use a face oil to provide extra nourishment and moisture to your lips. Simply take 1 drop of oil and massage in to your lips. This is best done of a makeup free day or before bed as the oil can tend to bleed on to the surrounding skin.
You may be on top of your SPF game, but do you use an SPF lip balm? If you're going to be outside remember to apply a lip balm with SPF. You may think that that SPF isn't necessary in winter but there are still harmful UV rays even when the sun isn't shining.
DIY CHOC VANILLA LIP SCRUB
- 1 tbls coconut oil
- 1 tbls sugar (white, coconut, raw, brown - just not castor)
- 1/4 tsp cocoa powder (optional - for taste)
- 1/tsp vanilla bean extract (optional - for taste)
Method: Mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Store in an airtight container.
As this recipe is 100% natural you can lick it right off your lips! YUM! This scrub will last longer if kept in the fridge and it's best to replace it every 3-4 weeks as no preservative is used. Make sure to keep scrub free from water and use clean fingers to apply.
Now, go kiss somebody.