One of the main things we suffer during these winter months is chapped lips. Isn’t it? Yes, we have the flaky skin on our face at times, dry and upset skin all around our body, but damn, those cracked lips are such a painful and worrisome part of winter.
Therefore, it is essential that we take good care of our lips especially in these winter months. Below are five tips to take better care of your lips, especially in the winter.
- Scrubbing is not the answer – Don’t think that aggressively scrubbing is the answer to all your skin miseries, especially your lips. I know how tempting it is to experience that immediate smoothness that your honey and sugar scrub, or olive oil and sugar scrub gives. However, for all you know, scrubbing your lips intensely, especially when they are parched and flaky, can actually do more harm than good. You could end up injuring your lips, the harsh scrub particles may cause minute tears in your skin. Did you know that the skin on your lips is about three times thinner (in terms of cellular layers) than your facial skin? So imagine what a horror you must be inflicting on your lips with those harsh scrubbing particles.
- Use a hydrating lip balm – Generally, if you notice parching on your body, would you aggravate it further by scrubbing it away, or would you nourish it with a good moisturizing lotion. The same principle holds good for your lips as well. Invest in a good lip balm, one with minimal but effective ingredients, and without unnecessary flavors and fragrances. Regular usage of lip balms can give you supple soft lips, whereas scrubbing could only further deteriorate your lip skin barrier.
- Reapplication is key – You may have bought yourself a wonderful lip balm, one with effective ingredients and without irritating fragrances or flavors, however you may find that it is still doing you no good. However, we ought to keep in mind that lip balms typically wear off much sooner than anything else you apply topically onto your skin. We smack our lips, we eat, we drink, we speak and so on, and hence, it is important that you reapply your lip balm at least three or four times a day, or as and when you feel the need to.
- Do not use matte lipsticks when you have cracked lips – We’re all fans of those extra durable twelve to fourteen hour long wear matte lip colors, aren’t we? However, in these winter months, at the end of the day they can leave your lips feeling dry and quite flaky to the touch. Instead, try and wear more buttery pigments or something glossy. Gloss lips are anyway the trend now. Limit the use of matte lips, and switch to something that feels more buttery smooth on the lips. However, if your lips feel smooth and supple at the beginning of the day, matte lipsticks should be all right.
- Overnight Repair – Our skin goes onto repair mode at night, so it is best to leave it with hydrating and moisturizing ingredients overnight, so you wake up with rejuvenated skin in the morning. Moreover, the same applies for your lips as well, do apply a generous amount of lip balm just before you go to sleep, and wake up to supple smooth lips in the morning.
Having all these points been stated, it is important to know that extremely cracked lips may take some time to heal. Please ensure to practice the above steps regularly to fasten the healing as much as possible.
Until next time !