Are your lips feeling dry, cracked and almost brittle to the touch? Sounds like you need a chapped lips treatment!
Just like the rest our skin, lips are affected by everything from diet to the environment. Dry lips can be both unsightly and uncomfortable, so it's worth learning how to prevent them as well as how to treat them. We're covering this and much more in today's blog post, so be sure to keep reading.
Causes of chapped lips
There are several different causes of chapped lips. Avoid doing the following things to help protect your lips from the elements and protect them from damage.
1. You spend a lot of time outside
Some of us are more outdoorsy than others, and unfortunately for the former, your lips are likely to pay the price.
Spending time in particularly harsh weather conditions - be that hot or cold - will damage the thin and delicate skin of the lips, and cause them to become chapped.
2. You don't use lip balm
Lip balm should be applied regularly, especially if you do spend a lot of time outside.
Our lips don't have oil glands, so they have no way of self-lubricating or moisturising, which is why we need lip balm.
When choosing a lip balm, invest in a quality product high in emollients which will help lock in moisture. Apply your balm soon as you get up and regularly throughout the day, and always, always take it outside with you.
3. You don't drink enough water
We're always being told to drink more water, and for good reason.
Dehydration impacts your lips too, and will cause them to become cracked and dry.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated, inside and out.
4. You're always touching them
Germs are not the only reason you should avoid touching your lips. Picking or even touching them will aggravate them further and slow down the healing process.
Another thing to avoid is licking your lips. Although this is tempting when they feel dry, the evaporation of saliva will actually dehydrate your lips rather than add moisture.
Try a homemade lip scrub
Are your lips crying out for some TLC?
If you want silky smooth, soft smackers fast, a homemade lip scrub is what you need. Today we're sharing 5 all-natural homemade lips scrubs that will treat those chapped lips in a flash.
1. Coconut & brown sugar lip scrub
Often, the most effective DIY beauty treatments are the simplest.
That's definitely the case with Amanda Cook's homemade lip scrub, which requires just two ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen cupboard.
Thick, silky coconut oil is combined with brown sugar to moisturise and exfoliate, making this a dual dry lips treatment. Plus, it smells amazing!
2. Pretty & pink homemade lip scrub
From the simplest of scrubs to the less so, is Beauty And Blush's gorgeous Pink Homemade Lip Scrub.
Have you ever been seen LUSH's lip scrubs? Well, that's what Yamini aimed to recreate with her recipe, and boy did she do a good job!
Using luxurious ingredients such a jojoba oil, olive oil, sea salt and honey, she's created a dry lips treatment that wouldn't look a miss on a store shelf.
This is pretty enough to gift too, so if someone's birthday's coming up, it could be just the thing.
3. DIY exfoliating lemon lip scrub
Fancy something fresher? Try this Lemon Lip Scrub from a Pumpkin & a Princess. It's fresh, fruity and contains just four ingredients.
This is another simple DIY that yields amazing results, and it looks pretty too.
Give your lips the nourishment they deserve and give this super scrub a go today!
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4. Vanilla dry lips treatment
There's another, less obvious benefit to homemade lips scrubs - they can also taste pretty good!
Whilst we don't recommend you go spooning your lip treatment into your mouth, we do encourage you to experiment with a variety of recipes until you find one you love.
One of our personal favourites is The Soccer Mom Blog's Vanilla and Honey DIY Lip Scrub, which tastes almost as good as dessert!
5. Manuka honey lip scrub
We're finishing off our list of homemade lip treatments with a super simple but effective recipe.
Manuka honey is a powerful anti-inflammatory and also has antibacterial and moisturising properties.
Garden Therapy teamed this miracle product with olive oil and sugar to create her scrub which will soothe and smoothen even the dryest and sorest of lips.
Apply a lip mask
Your lips will be smooth after all that scrubbing, but they may also be a little sore. A homemade lip mask will calm and nourish the new layer of skin and leave your lips looking brand new.
Lip masks are very much like face masks in that they provide an intense, usually hydrating and moisturising treatment. They've become extremely popular in the last year or so, with celebrities and beauty bloggers alike endorsing their benefits.
If a lip mask is something you'd like to try, head over to Byrdie to discover seven of the best you can invest in for super chapped lips.
Hopefully we've helped you get the softest, smoothest lips ever! We'd love to hear how you keep your smackers supple in the comments below.