Beauty

Heal Chapped Lips; Tips for a Permanently Soft Pout

April 21, 2015

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Chapped lips are painful and not a very pretty sight. I’m completely addicted to  chapstick, but it’s not always enough. There are lots of things that cause dry lips, but thankfully there are even more ways to treat them.

Why So Dry?
The most common reason for chapped lips is dry summer of winter air absorbing their moisture, but over exposure to sun in any temperature can cause dry lips and sun burn (yes, your lips can be sunburned!). If you’re not drinking enough water, dehydration will cause them to become dry and cracked. Your diet also has a role here; vitamin A, B, and C deficiencies make it hard for lips to stay soft.

The Cure
Rotate between these two methods once or twice a week; you’ll see the difference immediately!

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by Anne Schwank

Softer Lips Quick

  1. Wet a wash cloth with warm water and hold it to your lips for a minute.
  2. Gently begin to rub the cloth across your lips. This rubs off the dead and dry skin.
  3. Finish and apply lip balm (with SPF!).

Recipe For A Perfect Pout (my favorite!)

  1. Mix 2 tbsp of honey (or olive oil if allergic), 1 tsp of sugar.
  2. Spread the mixture on your lips and gently scrub. Make sure to get the edges of your lips too.
  3. Wash the salve off with warm water and apply your lip balm.

Tips To Keep Your Lips Soft

  • Drink water! Not only will this keep your lips moist, it’ll help your whole body.
  • Don’t lick your lips; when saliva evaporates it leaves your lips even more dry than before.
  • Choose a lip balm with good SPF protection.
  • Cracks at the corner of your mouth can indicate a riboflavin deficiency. Eat more tomatoes, beans and mushrooms to increase your B2 vitamin intake.
  • Aloe Vera heals and prevents lips from cracking.
  • Cucumber slices can help heal and cool chapped lips.
  • Make sure your diet isn’t lacking in Vitamin A, which is important for skin growth and repair. Eat your carrots!

Not even your favorite MAC lipstick can save you from scaly lips, but my Perfect Pout honey recipe will! Share some of your tips and tricks for fighting the chap below.

À la prochaine!
Salomé Luna Gemme