Kissable lips are soft, plump, and smooth. Dry, cracked lips are anything but kissable and to be avoided at all costs. The weather is usually to blame for unsightly lips, although cold sores are another unwelcome culprit. In this guide, we look at a few quick and easy ways to soften and soothe your lips. Read on for some handy hacks!
Think about your daily diet. Can you honestly claim to eat at least nine portions of fruit and vegetables? Most people barely manage one portion!
Fresh fruit and veggies are full of vitamins and minerals, which is why public health officials are constantly reminding us to eat more of them. Of course, it’s not always easy to eat a broad selection of different fruit and veg, especially if you’re on a low income, but your skin – and lips, in particular – need essential vitamins to remain healthy.
Healthy lips require optimum levels of the following:
If your lips and overall skin health isn’t at its best, it might be an idea to take some vitamin supplements. Zinc is also useful for lip health.
Dehydration is the enemy of healthy skin. Not drinking enough water causes our lips to dry out and lose their plumpness. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water per day. If your lips are dry and you haven’t been outside in the cold, it’s probably because you are dehydrated.
Another trick to try if your dry lips are caused by living or working in a dry atmosphere is to plug in a humidifier. Humid air will feel more comfortable and ease a dry lips problem. Try plugging one in overnight while you are in bed.
Never lick your lips when they feel dry and cracked! That just makes the problem worse. Instead, keep a pot of lip balm in your pocket. Rub some into your lips during cold weather or if you’re stuck in an air-conditioned room for hours. Lip balm containing natural ingredients such as coconut oil and cocoa butter will keep them soft and smooth.
Lip masks are great for dry lips. You can make your own out of natural ingredients like honey and oatmeal. Other ingredients from your store cupboard that are perfect for a homemade lip mask include:
Alternatively, try this lip mask and see what a difference it makes to lip volume and smoothness.
For best results, leave a lip mask on for more than ten minutes. Treat it like a face mask, so put one on, relax for a bit, and then wash it off in the shower. You could even go for a full-on home spa treatment and apply a face mask and hair mask at the same time!
Dry lips look and feel unpleasant. It’s not a good idea to pick at the dry skin on your lips, as this will make them sore and could introduce bacteria and cause an infection. Instead, use an exfoliating treatment to get rid of dead skin and leave your lips feeling deliciously smooth.
Make your own lip exfoliant using sugar and honey. Apply the paste to your lips and rub it in gently. Wash off and see how soft your lips feel! It also tastes nice but try not to eat it all.
Look after your lips and they’ll stay smooth, plump, and a perfect canvas for your favourite lipstick!