6 Home Remedies for Soft and Smooth Lips This Winter
When it gets colder, the moisture levels in the air also drop, which means that the thin, sensitive skin on the lips can become dry and flaky. Try these natural remedies to soothe and moisturize flaky lips. You may already have some of them in your kitchen. Read on for 6 simple tips and home remedies that keep your lips soft and moisturized, even in stressful weather.
For you to feel good in the winter, it is not enough to put on a few extra layers of clothing before you go out. Your lips need a little extra love and care to stay soft during these dry, chilly months. Try these steps as part of your winter beauty routine for soft, supple and moisturized lips.
Avoid lip balm with menthol, mint or plump ingredients – they can irritate the skin and dry out the lips. The same goes for a matte lipstick. Because they contain more pigment and wax and fewer oils, they are more likely to steal moisture from the skin. Instead, you should nourish your flaky lips with nourishing ingredients such as beeswax, shea butter, moringa and Vaseline.
Tip: Choose a lip balm that combines moisturizing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid with emollients such as Vaseline to lock in moisture.
Moisturizers are ingredients that maintain the skin’s moisture levels by locking in moisture. The foremost of all moisturizing ingredients is aloe vera. This natural ingredient has unique moisturizing properties as it attracts moisture from the surrounding air. Aloe vera is a known remedy for severe sunburn and contains essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances that soothe and moisturize damaged skin and flaky lips.
Tip: Use a ready-made gel or invest in a natural alternative by buying aloe vera in the flower shop. Divide the leaves lengthwise and squeeze out the juice.
3. COCONUT OIL
The lips are more exposed to weather and wind than the rest of your body, and because the skin of the lips is so thin, it needs extra protection. Coconut oil is a natural emollient known for its moisturizing, soothing and emollient properties. It is also said to be able to counteract skin inflammation. New studies suggest that coconut oil protects the skin by strengthening its natural barrier. In addition, it smells and tastes good!
Recipe for homemade lip balm: Punch holes in two vitamin E capsules with a clean needle and drain the oil into a jar. Mix down 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and set the jar in the refrigerator to solidify the oil mixture.
Honey is a remedy for flaky lips that most people have at home. Despite its sticky texture, this golden nectar is intensely moisturizing. It is also rich in antioxidants and has antibacterial properties. Thanks to this, honey protects the lips against free radicals and infections.
Tip: Apply a honey and coconut oil mixture on the lips and let it act as a beneficial lip wrap overnight. Rinse the wrap in the morning to release soft, smooth lips.
This natural cure is hardly a surprise. You have probably put cucumber slices on your eyelids during spa treatments. Sometimes they appear in luxurious cocktails or as a seasoning in drinking water. Cucumber extract is also used as an ingredient in moisturizing eye cream. Cucumber consists of 90% water, contains plenty of vitamin C and soothing caffeic acid, and works wonders for the skin.
Tip: Mash a few cucumber slices and apply on the lips morning and evening. You can also rub your lips gently with a slice of cucumber.
6. GREEN TEA
Green tea is a super ingredient with a wide range of health benefits. Let a tea bag soak in warm water and rub the lips gently with the tea bag to remove dry skin and make the lips soft. Because this scrub is gentler than regular exfoliations, you can scrub your lips more often. The same goes for our fine-grained sugar scrub for the lips. Regular exfoliation softens the lips and makes the healing ingredients of the lip balm easier to absorb.
TIPS FOR DRY BABY LIPS
It can take a while to adapt to the world outside the womb, and therefore the winter cold can be particularly stressful for sensitive baby skin. Nourish your baby’s lips with a little breast milk, nipple cream or nourishing lip balm. Remember to choose an organic or natural lip treatment because the baby will absorb what is on the lips.
Tip: Apply any lip treatment just before bedtime so that it can be absorbed while the baby is sleeping.
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