Not many people will remember to take care of their lips. Whether it is sunburn during the summer or windburn during the winter, your lips need some love year round. WebMD has some helpful ways to make sure you’re taking the best care of all aspects of your smile.
- Look at the Label – Keeping a lip balm handy with 30 SPF or higher will keep your lips from having sun damage. If your lips are extra sensitive, stay away from the scented products that can add irritation and further dry out your lips. It is suggested however to use products that keep moisture in, including glycerin, mineral oil or aloe. Beeswax and lanolin also will soften up your pout!
- Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate! – Just like the rest of your body, it is important get rid of dead skin. While we don’t suggest using a harsh sponge or scrub, using a mixture of sugar and honey can quickly transform your lips from scaly and dry to fresh and fabulous. Dab a finger in the mixture and make small, circular motions on your lips. When you are done, use a damp cloth to wipe it away and apply a moisturizing lip balm.
- Stop Smoking – Studies have shown that smoking ages your skin. This includes your lips. The chemicals in cigarettes quicken skin cell damage, leading later to loss of collagen and the formation wrinkles. By quitting smoking and continuing to moisturize, your lips will leave you looking healthy and young.