Hello lovelies, how is everyone? Today’s topic is all about healthy lips. I will be doing some DIY scrubs and mask, but first I wanted to talk about do’s and don’ts of healthy lips, and some facts and info, so lets jump in shall we….
So our lips are very sensitive and endure a lot of wear and tear and we don’t even notice; eating, drinking, breathing, talking, kissing, etc. When our lips get chapped its from a loss of hydration of natural oils and lipids of the outermost layer which causes our lips to dry out and crack. It’s normal for lips to chap, but bad cracks can lead to infections, build up of fungus and painful sores— so taking preventive steps to keep lips healthy is always a good thing. Winter of course is the worse time for our lips, between wind, snow and lack of humidity it manages to wreak havoc on our skins barrier, going in and out of your home and buildings equipped with dry heat also sucks out moisture, you can combat this buy using a humidifier and applying lip moisturizer before bed. Chapped lips can also be caused by dehydration, excessive lip-licking, or allergies to beauty products. Dehydration can pull moisture from the lips, so it’s important to drink A LOT of water if you feel your lips cracking, even though it will be tempting, try to avoid licking your lips at all costs, because you lose more moisture when the saliva evaporates. There’s also a chemical irritation from your saliva which dries out the lips. This only makes them more itchy, so you compulsively keep licking them — and chronic lip-licking is a hard habit to break.Other things that cause dry lips are high-pigment matte lipstick and face cleansers or creams with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide that get applied around the mouth. Some medications can also cause dry mouth or chapping as a side effect.
Your everyday lip balm should be a combo of emollients (moisturizers) and protectants (wax) ; An emollient is a moisturizer designed to soften the lips and add moisture. “I recommend emollients with fatty and linoleic acids (shea butter, emu oil, coconut oil or olive oil).This combo provides the perfect barrier and moisturizing effect for continuous use. Wax is a great protectant the main ingredient should be an emollient that actually helps return moisture to your lips. “Antioxidants such as vitamin E are also helpful to decrease inflammation and sensitivity so chapped lips heal faster. And it’s always smart to alternate with simple petroleum jelly products like Vaseline or Aquaphor, they have large molecules and a silicone base so they don’t absorb, but they create a great barrier. Remember to reapply every 2 to 4 hours until your lips are healed. Remember when choosing a lip balm stay away from fragrance, flavor and color, yes they smell amazing but they can irritate chapped, flaking lips. You can always go back once your lips are healed completely. Lips can have a sensitivity to things like cinnamates (sweet flavor) which can make your lips dry and itchy, which causes you to reapply, also remember if a product ever starts to irritate your lips stop the use of it. Even though some people swear by waxy, menthol lip balms, they’re not the best treatment for dry, chapped lips.The wax creates a good barrier for the elements, and the combination of beeswax and menthol can cover up the burning or pain from the skin being chapped. This is great for the short term, but it won’t help chapped lips heal. So if you’re super dry, you’ll just end up covering the problem and reapplying over and over. It might feel like magic because the menthol gives instant relief, but you need an emollient to heal your lips. Also just because it says “healing” doesn’t mean it’s true. Basically, the “medicated” label is all marketing — there is no one ingredient or group of ingredients that makes a balm medicated. It could be menthol, vitamins, antibiotics, or a numbing agent. Many will contain 1% hydrocortisone, a steroid for redness and inflammation — but topical steroids shouldn’t be used all the time, only for temporary treatment. You can also become addicted to lip balms. This is usually the case with wax-based and menthol lip balms or ones with fragrances or active ingredients that are more likely to cause irritation. Over time, regular use can make your lips too sensitive and dry to form their own natural barrier.
you become “addicted” to your lip balm because it provides temporary relief. But as you continue to reapply, you continue to irritate your lips and cause sensitivity — it’s a hard cycle to break. It’s also possible to become addicted to medicated balms, since some active ingredients can actually make your lips more sensitive and prone to cracking.Likewise, many people can have a mild allergy to an ingredient in their lip balm and mistake an allergic reaction of dryness and itchiness for the normal symptoms of chapped lips. So they reapply constantly, which creates a bad cycle of irritated lips. Something else to remember with dry, chapped, flaking lips is DO NOT pick the skin off your lips, it means you are forcibly removing skin cells that aren’t ready to fall off, you’re really just causing a small wound, bleeding, and swelling, which makes it more difficult for your chapped lips to heal. If your lips don’t seem to be healing it might be time to see a dermatologist.
Now lets look at some of my favorite lip balms, lip masks and scrubs, then I’ll do some DIYs.
Favorite Lip Balms:
- ChapStick Total Hydration 3 in 1 lip care (Coconut Hydration)
- ChapStick Total Hydration Vitamin Enriched Lip Oil
- Sun Bum Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF30 (Coconut)
- Aquaphor Healing Ointment
Favorite Lip Mask:
- Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (Original) [LANEIGE Lip Mask Review]
- Jouer Overnight Conditioning & Repairing Lip Mask
- Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (Natural-Clear)
- Aloe Vera & Coconut Oil Overnight Lip Mask (DIY)
- Sephora Lip Mask (Rose)
- Sephora Hydrating Lip Mask
Favorite Lip Scrubs:
- ELF Cosmetics Lip Exfoliator (Coconut)
- Tarts Pout Prep Lip Exfoliant
- Lipstick Queen Lip Restore Scrub
- Brown Sugar, Honey & Olive Oil Lip Scrub (DIY)
- Soft Baby Tooth Brush
- Sephora Refresh & Prep Lip Scrubber
You can also use some common things you may have in your house for dry, chapped lips. You can use Aloe gel (organic store bought or fresh), Green Tea Bags ( place bag over lips and let sit for 10 minutes), Cucumber slice ( let sit on lips for about 10 minutes), shea butter, coconut oil, castor oil, honey (antibacterial properties. Let rest on lips for 5-10 minutes then rinse off) and remember to drink water and stay hydrated.
DIY Lip Mask:
- ¼ cup of Aloe Vera Gel (store bough organic)
- 2 Tbsp of Coconut Oil
- Mix together until well blended and transfer to jar or other container.
- This mask helps soften and repair dry, chapped lips. The app Vera helps moisten dry skin and the coconut oil helps soften lips and rid dead skin when wiped off.
DIY Lip Scrub:
- 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Honey
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- Mix together and apply to lips and scrub lightly, then rinse with cool water and apply a lip balm or mask.
Remember to take care of your lips. Until next time…