Because they lack the natural glands to keep them moist, our lips need extra helpings of TLC – hopefully these tips will help your lips look and feel great all year round…
- Don’t lick your lips, our saliva contains acids that not only break down food, but irritate our lips. Continuously licking will also remove any of the lips natural oils.
- Invest in some decent lip balm or gloss – especially ones with an SPF 15 factor – reapply regularly, particularly if you’re outside for long periods of time.
- If you find yourself reaching for the lip balm more often than you think you should be, check the ingredients; lip products that are highly fragranced or that contain skin irritants such as menthol, camphor, peppermint or citrus can end up making your lips worse.
- If your lips are badly chapped, try using a gentle lip scrub; a home-made paste of sugar and honey or a clean, soft toothbrush will work just as well.
- Rub on aloe vera – Forever’s Aloe Vera Gel will help to relieve the pain and heal small cuts that occur with chapped lips.
- Avoid spicy foods and salty treats which can dry your lips out and drink plenty of water – hydrate from the inside out.
- Consider using a matte lipstick which usually lasts longer than sheer, satin or shimmering lipsticks and therefore doesn’t need to be touched up as frequently. However, a completely matte formula can be drying, and will require more preparation before application.