Lip Exfoliation 101
Lip Exfoliation 101
Learn How to Take Proper Care of Your Pout
The prime culprit in the case of cracked lips is a serious lack of moisture in the environment. The most important thing you can do to keep your lips looking lovely is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. During the day, be sure to apply a moisturizing gloss or balm to the lips once every hour or two. To ensure that you wake up with smooth, hydrated lips, slather on the petroleum jelly right before bed.
Just like the skin on your face, your lips can also benefit from a gentle exfoliation. While there are several products on the market designed specifically to exfoliate the lips (hello LUSH Sugar Scrub), you can achieve similar results from a mixture created at home. Simply mix coarse sugar with water, and gently scrub your lips until all of the dead, flaky skin is gone. Rinse lips to reveal an instantly smoother pout. In a pinch, you can also rub a wet toothbrush over the lips, using a circular motion to remove dead skin. Performing a gentle lip exfoliation every other day will result in wonderfully smooth lips.
If all else fails and your lips have indeed begun to crack or bleed, no need to fret. While the experience is a painful one, it can be fixed with intense moisturization. Opt for a healing or medicated lip balm, such as Blistex, and refrain from using any other products on your lips until they have completely healed. Do not attempt to pull off any loose skin—you run the risk of making your lips bleed and increasing the damage done. A helpful hint: the best way to keep yourself from picking your lips in the first place is to apply lipstick or gloss. This way, your lips look amazing and you won’t be tempted to touch your mouth, for fear of ruining your perfect application.
Optimal lip health is within your reach, with these moisturizing and exfoliating tips.
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