Scaly, dry or cracked lips can be a big turn off and people often think you are unhealthy because of this issue. Dry lips are easy to fix, you just have to maintain them. Below is a few pointers that will help you to get smoother or softer lips.
Homemade remedies that can soften the lips
With the use of petroleum jelly or a combination of sugar and honey is often enough to soften your lips. Here is what you will have to do. If you are using Vaseline, apply a thick coat of Vaseline or a good brand of petroleum jelly onto your lips. If you are using a sugar and honey combination, use one part sugar with two parts honey, to make a small amount of paste and then apply that paste onto the lips. Then, you will have to use a warm or slightly hot towel to firmly wipe down on your lips. The pressure shouldn’t be too gentle and it shouldn’t be too firm either.The idea is to exfoliate your lips in such a way that the dead cells will disappear off your lip. You can use the above-mentioned procedure a couple of times if you have a particularly difficult problem with dry or chapped lips.
However, you shouldn’t overdo it as your lips can easily bleed if you apply too much pressure. The pressure should be light enough to allow the dead cells to roll off your lip, not tear them out. After using the exfoliating methods mentioned above, apply a lip balm that will add moisture to the lips. Make sure you use a therapeutic lip balm and not a chapstick as they are two different things. You can maintain your lips by repeating this procedure every two days or so if you have a recurring problem with dry lips or cracked lips.
Soft lips are important assets, so we should always maintain the lips because they are not much different from the body, both require special care. Lips can be chapped until blood appears, and dead skin peeling off can also hurt. There are some tips you can use to get soft lips as well as preventive measures against all the problems described above about lips.
Below are some lip softener recipes that you can try at your own risk at home to get the lips soft and healthy.
Sugar and salt scrubs
Mix sugar and salt together and add a few drops of water so that they melt.
After melting, apply the finish combination to fingers and rubbed it unto the lips in a circular motion. Once finished wash/rinse mouth with warm water. This scrub is used to remove dead skin cells that exist on the lips and to make it softer.
Scrub sugar and olive oil
Add a few drops of warm water to sugar for it to melt. After melting, apply evenly to all parts of the lips in a circular motion. After a few minutes, wash with warm water. Dry lips and apply olive oil to moisturize the lips. This recipe is not much different from the first, and it will help to get the lip soft as well as moisture.
Honey and sugar scrub
Dissolve the sugar with honey to taste and rub into the lips in a circular motion. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. The use of honey is intended to get the lips soft and moist naturally.
Honey and lemon
Prepare beforehand a little sugar, add honey and lemon to taste. Dissolve the sugar with the honey that was prepared. Mix a few drops of lemon juice (lemon juice can be used as a substitute for lemon). Once it is ready, apply evenly over the lips and rub gently, this will remove all the dead skin, wash with warm water. This method is not only intended to remove dead skin, but it can also be used to increase the moisture of the lips.
The above recipe is very simple and easy to follow, in addition to the four tips above it is completely safe to apply on your lips without fear of side effects in the future and it is chemical free.
How to keep lips soft in the long run?
To get rid of the cracked lip problem in the long run, please follow some of the tips mentioned below:
- Avoid licking your lips. Licking your lips will actually dry it out and not moisturize it
- Don’t become addicted to lip balms and moisturizers. You must give your lips a chance to naturally moisturize themselves
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and eat a healthy and nutritious diet. This will keep your lips healthy from the inside.
- Dry lips can sometimes be a symptom of vitamin deficiencies, like a deficiency of vitamin B for example.
- Take vitamin supplements when that is the case
- Avoid exposing your lips to hot water when you take a shower
- Use lip balm immediately after exfoliating your lips with the methods that were mentioned before
- Don’t bite your lips
- Avoid wearing lipstick as much as you can as certain brands can dry your lips out, causing them to eventually crack.
- Heat, as well as cold, can contribute to dried lips. If you are going into very cold or very hot climate; apply lip balm before heading out, as it will protect your lips.