Keeping your lips soft and crack-free is a constant battle. And as all folks with a constantly dry pout know, merely putting on lip balm is not enough to prevent chapped lips.
But the good news is, a little extra pampering is all you need to get that naturally pink, dewy pout.
Here, we’ve rounded up some super-useful and easy tips that will help your lips stay in tip-top shape. My super moisturized, supple, and smooth lips can personally vouch for every single one of the following tips!
Exfoliating regularly can alleviate a chapped pout and smooth out lip lines — those grooves and cracks etched on your lips that cause even the creamiest lipsticks to the crease.
First things first, make sure your lips are completely dry and clean, free of any makeup or lip balm. Next, grab your favorite lip exfoliant and swipe a dime-size dollop across your lips.
Now rub the product on your lips in small, circular motions for a minute. Remember to not over-exfoliate or scrub too hard, as the skin on your lips is delicate and can easily break. Also, rubbing your lips raw can result in a painful chap.
Finally, rinse with lukewarm water and make sure to follow with a hydrating lip mask or balm.
Keep your lips moisturized
Everyone knows it’s important to keep your lips moist. But the question is how?
Well, it’s simple. Keep applying a moisturizing lip balm frequently throughout the day. You can use a bit of it every time you use the bathroom, so you don’t forget. This is especially important during winters when you must protect your lips against the cold weather just like you protect your skin.
Plus, it’s better to apply lip balm when your hands are clean, which is why doing so after using the bathroom is a good idea because you’ve just washed your hands.
Another way to keep your lips moisturized is to drink plenty of water every day. Water is not only important for lips, but it’s also essential for your overall health, especially that of your kidneys.
Protect your lips from the sun
When it comes to sun damage, most people tend to focus on their skin and ignore lip protection when applying sunscreen. It turns out your lips can easily become damaged by UV rays from sun exposure, just like your skin.
This is why using daily SPF 15 or above — even on cloudy and cold days — protects your lips from sun damage and slows down the signs of aging.
It’s a good idea to use lip balm with an SPF ingredient because then you won’t have to worry about using sun protection separately. Reapplying sunscreen hourly to your lips will give you the best results.
Massage your lips
Lip massages help your lips stay plump and moisturized by improving blood circulation. Massaging your lips is particularly great after lip filler treatments because they help you avoid uneven distribution of the product. This ensures a good balance in your lip shape, fullness, and proportions.
Do not touch or lick your lips unnecessarily
If there’s one piece of advice you should take from this guide, let it be this. Never touch or lick your lips unnecessarily.
Yes, it might feel good for a moment as saliva hydrates your lips but once it evaporates, your lips end up even drier than before. The enzymes in the saliva are too harsh on the delicate lining of your lips. As a life-long lip licker myself, I know how hard it can be to stop. So here are a few great ways to help you stop licking your lips.
It’s also important to avoid breathing through the mouth when possible. As air comes into contact with your lips, it takes away the moisture, leaving them dry and cracked.
Finally, avoid kissing anyone with infectious lips (or skin). Lip infections spread rapidly and might leave your lips inflamed and dry.
Install a humidifier in your room.
We all know that dry air can irritate your lips. If you already live in a humid area, don’t worry about setting up a humidifier.
But for all the folks living in dry climates, installing a humidifier in your bedroom can go a long way in keeping your lips moisturized at night. A humidifier is especially helpful if you’re a mouth breather.