Chapped lips is a common concern for most of us during cold & dry winter months. As the winters are approaching it is very important for us to begin to care for our lips so we can keep our smiles soft & rosy through out this season.
WHY DO OUR LIPS CHAP:
The main reason for this is due to the absence of sebaceous glands. Lips cannot produce sebum like our skin,Â which makes them more prone to dryness. A very thin protectiveÂ layer of oil is present to inhibit moisture loss, but it is often removed due to various reasons.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON CAUSES:
1. Licking or biting lips
2. Dryness in the air
3. Spending long hours inÂ Air conditioned places
5. Reactions to lip products
6. Over consumption ofÂ spicy food.
Most of us have the habit of licking our lips without even realising, the enzymes present in our salivaÂ depletesÂ them ofÂ moisture. Having to spend long hours in anÂ air conditioned environment, consumption of caffeinated beverages, spicy foodÂ & increased levels of pollution lead to painfulÂ cracked lips. We usuallyÂ rely on commercialÂ lip balms & chap sticks to tackle the problem but most of them contain synthetic & chemical derivatives like petrolatum, mineralÂ oilÂ etc which do not heal chapped lips but only seal moisture, yet they can irritate the sensitive skin. The presence ofÂ tints can furtherÂ aggravate the condition causingÂ cracked lips to bleed or even allergies. Following a few easy to doÂ home remedies can prevent the problem altogether.
Caring for your lips is very simple & effortless.Â All you need to follow is scrubbing your lips thrice a week, to get rid of dead skin. Application of home made recipes at bed time to replenish & hydrate your lips. Lip balms can be used when you are outdoors to protect them from chapping.
RECIPE FOR LIP SCRUB:
1.Â Grind almonds to a fine powder, toÂ 1/2 a tsp of almond meal mix milk cream & apply the paste to your lips, gently scrub for 2 minutes. Wash off with warm water & follow with a lip balm.
2.To 1/2 tsp of rice powder add 1/2 tsp of almond oil, mix well & gently scrub your lips in a circular way. Wash off with warm water, the almond oil will moisturise your lips.
RECIPES FOR CHAPPED LIPS:
1.To 1/2 tsp of extra virginÂ coconut oil add 1/4 tsp of honey, stir it well & massageÂ all over your lips.Â You can eitherÂ wipe itÂ off or just wash it with plain water. This will provide hydration & protectÂ the sensitive skin. If necessary, youÂ may substitute coconut oil with rice bran oil.
2.Â Slit a Vitamin E capsule & add it to 1/2 a tsp of ghee, mix well & apply it to your lips before bed time. You can substitute ghee with butter ifÂ you dislike the smell of ghee.Â The rest of it can be stored in a small container & used up to a week. MakeÂ aÂ fresh batch every week.
There is an age old beliefÂ that applying ghee or mustard oil to your navelÂ before going to bedÂ canÂ cure & preventÂ chapping ofÂ lips.
These remedies not only heal chapped lips, but also moisturise, lighten pigmentation & protect them from further damage likeÂ wrinkles & allergies.Â If you follow few of these easy remedies religiouslyÂ you can bid adieu to flaky, dry lips & flaunt a sexy pout.
Also, few of my favourite lip balms are
- Maybelline New York Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm
- EOS Organic Lip Balm Sphere-Summer Fruit
- Burt’s Bees Lip Balm – Assorted Mix Gift Set Burt’s Bees 5 Items Kit
This is it for now, until next time KEEP SMILING!
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