With Winter fast approaching, us glamouristas have to switch up our skincare routine... an that includes paying extra attention to our lips! If not properly cared for, the cold, dry weather can chap and dry-out normally soft lips. There are several ways we can prevent this from happening with adequate internal and external care.
First, we want to ensure we are not dehydrated by being conscious of our water intake. Make sure you are drinking enough water, this will help not only your lips, but your skin and complexion... Your skin is your largest organ, so let's take care of it so it can take care of us! Water also aids in kidney function, as well as everything else... remember, water is essential! I know it's cold and during these times, it's easier to reach for a hot cup of coffee or cocoa, but make sure you're getting some clear liquid intake as well.
Secondly, be sure you are properly moisturizing and protecting your lips with a balm or salve. If you notice sticky lipglosses tend to make your lips peel, use them sparingly or try to avoid them altogether.
Lastly, exfoliate your lips once a week to remove dry, dead skin. I've seen lots of products on the market as well as homemade scrubs including sugar and balms, baking soda, salt, honey... I don't like the idea of using a balm because if that were the case, I'd just go with a manufactured scrub. The whole purpose of this was to be in total control of what I'm using on my lips (also, I'm not too keen on the idea of eating lip balm). Baking soda, as good as it is for your skin, again... if it's not in a cake, I'll pass. LOL As for salt, it can actually irritate skin, so I decided to skip salt altogether. Not to mention that the sodium draws moisture out, and well, that would be defeating the whole purpose, wouldn't you say? So I decided to stick with good 'ole sugar and honey... it's delicious, easy to work with, and by adding olive oil, you've got an excellent moisturizer and natural antioxidant.
The recipe below is one that works well for me, of course you can tweak it to meet your own individual needs. For instance, if you have oily skin, you might want to skip adding the olive oil to the mixture and opt for carefully dabbing it onto lips once exfoliation is complete... you have lots of options and the best thing is, it's fool-proof. Oh, and from one Fexi to another, did I happen to mention it's delicious? ;)
1- tsp sugar
1 1/2- 2- tsp honey
1/2-tsp olive oil
Oh yes... and this recipe makes quite a bit, so feel free to scrub everyone's lips in your household or simply do a fraction of the recipe. ;)