Did you know that more moisture is lost through your lips than through anywhere else on your body? The reason for this is because the skin on your lips is much thinner than any other part of your face or body. This makes lips more vulnerable and prone to irritation.
The main cause of dry or sore lips is the environment. The sun, wind and extreme temperatures can all take their toll on delicate lips. Heating and air conditioning will also have an impact. With all these factors to take into account it’s not surprising that our delicate lips need a bit of extra TLC. So what can you do to achieve the perfect pout?
Apply a nourishing natural lip balm regularly throughout the day and also at bedtime. If you have sensitive skin avoid lip balms with a fragrance or flavour. Steer clear of petroleum based lip balms that create a barrier as they do not moisturise contrary to popular belief.
Make your own natural lip scrub to remove dead skin cells and soften lips at the same time. Sugar and coconut or olive oil (a teaspoon of each mixed together) makes a lovely exfoliating treat for lips. Rub in gently and leave on for a few minutes before wiping off to reveal softer more luscious lips. Alternatively use a soft toothbrush for gentle exfoliation (obviously not the same one that you use to brush your teeth).
The sun can seriously deplete the moisture in your lips and sun damage can even lead to cold sores. If you are planning to be out in the sun for long periods always apply a balm with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.
Your lips will not stay hydrated by constant licking even though it’s very tempting and we are all guilty of doing it occasionally but it will actually make your lips even drier as the moisture evaporates. Instead follow an inside out approach by drinking plenty of water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated. Dry lips can actually be a sign of dehydration so keep your levels topped up to avoid getting to that stage.
Wearing lipstick can have a drying effect on your lips especially if it’s of the matte variety. Opt for a moisturising lipstick that contains cocoa butter, shea butter or coconut oil. An alternative to lipstick is a balm with a hint of colour for a naturally 'nude' look.