We tend to forget the care of our lips after all there are those several skin layers and they don’t contain oil glands to keep them soft and moist. With our winter season fast approaching here in Wisconsin thought goes into keeping skin hydrated and smooth. This also goes for lips exposed to the harsh weather. Not to worry give yourself a lip treatment.
Maybe you need to exfoliate here.
The Benefits of Exfoliating Your Lips
Alleviate chapped lips. Once chillier, drier, windy weather comes this is quite common. Other reasons may include irritating ingredients in skincare products, toothpaste and dental floss; or even the habit of licking your lips.
Helps smooth lip lines. If you’re seeing some lip lines exfoliating this area can help. Having those grooves and cracks formed in the lips can result with even the creamiest lipsticks creasing. Regular exfoliating helps these products glide on smoothly.
Lips will look full. Did you know with the decline in collagen as we age, our lips thin? Yes, because collagen is the protein that keeps all our skin looking plump. Through exfoliating your lips this encourages circulation and blood flow which promotes collagen production keeping lips full.
How to Exfoliate Lips
Try these four easy steps. It is best to do at night as this is the time your skin rejuvenates.
Cleanse your lips of any makeup or lip balm and pat dry.
Using a lip exfoliate (you can purchase one or make your own) a dime size drop will do, spread across your lips.
Apply exfoliate by rubbing in a circular motion for about a minute. The skin of our lips is thin and delicate, keep in mind not to use so much pressure.
There is now everything from balm pots to stick formulas on the market to purchase.
If you choose to make your own, go ahead and experiment with an ingredient from each category below you may find in your kitchen. You can also ad lib with extra ingredients like adding Manuka honey which contains antibacterial quantities as well as it moisturizes and soothes.
A granular ingredient may be used for exfoliation and emollient to hydrate.
- Finely ground white sugar
- Finely ground brown sugar
- Cinnamon (do a patch test this may cause an allergic reaction in some)
- Coffee grounds
- Ground oats or oat flour
- Jojoba oil
- Coconut oil
- Sunflower oil
- Olive oil
- Almond oil
- Avocado oil
I took 1 Tbsp. Jojoba oil and 2 tsp. coffee grounds and mixed this. It makes a bit of product, you should be able to store extra in the refrigerator for a couple weeks.
The granules really stimulate the blood circulation giving that tingly feeling and the Jojoba oil hydrates skin leaving it smooth.
How Often Do Lips Need Exfoliating?
Similar to exfoliating your face and body you can start out with a session a week and no more than twice a week. You don’t want to be too aggressive on this delicate area and cause more irritation if lips are already chapped and sore.
There’s no need to add this to a daily routine causing lips to dry out. After all you don’t want more flakes and irritation than you started out with. Lips (and eyes) are sensitive areas. You particularly don’t want to over exfoliate here leading to redness, swelling, sensitivity or bleeding. Not good.
You may want to look at your skincare routine (are ingredients causing irritation and lips to dry out?) you could be unintentionally irritating this area.
Sometimes other products may transfer to your lips, specifically cleansers. So when you exfoliate your lips use a hydrating, gentle cleanser. Also avoid the area while massaging in your treatment products (retinol) these can also dry out lips.
When lips regularly start to feel dry and flaky gently exfoliate away those dead skin cells. Not only will it slough off unwanted flakiness and improve discoloration it will keep lips silky smooth and promote collagen to make them plump.
If you still have persistent flaking you might want to consult your dermatologist this could be a sign of contact dermatitis or sun damage.
It only takes a minute to exfoliate dead skin cells and bring out a healthy, smooth surface.
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