Chapped lips are painful and unattractive—no Bueno! If you are a chronic dry lip sufferer and are wondering how to kick it once and for all, we have a couple of tips that might help! Say goodbye to dry lips this year and hello to soft, moisturized, kissable ones!
1. Drink more water
This might be a no brainer, but it’s still worth saying. Dry lips are a result of poor hydration, and often, it can tell you simply haven’t had enough water. More water is always a good idea as it helps improve your skin and helps you lose weight! When it comes to your chapped lips, ask yourself, “am I drinking enough water?”
2. Stop licking your lips.
This is a little counter intuitive because it seemingly makes sense that licking your lips would help with the dryness. While licking your lips might offer temporary relief, the truth is, all it does is further dry out your lips. Your saliva is not moisturizing, in fact, it contains enzymes designed to break down your food, which probably means it’s not the best way to hydrate your lips.
3. Invest in a lip scrub
Exfoliating your lips with a lip scrub can help get rid of all the flaky, dry, dead skin on your lips. You might be tempted to peel off the dry skin, but don’t! This will only cause cuts and soreness in your lips. A lip scrub will leave your lips soft and supple, and you can even make one at home with brown sugar and coconut oil!
4. Avoid Matte Lipsticks and Be Choosy about lip balms.
Matte lipsticks can be incredibly drying, precisely due to the nature of the formula. Matte lippies are designed to be shine-free, which requires the removal of moisture. This means avoiding them if you have chapped lips and using a lip balm under it if you must wear matte lipstick. Speaking of, check the ingredients in your lip balm. While lip balm might seem helpful, some of them contain colors, dyes, and other ingredients that can irritate your lips. Look for balms with beeswax, Shea butter, etc.