Whenever someone looks at our face, eyes and lips are the first things they notice. Which is why you should never neglect the basic skincare needs of your lips. The skin of our lips is more delicate than the rest of the face. If exposed to dry weather, harmful sunrays, unhealthy lifestyle and ailments, lips turn pigmented, chapped and wrinkly, causing havoc on our overall outlook. Just a few minutes of everyday lip pampering can save you from all these worries. Here are our all-time favourite tips:
Coffee-olive oil Lip Scrub
Regular exfoliation is the key to soft pink lips. Dead skin makes our lips look more pigmented than they actually are. Scrubs work best on moist lips. So, cleanse your lips regularly after a 4-5 hour lip moisturizing treatment or overnight lip therapy. Multiple brands have come up with ready-made lip scrubs. You can invest in those or even make a simple coffee lip scrub at home. Take 1/2 teaspoon coffee and wet it with 8-10 drops of virgin olive oil. Scrub your lips with this for 2-3 minutes and then wash off. Don’t forget to apply your favourite lip moisturizer afterwards!
Shea butter is one of the most versatile skincare ingredients that contain plenty of fatty acids and vitamins. This nut-based butter is a killer remedy for dry and cracked lips. The thick creamy texture heals and prevents chapped lips. It also helps in retaining the moisture balance of your lips. This amazing plant extract cures sun damage induced darkness and dullness. Shea butter is a common choice for making commercial lip balm base. Keep applying unadulterated shea butter throughout the day to get baby soft lips in no time.
Coconut oil is an all-purpose moisturiser for your entire body. It is one such ingredient that can instantly make your lips look healthy and shiny. Aided with the essential fatty acids and antioxidants, extra virgin coconut oil creates a protective barrier on your lips against environmental damages like cold weather or lack of humidity. It also locks the natural moisture and makes lips look plump and firm. If you have pigmented or dark looking lips due to dryness, coconut oil can be your best buddy.
Honey-almond Lip Therapy
Looking for an instant lip plumping therapy? Try a blend of honey and almond oil. It will go easy on your pocket and give you the exact same result as any expensive lip mask. Honey is a treasure-box of emollients and vitamins. It lightens and brightens dark lips and works on severe dryness. Almond oil is full of plant-based fatty acids and vitamin E. Vitamin E enhances the healing property of fatty acids and emollient effects of honey. Mix 3-4 drops of honey with 3 drops of almond oil and use it on your lips as a lip balm. Apply 2-3 times a day for maximum benefits.
Aloe vera is a one-stop solution for many of your cosmetic skin and hair concerns like hair fall, redness or irritation, inflamed skin or pigmentation. The essential nutrient and vitamins present in aloe vera soothe the irritation and redness of chapped lips. It also nourishes and smoothes wrinkly dry lips. Aloe vera rehydrates the delicate lip skin and replenishes the moisture barrier. You can apply its gel directly but as it is light in texture you will need frequent reapplications to keep your lips moist. Mix a few drops of your favourite carrier oil to aloe extract and see the magic yourself. Coconut oil, almond, olive, castor oil practically any natural oil will do.
Glycerine-rosehip oil Lip Salve
When your lips are extremely dry, flaky or even bleeding, no regular lip balm or oil will feel enough. In that case, you need emollients like glycerine to create an occlusive barrier on the lip skin. Add a few drops of rosehip oil to the glycerine to increase its benefits. Rosehip oil contains vitamin E and skin firming micro-nutrients. Rosehip oil and glycerine combination is extremely effective on very pigmented and wrinkle-prone lips. Use this oil salve 2-3 times a day. You can also use it as an overnight lip treatment.
With these tips, you can kiss those worries goodbye with perfectly soft and pink lips.