How To Keep your Lips Beautiful
Just like the eyes, our lips also enhance the attractiveness of our face. Due to pollution and due to rampant use of harsh cosmetics, lips tend to turn dark and lose their natural beauty over time. And we are forced to depend on cosmetics even more. Its what you can call a chicken and egg story! It goes on forever and the end is never close. But what if you could find a few ways to break that cycle? Doesn’t that sound good?
To regain their natural color and beauty, here are some tips for beautiful lips which will help you regain the soft, luscious and kissable lips look.
Use Lipsticks Sparingly
Lipsticks are basically a mixture of wax, pigments, fragrance, oils and alcohol. And different kinds of wax, oils and pigments are used in combination to get the desired product. Chemicals as much individually are not the best option when it comes to prolonged contact with the body but when being we need to take additional care for the result may not suit us! Use lipsticks only when you need them the most. They contain chemicals, which are not good for your lips. Make sure you use Lipsticks with Shea butter, Vitamin E, jojoba oil etc that moisturize your lips. Go for a tinted lip balm instead of a lipstick for regular use, and brands like Nivea and Maybelline have some real good ones.
Keep Lips Hydrated
Water constitutes about 50% to 60% of our body approximately. It is but obvious then that maintaining the required percentage is but essential or the effects will show on your skin too. Your lips being the least naturally equipped for self preservation, they are the first to show the effects. To retaining the natural color of lips, it is essential to maintain hydration levels by drinking plenty of water throughout the day to retain the natural moisture of your lips, especially during winters when we often tend to drink less water, and dehydration is noticed. Also, add high water-content to your diet like fruits such as cucumber, watermelon, orange, grapefruit and lemon.
Avoid Licking or Biting your Lips + Moisturize
Saliva tends to further dry out the moisture on your rather than add to them.Dermatologists hence advise us not to lick the lips to keep them wet because in the process you are further drying them out and this can lead to darkening of the lips. Even the habit of biting lips should be avoided as there is the risk of damaging them, instead keep a moisturizing lip balm handy for application as it protects and conditions your lips.
Licking your lips and lip balm is an idiosyncrasy that a lot of people suffer from. This is a reaction to nervousness or stress. This might calm your nerves at that moment but the long term damage it does to your lips is quite harsh. It leaves them dry, chapped and even bleeding at time. The best way to avoid this is to first stop using flavored lip balms and secondly to make a conscious effort to adopt other means of relieving stress.
Use Lip Products with SPF
Exposure to the harsh sun rays can cause darkening of the lips. UV rays have the same damaging effect on your lips as it does on the skin. Always use lip products that contain SPF to protect your lips when you need to spend time outside during daytime. Many of the well-known brands are selling lipsticks, glosses and lip balms with sun protection.
Exfoliate at least once a week
Skin cells undergo a constant process of replacing the dead layer of cells on the outside with a fresh layer of cells. This is the process that keeps are skin soft and supple. But when this layer isn’t completely shed, then your skin looks dead and dull. The same things also happens with your lips.
Use a natural lip scrub at least once every week to remove dead cells and dry skin from your lips. You can mix olive oil and sugar and use this for exfoliation. Once you rinse off, apply healing lip butter or your favorite lip moisturizer. Surprisingly this one of the most favored of the beautiful lips tips.
Retain the moisture in your lips
Lack of moisture leads to a lot of our lip troubles. So being preemptive is a better path to pick. Spray some powder onto your hankie and hold it to your lips. press down slightly. This helps retain moisture.
Avoid wrinkling around lips
Wrinkling around lips happens due to sun exposure, age or smoking. If you smoke, then quit. That’s your only solution. But if the causes are either one of the remaining two, then you need to make sure that this area of your face is hydrated with a cream containing anti aging ingredients like retinol.
Get rid of cold sores
Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1. Wait don’t be embarrassed! About 90% of the people in the world have this virus in the dormant form. And when exposed to sun too much or when stressed out and sick, it rears its ugly head.
The best way is to prevent it.Use a broad spectrum screen at all times. But they still manage to rear their head, then use a lemon based ointment or cream.
Homemade beauty tips for lips
Soft pink lips are something that we all want. Here are a few tips you can implement that has no chemicals and can be easily done at home.
- Mix a little almond oil and honey; apply, massage and leave on your lips overnight
- For getting rid of dry and chapped lips, apply Vaseline mixed with olive oil 3-4 times daily.
- Lime juice + Glycerin mixture when used overnight on a regular basis helps to lighten the lips
Homemade Natural beauty tips for lips
Exfoliate your lips
Before you head to bed at night, apply a good quality lip balm. After waking up, use a damp washcloth or a toothbrush to gently rub off any dead or dry skin. This will also boost circulation to the area.
Try a homemade lip scrub
Using this recipe, you can exfoliate the thin skin on your lips with raw sugar while you lock in moisture with almond oil and honey.
One of the most common causes of dry skin is not drinking enough water. Getting eight glasses of water a day will benefit your body in lots of ways, and fuller-looking lips are an added benefit.
Check your medicine cabinet
Not all beauty products for lips are created equal. Lip balms that contain shea butter, cocoa butter, and coconut oil give your lips a natural barrier of protection from heat and pollution. But other ingredients, such as camphor, can dry out your lips. Make sure you also toss any expired products.
Use vitamin E
If you have vitamin E capsules, you can simply cut one open and apply the product right to your lips. Vitamin E boosts circulation and may help generate new skin cells, making your lips softer.
Moisturize with aloe vera
You can purchase pure aloe vera gel or even crack a leaf from an aloe plant in your home for this remedy. Aloe vera has soothing and healing properties, helping lips to look their best.
Use a berry-based lip scrub
Strawberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, which makes them a great ingredient for nourishing the skin on your lips.
Crushing up a strawberry and adding it to a honey and olive oil mixture is the basic recipe for this home remedy. Feel free to experiment with antioxidant-packed blueberry variations as well.
Wake up lips with citrus
Using a few drops of lemon juice, you can make your lips appear brighter and slough off dead skin. Just rub the lemon juice on to your skin and watch your skin brighten up before your eyes. Make sure your lips aren’t cracked or super dry before you use this remedy, as it may sting and make things worse.
Use natural plant dyes
If you’re going after an even lip color that’s slightly more reddish than your skin tone, natural plant dyes are a good place to start. They also won’t irritate or dry out lips like heavy lipsticks. Raspberry juice or pomegranate juice applied directly to your lips can temporarily stain your lips a pinkish color.
Limit exposure to toxins
Polluted air, smoke, and chemicals can prematurely age skin, making lips look dark or wrinkled. Habits like smoking can aggravate this effect and give your lip color a faded appearance.
Avoiding cigarettes and secondhand smoke can improve the way your lips look. Wearing a scarf to cover lips may also protect them from overexposure.
Take off your makeup before bed
Sleeping in your makeup isn’t good for your skin, and your lips are no exception. Even if there’s no visible lipstick or product on your lips at the end of the day, give them a gentle swipe with a makeup-removing wipe before you hit the pillow.
Try peppermint oil to boost circulation
Using peppermint oil on your lips may boost circulation to the area. It also provides a cooling sensation that can soothe lips that feel dry.
Mixing peppermint oil with a carrier oil, such as almond oil or coconut oil, makes for a luxurious DIY lip balm that you can reapply throughout the day.
Always prep before using lipstick
Even when you’re using lip color products that aim to minimize skin damage, it’s still a good idea to coat your lips with a primer to stop them from getting dried out before you put on lipstick.
Use a cotton swab or lip brush to prime lips with coconut oil or almond oil. Let it fully soak in before you perfect your pout with a swipe of your favorite lip stain.
Hope you find these beauty tips for lip care useful. Do let us know in the comments below.