Dry, peeling lips can ruin the effect of any lipstick. Here’s how you can keep them moist, soft and luscious. By Janice Sim
Just when you thought you’ve perfected your makeup for the day, you notice your chapped lips ruining your lipstick from gliding on smoothly. Besides the skin around our eyes, the skin on our lips are also sensitive and extremely tender as well. They are made of several thin layers of skin and often dry out more quickly than the rest of the skin on your face. Besides the obvious solution, which is to slather on lip balm, here are other things to take note of as well.
1. Don’t lick your lips
This is our first instinct whenever our lips feel dry, but exposure to saliva actually makes the skin on the lips dry out even faster. As tempting as it may be, whip out your lip balm and apply it instead.
2. Avoid lip balms with perfume or artificial colours
They could potentially irritate your skin instead of working as a solution to dry lips. If you apply lip balm several times a day, it’s best to switch to an all-natural formula.
3. Hydrate yourself
Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. Not drinking enough water can lead to chapped lips cracking and bleeding.
4. Moisturise before bed
Leave on moisturiser or coconut oil before sleeping. This can repair cracked lips and keep them well hydrated for the following day.
5. Exfoliate daily
Instead of buying your own exfoliator, you can easily make your home remedy – a sugar scrub. To do this, use a little coconut oil, added with a couple drops of honey mixed with raw sugar. Mix well and the paste formed can be used to scrub your lips, effectively removing dead skin.