7 Steps To Taking Care Of Your Lips
It’s so easy to envy the luscious, pouty lips we see constantly on celebrities. Don’t fret too much, because you can bet that Angelina Jolie doesn’t just wake up like that. You can’t have great lips unless you’re willing to go the extra mile to take care of them. Think of it like a lip diet. Think of it like lip boot camp. However you think of it, just do it, and be amazed at what you can get out of a little extra effort!
STEP 1. Keep hydrated!
It’s nearly impossible to stress this one as much as it deserves to be stressed. Everyone is used to being told to drink water for a multitude of reasons. It’s good for you, it helps burn calories, and most of our bodies are made of water. Your lips are especially dependent on water. If you’ve ever had really chapped or windburnt lips, you know how important moisture is to them. What most people don’t realize, is that the moisture is just as important on the inside as it is on the outside.
You can do as much as you want to do to the surface of your lips, and it’s ultimately going to mean little to nothing if they’re weak on the inside. The water you drink is what gives them that naturally plump, pillowy feel. Hydration is the most important. Without it, anything else you do would work hardly more than just wishing.
STEP 2. Get a lip balm.
But make sure it’s a decent lip balm. Check the ingredients list for things that can be doing more harm than good. Menthol, camphor, and phenol are actually terrible for your lips. Any ingredient ending in “OL” is an alcohol based ingredient. Because alcohol dries very fast, it’s going to take your lips with it. Salicylic acid is an ingredient designed to help speed up the process of exfoliating skin, and if your lips don’t already need to be exfoliated, they will be after that.
The safest thing to use is a natural balm. Try the natural lip balms from Good Fortune. If you love flavored balms, natural essential oils are the best way to go, and that’s what Good Fortune uses. It’s the yummiest way to save your lips from the evil chapped villain.
Be sure to only use it when you need it. If your lips depend too much on external sources of moisture, they won’t naturally produce or retain any of your own. This can leave you worse off than you were to start with. Remember that it’s possible to have far too much of a good thing. You can become totally dependent on lip balms and find yourself in a never ending cycle. It happens to people more than you might think.
STEP 3. Don’t lick your lips.
As tempting as it can be to bite or lick your lips, it’s important that you resist the urge. Some people have a habit of doing this and don’t even realize it. Pay close attention to see how many times you catch yourself in the act.
Licking your lips can cause the same problem disrupting the natural production of moisture in your lips, much like overusing lip balms. The main difference between those two scenarios, is that licking your lips is much worse. Because saliva is a lot thinner than lip balm, it will evaporate faster, drying the lips in the process. Saliva also contains all sorts of bacteria and enzymes that are used to help break down food. If you leave them lingering on your lips, you can imagine what they’re doing.
STEP 4. Keep your lips exfoliated.
Keep your lips exfoliated in a natural way. A lot of products designed to exfoliate the lips are actually way too harsh. Try using your tooth brush (without the toothpaste on it!) to brush away any bits of dead skin. Don’t use too much pressure, or you can cause your lips to bleed. That’s not a good look for anyone.
If you want to treat yourself, Good Fortune Soap makes an edible brown sugar and vanilla lip scrub that would really do you some good. It’s very gentle, and it’s very yummy!
STEP 5. Be careful with matte lipsticks and lip stains.
While they’re very trendy and often look gorgeous, some of them might as well be made of wallpaper paste. If you like lipsticks with matte finishes and lip stain products, make sure you’re using a good lip primer to create a barrier between your lips and the product.
STEP 6. Monitor your diet.
A lot of spicy foods and foods with artificial colors and flavors are very irritating to the lips, depending on how sensitive your lips are. Make sure you know your limits and how your body responds.
STEP 7 Take care of your skin.
If your skin is generally very oily or very dry, your lips will follow suit. If you get blackheads, you know that getting one on the border of your lip is THE WORST. It can leave a scar or a mark on the outside of your lip that won’t quickly go away. Keep on top of your skin concerns.
Written by Sophia Mendelsohn. Check out the best lip balms and lip scrubs from Good Fortune Soap.