Chapped lips in winter
Our lips are fragile and rarely spared by the elements. We all experienced painful, dry, chapped lips in the middle of winter. Fortunately, there are various ways to heal our lips. Here is a small list of tips to make them soft velvet.
The very first thing to do is to gently get rid of dead skin. Do not pull them with your fingers or teeth, this is the best way to enlarge the cuts and get bleeding.
Mix a teaspoon of fine sugar and a teaspoon of olive oil or sweet almonds. You can also add a drop of peppermint essential oil or lavender for their healing and soothing properties. Use this paste to gently remove all the small dead skin, in circular motions. It is very important to then apply a moisturizing balm (home or commercial).
A small, soft-bristled toothbrush (for children, for example) also works wonders: simply rub it in a rotating motion on your lips, morning and evening.
Once your lips are rid of small unsightly skin, it is very important to moisturize them regularly. Homemade recipes are perfect for a shock treatment to be applied as a preventive treatment 2 or 3 times a week, or after the exfoliation. To maintain good hydration throughout the day, a stick balm will do the trick.
- Rose and milk: soak rose petals in milk for a few minutes, then apply them on the lips for a good relaxing bath.
- Cucumber: The virtues of this vegetable are well known. Cut in thin slices, and let them rest for a few minutes on your lips before applying a balm or cream.
- Honey: Choose a dark organic honey, apply a thin layer to your chapped lips, and let it penetrate for 15-20 minutes. The soothing and healing virtues of honey work miracles. The most complicated is not to lick your lips during treatment.
- When the lips are very damaged, we can apply a good layer of Vaseline that we leave all night.
Other good tips
The health of your lips can also be influenced by factors other than cold. To put the odds on your side, you can also:
- avoid long-lasting lipsticks that contain glitter or very dark colors: they accelerated drying;
- drink a lot: the overall hydration of your body plays a role in moisturizing your lips;
- apply vitamin D to very damaged lips to help heal faster;
- avoid moistening and licking your lips: saliva dries up the skin even more;
- use, throughout the day, a natural balm with shea butter or beeswax.