Friday, September 20, 2013

Say Farewell Chap, Get Kissably Soft Lips

The air is getting colder ladies and that means two things! 1. Our lips are more prone to dryness and 2. Cuddling season is approaching and the last thing you wanna do is graze your lips across someone's cheek and accidentally cut them.  Can that really happen?  Well, with these surefire tips you won't ever have to know (you're welcome):

Drink Water
I'm sure by now you've noticed this is the first step in a lot of our how-to guides. That's because water is so important!  Having dry lips is a number one sign of some form of dehydration. Providing your body with internal moisture can help battle the external lack of moisture in the air. Be sure to get your 6-8 glasses of water daily for the best results!

Just like with any other form of body care, you want to create a routine that's relatively quick, effective, and easy to stick to.  Some people are blessed with soft and smooth lips naturally without ever having to do anything to them. However, there are tons of people- like myself, who need to create a basic routine in order to maintain baby soft lips.  First rule...

Stop Biting and Licking
Unfortunately, this is one of those habits that are hard to even notice you're doing in the first place.  Try to keep your mind on it enough to at least stop yourself when you start doing it. Licking your lips drys them out and also removes any form of moisture you placed on them, like balm.  Biting your lips tears the skin and helps to create that crinkly, uneven, and rough appearance.

Prep Your Lips
Here is the first official part of the routine. Before doing anything, you always want to prep your lips by holding a warm cloth to them for about a minute. This helps soften your lips in preparation for the next step.

Exfoliate Your Lips
There are two types of exfoliation for your lips: Daily and Weekly, both should be incorporated carefully and accordingly.

Daily: Take a toothbrush, dip it in water, and gently scrub your lips for about 30-60 seconds depending on your sensitivity. Doing this will gently remove the dead skin cells on your lips and smooth out any surfaces that you have decided to snack on.  Be careful not to scrub too hard or too long as you can accidentally take off too much skin which will leave a slight burning sensation and/or bleeding.

Weekly: Weekly exfoliation can be done up to 3 times per week (every other day never back to back).  Combine honey and sugar and apply to prepped lips. Gently massage the mixture into your lips for about 60 seconds.  The sugar works to remove dead skin cells while the honey works to heal and soften. A bonus with doing either of these exfoliation techniques is as you're rubbing your lips you are drawing more blood to that area which will temporarily lead to plumper, fuller, looking lips!

Apply an Effective Lip Balm
Stay away from "chapsticks".  The chemicals in chapsticks actually dry out your lips instead of moisturizing them.  Use lip balms like Softlips, Burts Bees, and Evo for best results.  Carry one with you everywhere so you can reapply as necessary. I recommend looking for lip balms that have beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter, and/or jojoba oil in them for best results.  Avoid Petroleum based balms if you can.

Protect Your Lips Before Bedtime
After you finish your nighttime face cleansing routine, prep your lips as described earlier and then apply a large amount of lip balm before going to bed so that your lips are continuously softening during the night.  Another cool trick is to coat your lips with either coconut oil or honey before bed and leave it on overnight for super soft lips in the morning.

You can switch up your routine accordingly whether you choose to exfoliate at night or in the morning so long as you are applying these basic steps.. you will begin to notice a difference in your lips. Happy Kissing!

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