Central heating and cold winter air tend to dry out the skin – including the skin on your lips. To stop them from getting chapped, flakey and sore it’s important to keep them hydrated.
There are plenty of lip balms available to buy, but if you’re looking for a cheaper and more natural alternative, you may find our suggestions helpful.
1. Drink lots of water
Hydration starts from the inside, so make sure you are drinking enough water. Herbal and green teas are perfect for warming you up in colder months.
2. Get a humidifier
A humidifier that lets off a warm mist will stop the dryness before it starts. If you don’t have one, why not add it to your Christmas list? Your lips and skin will thank you!
3. Use an old toothbrush to exfoliate
Scrubbing away the dead, flakey skin is essential to reveal, soft new skin below. If you have an old, soft toothbrush, you can use this daily to gently exfoliate your lips. Just remember to be gentle! The skin on your lips is delicate and can become irritated easily.
4. Make a honey lip scrub
Honey is a humectant – this means it actively locks moisture into your skin. Combine a little honey with some sugar and almond oil to make your own all-natural scrub. Rub this into the lips and rinse off with water (or lick it off!) before applying your lippy.
5. Buy lip balms with natural ingredients
Look out for ingredients like beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oil in lip balms. These natural ingredients are gentle on the skin and are great for locking in hydration.
6. Try coconut oil
For a quick, simple way to hydrate your lips, simply slather on some coconut oil before you go to bed. By morning they will be soft, subtle and flake-free.
7. Use a vitamin E capsule
Got some vitamin E capsules lying around? If your lips are getting cracked and painful, open up the capsule and apply some of the gel directly onto any problem spots. This works well on the corners of the mouth too.