Lip Care 101: Creating a Consistent Lip Care Routine
You may have a regular skincare routine that involves washing, exfoliating, and moisturizing your face, but — have you considered applying a similar routine to your lips? Seeking out ways to create the best lip care routine is critical for maintaining full, healthy lips while preventing irritation, dryness, and cracking.
Read this complete lip care guide for tips on how to soften your lips, exfoliation techniques, and other helpful practices to create a natural lip care routine.
Should You Brush Lips?
If you regularly exfoliate as part of your skincare routine, you know this can help remove dead built-up skin cells and leave your face feeling smooth and fresh. You can apply a similar process to your lips. Exfoliating your lips is important to help remove flaking skin, prevent chapped lips, and even stimulate blood flow — leaving your lips feeling smooth, healthy, and fresh.
Lips can be sensitive, so when brushing them to exfoliate, it’s important to do so very gently and carefully. You also want to avoid doing this every day, as over-exfoliating can quickly lead to dry lips — it’s a good idea to exfoliate about once a week. You can purchase a lip scrub or even make your own from ingredients such as oatmeal, baking soda, toothpaste, or coffee grounds.
Is Vaseline Good for Lips?
Petroleum jelly such as Vaseline® is an affordable, readily-available product that can serve as a remedy for dry, chapped lips — however, you need to use it in a specific way to be effective.
Petroleum jelly is an occlusive substance, meaning it can hold in moisture and hydration by creating a physical barrier on the skin. Applying it to your lips before they start to chap can help prevent dryness. However, if your lips are already dry and chapped, Vaseline may not be as effective in restoring them at this point.
To use Vaseline properly to prevent lip dryness and maintain moisture, experts recommend using a humectant to pull moisture from the air into the lips. Honey, molasses, aloe, seaweed, and shea butter are some examples of humectants. Apply a coat of humectant to your lips before sealing it with Vaseline.
Is Coconut Oil Good for Lips?
Coconut oil is an ideal moisturizer for chapped, sensitive lips. It provides a barrier to block bacteria and prevent damage, reduces swelling and inflammation, and uses nourishing properties that seep into your lip skin.
You can apply coconut oil to your lips during the day or at night before going to bed — you can do this as often as you’d like. Gently dab a few small drops of coconut oil onto your lips to allow the oils to set. You might consider mixing it with another ingredient such as honey, beeswax, shea butter, or olive oil for additional moisture.
How Can I Take Care of My Lips at Home?
To ensure the best lip routine to combat chapping, cracking, and dryness, it’s important to apply powerful and effective practices that can help you achieve your desired results over time. Below are some helpful lip care methods you can use consistently.
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Lip Cream or Balm
Applying a balm or cream to your lips is a great way to keep them soft and heal symptoms of irritated skin. You can make your own from natural ingredients for optimal smoothness. Here’s a homemade lip balm recipe you can use:
- 2 tablespoons of shea butter
- 4 tablespoons of coconut, olive, or almond oil
- 3 tablespoons of beeswax pellets
- Melt your ingredients in the microwave-safe bowl for about 30 seconds.
- Mix them together thoroughly.
- Continue to microwave and mix as needed until the ingredients are completely blended.
- Pour this mixture into a small pot, jar, or tube. Allow your balm to cool before using.
Peppermint or Coconut Oil
We mentioned that coconut oil can be an excellent treatment for dry, cracked lips. Applying it consistently can help maintain strong, healthy lips. Another option you might consider is peppermint oil — this provides a cool, soothing sensation and can help maintain circulation to your lips. You can even combine coconut and peppermint oil for additional moisture, or try mixing one of these oils with almond oil.
As we briefly discussed earlier, applying proper exfoliation techniques to your lip care routine is important for maintaining healthy lips. Grab your exfoliant and a toothbrush with soft bristles, and follow these steps when brushing your lips:
- Use warm water to wet your lips.
- Gently coat your lips with a thin layer of exfoliant.
- Use your toothbrush to gently brush your lips in small circular motions.
- Wash the exfoliant off your lips using warm water.
- Finish by applying a moisturizer such as olive or coconut oil to your lips.
If you feel any sort of irritation when exfoliating, you should stop immediately.
Avoid Irritating Ingredients
You’ll want to avoid using lip products with these ingredients, as they can cause irritation and further dry out your lips:
- Salicylic acid
- Propyl gallate
- Flavors and perfumes
In addition to a regular lip care routine for dry lips, here are some other measures you can take:
- Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water regularly to keep your lips healthy and hydrated.
- Avoid licking your lips: Licking your lips can lead to dryness and irritation — try to avoid doing this whenever possible.
- Breathe through your nose: Breathing through your mouth can also dry out your lips. Try to breathe through your nose regularly — if you’re congested from a cold or sinus infection, try some nasal congestion treatments.
- Use a humidifier: Installing a humidifier in your home can help bring moisture back to your lips, preventing cracking and dryness.
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