Love bright, vibrant lip colours? Using makeup-remover wipes doesn’t always clean off all the pigment thats left by lipsticks. And if you’re using bright colours like I do…we know how annoying of a problem it can be. Exfoliating lips regularly (not more than once a week) removes the dead skin cells as well as stimulates new cell growth. This vital process conditions you lips, keeps them healthy and retains moisture. Particulary in the cold, dryness and dehydration is common, leading to chappiness.
So, HOW should we exfoliate? You can either use shop-bought products, or you can make them at home- just with 1 teaspoon honey, and 2 teaspoons Demerara sugar. The honey is super conditioning and the sugar granules buff off flaky skin. You can substitute honey by using equal parts of olive oil and Demerara sugar. If you don’t have any of these ingredients, you can always resort to your handy toothbrush and some vaseline or a lip moisturiser/lipbalm. Preferably use an old toothbrush, you’re not currently using, as we wouldn’t want any dead skin cells ending up between our teeth, would we?! Toothbrush on its own may be too harsh, therefore use a tiny amount of vaseline with it.
As usual, start off by removing your lipstick and make up. I just use ordinary make up wipes…
Dab some lukewarm water onto your lips to soften them.
Now, using a lip scrub/exfoliator of your choice (I like Mint Julips from Lush), take a small amount onto your finger…
Mint Julips tastes like choc chip ice cream, the peppermint & vanilla together with sugar crystals provide the best exfoliator (in my opinion). The peppermint aids in the healing process- no more chapped lips!
…And gently rub the scrub onto your lips as you would normally do with a face exfoliator. You will notice the granules change colour as they pick up the lipstick pigment residue that was not removed by the make up wipe. Be careful not to use excessive force (don’t scrub too hard) as this can be damaging to your lips. Over exfoliation could also worsen the dryness!
Rinse the scrub off your lips, and dab the excess water away with a towel. Don’t rub, DAB!
The final step is to condition and moisturise your exfoliated lips using a natural beeswax lip balm which also contains peppermint, further aids in the healing process of chapped lips.
I, personally try and exfoliate once a week. If you exfoliate too often it can be damaging for your lips.
Removing excess dead skin also helps lip cosmetics to stay on for much longer, and they apply with better ease.
Say goodbye to chapped lips this winter…