Un-chapped smiles…

Un-chapped smiles…

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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.

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As usual, start off by removing your lipstick and make up. I just use ordinary make up wipes…

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Dab some lukewarm water onto your lips to soften them.

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Now, using a lip scrub/exfoliator of your choice (I like Mint Julips from Lush), take a small amount onto your finger…

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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!
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…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!
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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.
Photo 01-02-2015 16 22 33I, 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…

 

Akruti x

 

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❄My Top 5 Winter Essentials❄

❄My Top 5 Winter Essentials❄

We’re almost half way into November, and its finally getting cold (yes after the exceptionally warm October we had in England!). This isn’t the best season for our skin, as well as hair. With the festive season it is not always easy to stay on top of a well balanced diet. Therefore it is important to keep our bodies hydrated and nourished with the vital nutrients and vitamins. Our skin, nails and hair also tend to dry out and get damaged.

These are my top 5 essentials to survive through the cold winter months. I am not a health expert, but these essentials may prove useful to you as they have to me.

 

1) Coconut oil hair mask: It is a white solid in the jar, but melts quickly in the palm of our hands. This oil can be used as an alternative to olive oil, or vegetable oil, as well as a great skin moisturiser. I have recently purchased the cold pressed Chi  100% Raw Organic Coconut Oil, retailing at £9.44. Personally I am not too fond of the smell on my skin, so I prefer to use it as a conditioning hair mask, to prevent my hair drying out in the winter. I try to use this hair oil mask once a week on dry hair, applying it the night before I wash my hair. Take some in your fingers and gently massage it through the whole scalp, making sure the whole head is covered with some oil. Whatever you have remaining in your hands, run it through the length of your hair, comb it through using a wide toothed comb and tie a loose braid. Keeping it on overnight helps to condition and soften your hair. Use a shower cap or a towel on the pillow if you are worried about greasing up your pillowcase, and pillow! don’t drench the hair with the oil, excess oil will just run down your face as it melts! Make sure you wash it out thoroughly with shampoo, it takes a few goes to remove all the oil. It cannot, however, be used as an alternative to a conditioner because it doesn’t rinse out well with water alone. If you do have extremely frizzy or heat damaged hair, take a small pinch (smaller than the size of a pea), rub between your palms, and pull it through the length of your dry hair (remember to use a small amount or you will end up with a greasy mess).

Chi coconut oil

 

2) Aloe Vera Gel: Click here for my post on Benefits of Aloe Vera. You can also use this as a full body moisturiser.

Aloe Vera Gel from Boots

 

3) Lip Balm: My favourite is the one with Burts Bees Beeswax Vitamin E & Peppermint for £3.69. Having used Vaseline and other lip moisturisers in the past, discovering Burts Bees was the best thing the could happen. It stays on for long, you do not need to keep reapplying it the way you would with Vaseline, it is super moisturising, the Vitamin E soothes dry chapped lips, and the Peppermint oil refreshes the lips. The fact that the product is made from a natural ingredient, bees wax made it even more attractive. The tube is more hygienic than using a lip balm from a tub, and it also fits easily into your small clutch bags or pocket. Its good value for money as you don’t need to keep re-applying it and it softens and conditions the lips, especially in the winter. I also apply it before I do my make up, and keeps my lipstick from cracking.

Burts Bees

 

4) Green Juice: Check out my Greeeench Juice recipe. I like to have this every morning for breakfast, as I get my 5 a day as well as a good intake of water to kick start my day.

Green Juice

 

5)Lip Scrub: Mint Julips by Lush Handmade Cosmetics for £5.50. I try to use this once every fortnight (frequent use can have negative effects). This lip scrub tastes like mint chocolate chips, and also acts as a moisturiser. It eliminates all those cracks, rough bits and bleeding of the lips. You only need a minimal amount of the scrub, rub it gently on your chapped and cracked lips, and you can lick it off after using it. The small pot lasts a long time, I have had mine for 2 months, and its not even near the half way mark.

It contains:

Caster Sugar (coarse): helps to exfoliate and hydrate the skin

Peppermint Oil: Cools the skin by stimulating nerves and dilating blood vessels

Organic Jojoba Oil (from the jojoba seeds): Readily absorbed by our skin epidermis is the nourishing and softening

Vanilla extract: For flavour

Tagetes Oil (from the marigold flower): Contains antimicrobial and anti fungal properties keeping the skin clear.

Mint Julips Lush

 


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