Your lips are such an important part of your face. Great lips enhance your beauty multi-folds. Therefore it is important to keep them looking plump, well-nourished, and healthy. C’mon you owe that much to the little orifices that are responsible for the best expression of love- kiss.
Unfortunately the skin on your lips do not have any sebaceous glands (that are responsible for keeping the skin moisturized) or melanin (that protects against the harmful rays of sun). Ergo, dry, cold, or very hot climates can lead to dry, cracking, and peeling lips that are painful to touch and not too great to see. What’s more, it even makes your favorite lipstick look (forgive me) hideous.
Fortunately, with a little tender loving care and a dash of lip balm (everyday), your lips can go back to looking gorgeously smooth.
Here are few tips for optimum lip health:
- When your lips feel dry, avoid licking them. Saliva tends to dry out the skin even more and the chances of the lips cracking, double.
- Always make sure you remove every trace of lip makeup before going to bed and smear some good lip balm.
- Exfoliation is the key. Dead skin cells on the lips can give it a dull, lack lustre, and rough finish. Use a good lip scrub regularly to slough away the dead cells and reveal the soft skin underneath.
- Always stay hydrated. Dehydration will first show on your lips. It’s important to drink water at regular intervals.
- Eat well. Include omega3 fatty acids and pro-biotic rich food in your diet.
What will a lip balm do?
Lip balms help you turn your scraggly lips, silky. They usually are a blend of skin moisturizers and sealers that protect and nourish your lips to give the dryness the slip. Usually Vitamin E and wax are enough to make a do-good lip balm. But with the advent of a plethora of different types of lip balms with special ingredients that do more than just moisturize, your lips are spoilt for choice.
Which Lip balm to choose then?
Here’s a quick guide on the best types of lip balms available in the market to help you choose what is best for you:
Moisturizing lip balms:
Well, all lip balms are moisturizing but some meant for just that can hydrate the roughest and the driest lips ever. There are a ton of moisturizing lip balms boasting of ingredients such as Shea butter and bees wax to chocolate and essential oils, to hydrate the lip skin from deep down. These are specially formulated for harsh climates and are best suited for people who have very dry lip skin often. Some very good choices are Burt’s Bees’ Ultra Conditioning lip balm and the L’Occitane Ultra-Rich lip balm.
Here’s throwing in a tip for you:
If your lips feel exceptionally dry, scrub them with a baby tooth brush to slough off the dead cells and then slather on a good moisturizing lip balm. Cover your lips with a cling film and leave it on for as long as you can. Remove the cling, blot and reapply the balm for the smoothest lips you felt in a long time.
Medicated lip balms:
These are formulated for lips that have endured intense damage and are painful. Long spells of illness or sudden exposure to very harsh climates can cause the lips to tear, bleed, and swell and so they need something powerful to restore their glory. Medicated lip balms usually contains menthol, camphor, or phenol to serve as an analgesic to dull the pain. It also contains petrolatum and humectants to help repair the damage.
The Blistex Lip Medex and the Maybelline Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balm are wise choices if you are not sure what to buy.
Yet another tip: Damaged lips take time to heal well but to speed up the process, it important to first rid the lips of any germs and dirt and then begin treatment. A great way to do it is to soak the lips in warm milk, and wash after few minutes. Follow it with a medicated lip balm and repeat as often as you can and you’re sorted.
All natural lip balms:
Natural lip balms are made from natural ingredients with less or no chemicals in them. Aside from being better for your skin (especially if you have sensitive lips), these lip balms smell delicious (nothing can beat nature!). They are usually made from oil of fruits and nuts that are buttered up and blended with beeswax (also natural). Herbs, milk, vanillin, and exotic essential oils are sometimes thrown in for added effectiveness and better smell. These lip balms are best suited for people who wish not to harm their lip skins with petroleum jelly and parabens. For those of you who wish to have lips smell so delicious you could eat them, pick these. The Alba Botanica Terratints’ Bloom Lip Balm and the Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm are great options if strong smell isn’t for you. Else you can try the Grown Alchemist Lip Balm in Watermelon or the Hurraw Grapefruit Lip Balm.
Tinted Lip Balm:
Tinted lip balms are probably one of the best inventions. Hydrating your lips and giving it a wash of your favorite color together, is almost perfect. These lip balms make your lips feel silky smooth for hours while adding a pop of color to your lips making them look visually more appealing. It’s for all seasons and suited to all. Tinted lip balms contain ingredients that moisturize and protect your lips and contain pigments that help color them. Go grab your tinted lip conditioner. It’s an absolute must have. Some delightful options are Benefit cosmetics’ Bene Balm and Clinique’s classic Chubby Sticks
Tip: Take a break from your favorite lipstick and condition your lips with moisturizing layers of sheer color and watch them regain their health.
Organic Lip balms:
Organic lip balms go a step ahead of natural lip balms. These do not contain any chemicals, parabens, or artificial fragrances. Also, all the ingredients that go into making this pout perfecter are sourced organically. Needless to say you can apply these as often as you can without the guilt of harming your skin in anyway. These lip balms can also be used by kids! They smell beautifully fresh and often last lesser than their chemical rich counterparts. You must invest in these. Try the Badger Cocoa Butter Lip Balm or the Yes to Carrots Lip butter and know why we cannot stop gushing about them.
SPF Lip balms:
Summer is almost here and the season spells fun, cheer, and bliss. The sun beating down however, can cause your lips to dehydrate, discolour, and render them rough. Fortunately come geniuses got together all the ingredients that go in making a good lip balm and mixed it with a magic sunscreen potion. Boom! Now you have Lip balms that offer protection against UVA and UVB rays! Slather some and soak in the sun without a care. The SuperGoop Lip Balm SPF 30 and Nivea Sun Protect SPF 30 are wonderful options for blazing heat.
Homemade lip balms:
These are those tried and tested recipes handed over to generations by the old and wise and nothing quite beats the effectiveness of these. However, these don’t usually last beyond a day or two so you might have to make them repeatedly. Coconut oil, petroleum jelly, cream and Shea butter are some of the widely used ingredients in these recipes.
There you go! Armed with all the information, make a wise decision and pick what suits you most?
Remember healthy lips are beautiful lips.