Are Chapped Lips Disrupting your Beauty?
Nothing ruins your look more than dry, chapped lips. In fact, chapped lips can shake your confidence when you want to snuggle up to that special someone
What Causes Chapped Lips?
While it is a good thing to gently exfoliate your lips with a toothbrush to remove the layer of dead skin cells, it can be harmful if are too agressive. Excessive exfoliation actually breaks down the protective skin barrier that locks in the moisture and makes your lips drier and flakier.
Inefficient Lip Balms
You may be applying lip balm only to realize your lips are just as chapped and flaky as they were when you started. Wax-based lip balms provide only marginal protection. You need to opt for a long-stay petroleum based balm or reapply it couple of times a day.
Use of Drying Ingredients
Wrong lip care products can do more harm than good. If you are using lip products with drying ingredients, your lips will only become drier and more chapped.. For example, cinnamates, a popular ingredient in lip plumpers can cause irritation. Instead opt for a lip gloss. The shine will make your lips appear fuller.
When our lips feel dry, most of us don’t think twice before licking or even biting off the flaking skin. However, this only makes the more dry. Saliva contains enzymes that break down your skin and create cracks. So try to resist this habit and instead drink plenty of water to keep your lips hydrated.
Use a moisturizing lip balm, preferably one enriched with rich antioxidants and moisturizing ingredients. Make sure it contains SPF to protect against sun damage. Lips contain less melanin which make them more susceptible to sun damage.