Brrr! Cold Air = Dry, Cracked Lips
By Timoria McQueen
Lately, I have picked up a bad habit: licking my lips. The only time of year I do this is just as the seasons start to change from summer to fall. I don’t know what it is abut the human psyche that convinces you that if you just keep on licking, your lips will stay moisturized. Nothing could be further from the truth. Constantly licking your lips is a cry for help from your mouth. Please hydrate me! Below is the perfect regimen to keep your lips in yearlong kissing condition.
Exfoliate your lips once a week. Exfoliating is not just for the body. It is easy to forget that lips, just like the rest of your body, build up dead skin cells too. Because the lips are delicate, use a gentle scrub such as Sugar Lip Polish by Fresh. You could also save a few dollars and have some fun by using ingredients found in your pantry to make your own lip scrub. In a small plastic container, combine 1 teaspoon of olive oil with ½ teaspoon of sugar. Isn’t that easy? This will make enough lip scrub to last you a couple of months. After brushing your teeth, dab a pea sized amount of the mixture on your lips. Use your index finger and circle gently around your mouth area for 10 to 15 seconds. Rinse and apply your favorite hydrating lip balm.
Lip balms can be worn alone or underneath of your lipgloss or lipstick. Re-apply your lip balm several times during the day and at night before bedtime for the best results. Some of the best lip balms can be found at your nearest drug store.
Next on my list is the amazing Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1. Lip Balm #1 is perfect for those winter days where the temperatures dip below freezing, and the wind feels like it will knock you over. Your lips will receive an instant, gratifying surge of moisture.
Timoria’s Tip: Make sure you are drinking plenty of water. I know the cold air makes you crave hot chocolate and lattes, but the more water you drink, the more hydrated and healthy your entire body will be.
Be well, my friends.