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When your lips are chapped, the first thing you think to do is grab one of your million lip balms, right? What if I told you that you can keep your lips hydrated without using Chapstick or any lip balm?! Proper lip care is essential to keeping dry lips at bay. Today I’m sharing how to keep your lips hydrated without Chapstick!
How To Keep Your Lips Hydrated Without Chapstick
I have a few tips & tricks for you ladies! Remember, dry lips and dry air are not only problems in the colder months! You should definitely try to stay on top of your lip care routine as often as you do for your skin. The best way is to start exfoliating and using natural oils you may already have at home or you can get at affordable prices. Read below for more details!
Exfoliating is a great way to soothe chapped lips and it is essential to get rid of any dead skin. I listed a few ways and tools to use:
- Use a toothbrush: toothbrushes are perfect for lip exfoliation because the bristles are gentle enough to not be too abrasive, but they still work to get rid of the layer of dead skin.
- Get an exfoliator or lip scrub: I have a few favorites for these!
- Use a washcloth: dampen it with warm water and gently rub in circular motions to get rid of flaky, dry skin.
- Shop some of my favorite products below!
This Sugar Lip Scrub from Urban Outfitters is an absolute favorite of mine! It contains 100% natural ingredients like sugar, agave, shea butter, and vitamin E + C. Not only will this scrub gently exfoliate, but it also cleanses, and hydrates!
I love this lip scrubber from Target! It’s double-sided with thin bristles to help exfoliate and the round bristles help stimulate blood circulation. Use this with a little bit of the lip scrub for extra exfoliation!
Natural oils are amazing for hydration. This is one of the best ways to keep your lips hydrated after exfoliating instead of using a lip balm or Chapstick! A few of the oils you should use are listed below:
- Coconut oil: aside from smelling (and tasting) good, coconut oil is one of my favorite hydrating lip oils because it has anti inflammatory properties! Be sure to use pure, virgin coconut oil to ensure that the oil hasn’t been chemically altered.
- Olive oil: this is a great choice to mix with sugar to make a DIY lip scrub! Olive oil itself is great to condition and protect your lips from drying out.
- Almond oil: one of the best oils to use for lips to help rejuvenate them. Since almond oil is rich in fatty acids, it will help to retain moisture. P.S. dab some on at night for extra conditioning!
A common habit when experiencing dryness and flakiness is to start licking your lips…stop! This can make it worse and more dehydrated. Not to get too technical, but since saliva contains enzymes and chemicals used to digest food in your mouth, this is why licking your lips leads to more dryness! One last super important step in preventing dry lips is sunscreen! You can do this naturally by using coconut oil give your lips a barrier of protection from heat or try a protecting lip oil.
Now that we’ve gone over the essentials of proper lip care, you’re going to want to maintain your hydrated lips! Remember the following: exfoliate once a week, apply oil either daily or nightly, stay hydrated (drink lots of water) & protect your lips with sunscreen!