Back in the day and maybe up until now, we believed that getting our lips wet somehow equaled attractive and soft lips. Everyone wanted natural glossy lips and it was easy to take some bucks from our meal allowances to buy lip gloss or lip balm.
Sometimes, the lips get the blame for not allowing the lipstick or gloss to sit well. Even worse, dry flakes ruin your chances of wearing that beautiful ombre lipstick. But, what can those innocent pouters do?
Well, if it makes you feel better, you’re not alone. I’ve once had this cup of tea. Meanwhile, I have good news. I discovered some helpful tips that will make your lips say “soft and smooth”. And of course, I’ll be sharing them with you.
How to Get Soft Lips at Home
The skin that covers the lips is one of the thinnest skins on the body. Other parts of the face have over fifteen layers of skin. The lips, on the other hand, have just five layers of skin. For this reason, caring for it could be quite a task.
Before we go into business, you should know that dry, flaky lips are no big deal. Also, you do not need to break a bank to try any of these hacks.
1. Avoid Licking and Chewing on Your Lips
Contrary to what is widely known, licking and biting your lips will rather expose them to dryness and irritations. The thin skin that covers the lips has an oily surface that locks in moisture. On the other hand, constant licking removes that protector.
Consequently, moisture escapes and the lips become prone to drying. In addition, the digestive enzymes in saliva can cause lips’ skin irritation.
2. Exfoliate Your Lips
Exfoliation helps to get rid of dry, flaked skin from the lips. You can get rid of this dead skin either by using a lip scrub or a toothbrush.
To use a toothbrush, first, make sure you get a toothbrush with soft bristles. Afterward, get it wet with warm water and gently brush your lips for about two minutes. You can make this a bi-weekly routine for effectiveness and so you do not char your lips.
If you want to use lip scrubs, there are some homemade lip scrubs for you to try. Like I said earlier, you do not need to break a bank; they make use of basic household ingredients.
Honey/water and brown sugar
Mix honey and sugar, say one spoon of honey and one-half spoon of sugar. Then, apply the mix on your lips using your finger or soft-bristled brush. Leave it for about two minutes and then, rinse it off with cold water.
Additionally, you can add coconut oil or essential oil to the mix. These oils have nourishing, protective, and healing properties that help to keep your lips looking supple. And, this method of exfoliation should be done once a week.
Other lip scrub options are lip balm and toothbrush, sugar and lemon scrub, aloe vera and honey, and orange peel and brown sugar with almond oil.
3. Keep Your Lips Moisturized
The skin needs water to stay supple and moisturized. In the same vein, moisture is just as important to your lips. Lip balms are essentially lips moisturizers. They contain ingredients that help to restore and lock in moisture and protect the lips.
Lip balms are formulated with humectants like glycerine, aloe, and honey that attract moisture from the environment or deeper layer of the skin to the top surface of the lips. Also, oils like shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil present in lip balms give your lips a lush appearance.
Most importantly, protectants like beeswax, petroleum jelly, and mineral oils keep your lips hydrated and protected from the harsh effect of the elements. Remember to always reapply at least twice a day.
4. Pick a Lip Balm With SPF
Frequent exposure to the sun can be damaging to the lips because of its delicate thin skin. Even worse, the lips can get hyperpigmentation from prolonged exposure to the sun. To prevent this, get a lip balm of SPF 50 to protect your lips from the sun UV.
5. Avoid Lip-Picking
This one can be quite tasking to obey but it should be obeyed. Although dry flakes on your lips can be a turnoff, they should not be “plucked”. Picking at your lips can lead to irritating sores and eventual scarring on the lips.
Rather than worry about how your lipstick wouldn’t just stay, opt for a lip balm or toothbrush exfoliation. Above all, you should drink a lot of water to keep your lips hydrated. This is a natural and sure way to avoid crusty chapped lips.
6. Use Lip Masks
By now, I believe you already know that care for your lips is just as important as care for your face and skin in general. Face masks are legendary for reducing skin redness, treating acne and blemishes, and also keeping the face hydrated.
In like manner, lip masks protect the lips from the hazardous effect of the elements, lips chapping, and also help to retain moisture and increase hydration. Fortunately, there are several DIY lip masks made from basic household ingredients.
Here are some effective options:
- Honey and lime juice
- Olive oil and aloe gel
- Yogurt and lemon juice
- Rose petals and milk
- Avocado and honey
- Coconut oil and sugar
Mix either of these ingredients in equal parts. Gently apply using a clean finger or a soft brush and leave for at least two minutes before washing off with cold water. After rinsing off, apply a lip balm if you feel your lips are too dry.
7. Stay off Lip Products With Flavor or Fragrance
Instead of taking the bait of “it smells nice”, remember that soft pout you so much desire. While flavors and fragrances smell innocent, they could be harsh on your lips. This is true because they are made with chemicals that may cause irritations and even dry your lips.
8. Use Right Lipsticks or Lip Gloss
Certain lipsticks contain paraben which can be harmful to the lips. Some, on the other hand, are plant-based and made with natural colors. Lipsticks or glosses that contain vitamins and moisture-retaining ingredients help to keep your lips soft and moist.
That is to say, instead of going for brands, go for lipsticks or lip glosses that protect your lips’ skin integrity. Also, opt for a non-sticky lip gloss. If you love your colors so much, you can incorporate a color stain into your lips care routine.
9. Eat Well and Drink a Lot of water
The importance of nutrition cannot be overemphasized. Overall health reflects in the appearance of the skin. Foods like fatty fish; salmon, tuna, and mackerel; almonds, walnuts, and oils like olive oil are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins and minerals that can function as antioxidants and help reduce oxidative stress. These fruits and veggies include citrus fruits, berries, watermelon, and green leafy vegetables.
All these food work in synergy to protect your lips, keep them healthy, and retain lush. Most importantly, drink a lot of water. Water helps to keep you hydrated and it flows to the lips as well.
In addition, avoid too salty foods which have the ability to dry out your lips.
10. Use Petroleum Jelly for Post-exfoliation
Before going to bed, apply petroleum jelly to your lips. This routine protects your lips and keeps them hydrated and moisturized. As a result, your lips are soft and smooth by morning.
11. Quit Smoking
Smoking habits are well-known to cause organ damage. Therefore, avoid smoking. Frequent smoking can cause hyperpigmentation on the skin covering the lips. This can, in turn, result in dark-colored lips.
12. Cut Down on Stress
Stress results in excessive production of cortisol, a stress hormone that can cause inflammation. Stress also makes the skin covering the lips dry out, so, it is very important that you cut down on stress.
13. Get Beauty Sleep
Because of the fragile nature of the lips, sleeping with the desire to get soft lips should be done carefully. You should avoid sleeping with your lips having friction with the bed covers. Try to sleep on your back, and with petroleum jelly on.
Most importantly, your skin needs a great deal of relaxation in order to get soft lips. That is to say, you should get at least six hours of sleep.
FAQs on How to Get Soft Lips
1. Why do I have chapped lips?
Chapped lips can be a result of the weather conditions, especially cold, dry, and windy conditions. Yeast infections, allergies, and constant licking of the lips can also cause dry, flaky lips. And these chapped lips can obstruct softness.
Research also shows that chapped lips could be due to certain medical conditions thyroid disease, vitamin deficiencies, and Chron’s disease.
2. How do I get rid of chapped lips?
Exfoliation is a very good way to get rid of dry, flaky skin. Easy remedies like using honey and sugar with a little essential oil can help get rid of dead cells. Also, frequent application of lip balm can help to get rid of chapped lips and keep them soft.
3. Can vaseline make my lips soft?
Yes, vaseline can help to make your lips soft. It can be applied as an exfoliator when mixed with sugar. Also, vaseline adds a protective layer to your lips to keep them moisturized and soft. It has healing properties and can get rid of chapped lips.
The lips do not have cells like the oil and sweat glands that ensure warmth, hydration, and moisture. This just means that extra steps need to be taken to keep your lips soft, moisturized, and smooth. Getting soft lips has been made easy with readily available materials.
Put in some work, shower those pouters with some TLC, eat healthily and relax well. I tell you, you’ll be on your way to getting the perfect smile for Snapchat and Instagram, perfectly wearing that ombre lipstick. Also, you’d be saying goodbye to those days of chapped lips.
Thanks for reading.
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