Let’s face it, winter can be tough on our skin. Especially so for our lips which dry out ten times quicker than the rest of the skin on our face. Cracked, sore lips can feel like a given during the colder months. But what if you could keep your lips soft during winter with a few simple, and natural, steps?
Up your liquid intake
This seems like an obvious one but warm water, soups, herbal and fruit teas are your best ally in tackling dehydrated lips caused by biting winds, cold air and central heating. Check your vitamin B intake too as severely cracked and bleeding lips can be a sign of deficiency – foods rich in B vitamins include meat, eggs, dairy products, leafy greens, seeds and fortified foods, such as breakfast cereal.
Honey, sugar and almond oil make a deliciously natural lip scrub. Simply mix a small amount of each together, wet your lips and apply, gently exfoliating. Honey is naturally antiseptic and antibacterial while its high volume of vitamin C will hydrate damaged skin cells and help keep your lips soft.
Feeling the burn?
If your lips are feeling the effects of wind burn then grab a green tea bag and soak it in hot water. Leave to cool slightly then rest the bag on your lips for a few minutes. Green tea is jam packed with antioxidants and tannins so doing this once a day will really benefit your lips (normal ‘builder’s tea’ can work pretty well too!)
Mix a small amount of olive oil with nature’s wonder ingredient, honey. Apply the mixture to your lips when you go to bed and wake to kissably smooth soft lips.
Make a beeline for a balm
Avoid lip balms containing petroleum and mineral oil – they can stop your lips from ‘breathing’ and can lock out moisture. Instead look for coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter or those made with beeswax – a ‘humectant’ which attracts moisture to your skin. All our lip balms are made from 100% natural beeswax blended with natural organic oils and butters with the added luxury of some gorgeous smelling pure essential oils.
Try these easy natural solutions at home and your lips will be pucker in no time.