Lips are the center of attraction of the human face. Everyone has unique and beautiful lips. Lips are an important part of our body, and they need to look after. We often switch to healthy habits to keep our body fit, but we forget about the smallest but most important thing, our lips. It’s high time you start taking care of your lips with our lip care tips for women of any age.
Common Lip Problems and Their Causes
You must have seen your lips getting dry, and sometimes they even get cracked. Well, that doesn’t happen all of a sudden. It happens of so many underlying causes that you ignore first and then suffer the consequences later. Let’s look at some of the common lip problems and the causes behind them.
Do you often lick your lips? It might be possible that you have chapped lips. Chapping is a common problem faced by women of any age and is often described as dryness and tightness in the lips. It looks like a tight white layer around your lips.
Causes: Chapping can occur because of excessive licking of your lips, dry weather, extremely cold weather, dehydration, and not keeping your lips moisturized daily.
If you notice little cracks on your lips, then you have split lips, probably. Split lips are often painful, dry, and sometimes bleed. They can cause difficulty while eating spicy and sour foods and speaking.
Causes: The reasons behind the splitting of lips can be untreated chapped lips, lip injury, excessive exposure to the sun, lack of minerals and vitamins, and dehydration. It’s not a serious problem, but it can affect your daily functioning in life.
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- Lipstick Bleeding
You might have noticed your lipstick flowing out of your lip line even when you applied it perfectly. It’s called lipstick bleeding. It’s often noticeable when you apply brighter colors and balm-like texture lipsticks.
Causes: Lipstick Bleeding happens because of wrinkles present on your lips. Now wrinkles on your lips can occur because of two main reasons. First, it can occur because of loss of collagen over the years, which makes the lips shrink, and second because of dehydrated skin.
- Cold Sores
Cold sores are tiny blisters that occur on your lips or around your lips. They are painful and can make you very ill if you get them first.
Causes: Cold sores are caused by HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus). You can experience cold sores after 20 days of your infection.
Effective Lip Care Tips
To keep your lips healthy and moisturized, you need to follow a proper lip care routine. Yes, a routine for your lips! It should be surprising for those who never take care of their lips and now face the consequences. So let’s see how you can take care of your lips now to avoid any further problems.
- Hydrate Yourself
`Drink lots of water! That should be the first motto of your life. Keeping yourself hydrated not only gives you energy for the day but also keeps your lips moisturized. Consider water as your lips’ bestfriend. Without it, they will be dull and sad.
So from now, keep at least a 1.5-liter water bottle with you and make sure you’ve finished the bottle by the end of the day.
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- Don’t lick them too often
We all have a habit of licking our lips every time they feel dry because we’re too lazy to get the lip balm. But bad news, licking our lips isn’t providing them moisture; instead, it’s making them drier from before. The more you lick your lips, the drier they get. So to get proper lip care, you should avoid licking them frequently.
Scrubbing means gently rubbing your lips every alternate day to get the dry skin out of your lips. It helps keep your lips soft and moisturized to prevent them from getting cracked. Make sure you’re not over scrubbing them so that they don’t bleed.
Just like you moisturize your skin to prevent it from getting dry, you need to moisturize your lips to keep them soft. You can moisturize with any natural lip balm, cream, or oil. You can make it at home or buy it from the market but make sure it’s safe for your lips. It is advised to moisturize your lips daily, especially after waking up and before sleeping.
- Don’t forget to use a sunblock
Every time you go out in the sun, your lips get damaged. So it’s important to apply sunblock before going out of your house, even if it’s for a few minutes. It should be an important accessory in your purse along with other things. Never forget to use sunblock to keep your lips protected.
Exfoliation is a bit different from scrubbing your lips. Scrubbing doesn’t require you to apply any product on your lips, but exfoliation requires an exfoliation pack and applying it on your lips. This pack can be purchased or homemade. We prefer homemade exfoliation packs. Exfoliation helps in removing dry skin from your lips and making them soft.
- Choose lip care products wisely
Don’t go buying lip products just because they’re famous or cheap. Instead, always read the ingredients on the lip care products and choose those that use natural products only. Products made from chemicals are very harmful to your lips and can bother you in the long term. So pick only the ones that use natural ingredients.
DIY treatment for lips
Good products for lips can be expensive and cannot be afforded by everybody. But who said that taking care of your lips requires putting a hole in your pocket? You can always make DIY products for the treatment of your lips from simple kitchen ingredients.
- Lemon and Almond Oil
Take some drops of lemon and almond oil in a spoon or bowl and mix them. Now apply it to your lips like a lip balm. Let it stay for 20 minutes, and then using warm water rinse it. It makes your lips soft and pink.
- Homemade Lip Scrub
You can make a homemade lip scrub using honey and sugar. Take two teaspoons of sugar and one teaspoon of honey and mix them. Now massage this mixture on your lips and let it stay for 10 minutes. Finally, use a face wash to remove it.
- Homemade Lip Balm
It’s easy to make a homemade lip balm using one tablespoon of beeswax, coconut oil, raw honey, and two capsules of Vitamin E. Melt beeswax in a container and when it’s half-melted, add oil and honey. Mix them and add Vitamin E. Transfer it into a lip balm box and apply when lips feel dry.
- Use dairy products
You can apply cream or clarified butter on your lips when they feel dry. Dairy products are natural and are found in every kitchen. Wipe the excess with a cotton cloth, and your lips are soft again.
- Balanced diet
When you follow a balanced diet, your body remains healthy, and lips are a part of your body too. Never eat too spicy, salty, or sour foods as they can harm your body as well as your lips. Maintain a balanced diet, and your lips will be smooth as silk.
Taking care of your lips is not tough if you follow proper lip care home remedies. Please don’t be lazy when it comes to your lips because that’s the first thing people notice when lips are dry. Follow the tips, and your lips will be happy.