1. Drink a Lot of Water
The general rule for being healthy, and looking good, is to be well hydrated. Your lips also crave for hydration – so, drink a lot of water.
If you’re not providing your body with enough water, your lips can, as well as your skin, get dry and chapped. It’s not a pretty sight, and plus – it hurts! Luckily, it can all be prevented simply by taking more water. Increase the amount of water you drink by just one glass, and you’ll see the results very soon.
2. No Biting
Seriously, you can’t expect to have pretty lips if you bite them all the time. Although a little bite in certain situations can be sexy, biting your lips often can cause a lot of damage to them.
Try to avoid situations that lead you to biting your lips. Wear lipstick as a prevention from biting, or buy a lip balm that has a taste you don’t like. Do anything you can really, because you might get carried away and make them bleed.
3. No Licking
A lot of women think that the solution for dry lips is to lick them. However, this is completely wrong. Even though it could give you an instant feeling that your lips are softer, in a matter of seconds they will be even drier than they were, before you licked them. You’ll want to lick again and you’ll make your lips drier and drier. Apply a lip balm – don’t lick your lips.
4. Lip Balms
Everyone will tell you that a solution to get soft lips is to apply lip balm daily. This is not completely true. Sure, lip balms are great, but not all of them.
Most of the lip balms contain Vaseline. Even though it protects your lips from the elements, it does that by creating a thin layer over them. This doesn’t allow the skin on your lips to breathe, and your lips actually become drier and crave for more lip balm.
Choose natural and organic lip balms instead. Those that contain bee wax are the best. They might not suit you at first, but give them some time – they are really much better. Also, give your lips a break every now and then. If you’ll be staying at home all day, and you can survive without the lip balm – don’t apply it.
As with your skin, exfoliation is important if you want to have soft lips. It’s very easy to do it, but don’t do it too often. Once every two weeks is enough, once a week if you have really dry lips.
Exfoliation can be done in a number of ways. The simplest is to dub your finger in sugar and with circular movements cover your lips in it. Leave for 10 minutes and then rinse, or lick. You can also use a soft toothbrush, and exfoliate your lips only with warm water, or with sugar. My favorite is a mix of honey, sugar and olive oil. Apply and rinse after 10 minutes. Your lips will be softer than ever.
6. Sun Protection
We all know how important it is to protect our skin from the sun. However, we tend to forget that our lips need protection too. Sun burnt lips look really bad, and can also hurt really bad.
Always check that the lip balm you’re using has an SPF. For spring and autumn months it’s enough to have SPF15, while for summer and winter you need at least SPF20.
7. Never Unprotected
Don’t ever leave your home with lips that are not protected. Sun is not the only enemy. Wind, dust and dry air also damage your lips.
Protect your lips with lip balms or lipsticks. Lip glosses might not be the best solution, because they could dry your lips. If lip gloss is your choice, make sure you buy one labeled as moisturizing, or apply it over lip balm.
Follow these steps and your lips will be softer than ever before. However, if your problem is persistent, make sure that you visit your doctor, because dry lips can be an indicator of vitamin deficiency. In the meantime, feel free to recommend your favorite lip balm, or to share any other tip for getting soft lips.
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