Summer is one of the worst seasons for your lips. Despite the high humidity in much of the region, lips go through high heat, blazing sun, and just plain old wear and tear. They can get chapped, reddened, dried out, and can even peel. But if you know how to take care of them properly, they can be oh so soft.
Things that are Harmful to your Lips
Some things are worse for your lips than you’d think. Here’s a list of things you should avoid:
- Smoking can cause lack of circulation and wrinkles.
- No SPF (sun protection factor) can lead to sun burn. A few natural oils that offer sun protection are carrot seed oil, raspberry seed oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, and sesame seed oil.
- Parabens, which are present in most commercial lipsticks, can damage your skin.
- Fragrance, also in some lipsticks, can dry out your skin.
- Artificial sweeteners could cause health problems.
- Camphor and menthol, while natural, are drying ingredients often found in lip care products.
- Dry air, created when air conditioning is used, can dry out your lips.
There are some ingredients in lipsticks and lip balms that are good for you. Glycerin and aloe vera are humectants. They pull moisture out of the air and attach it to whatever they are on, such as your lips. Water, in any form, is good for your lips, but will evaporate quickly without something to hold it there. Lip balms are made to hold the moisture in. But first, before you apply lip balm, exfoliation is the best thing to do. You can mix a little oil with granulated sugar or salt, and gently rub on lips in a circular motion. Now you’re ready to moisturize!