6 Ways to Keep Your Lips Soft and Beautiful

As a woman, your looks play a vital role in your life. Beauty attracts the attention you need and also gives you self-confidence. Not only your hair, face, and fashion sense make you look lovely, but your lips too. They enhance your attractiveness, and so they are as important. Your lips are like a sponge. When they absorb moisture, they plump up, but when they lack that water, they dry and shrink. It’s not rocket science but here are the six ways to keep your lips soft and beautiful.

1. Keeps Your Lips Hydrated

Almost 60% of our body is water. You should always maintain the amount of water in your body by taking fluids. When your body doesn’t have enough water, your skin indicates it clearly. Your lips are built to self-preserve, so they are the first ones to show that your body needs water as soon as possible.

Drink plenty of water all day to retain moisturized lips and stay hydrated. You can also add foods like watermelon, cucumber, orange, lemon, and grapefruit to your diet.

2. Exfoliate if Possible

Exfoliators wipe off dead skin. They contain alpha and beta hydroxy acids that are usually fruit extracts. According to a dermatologist, you should use lip exfoliators if your lips are chapped or cracked.

The products, however, contain acids that can irritate the skin and you should be extra careful.

3. Avoid Licking or Biting Those Lips

In case you thought otherwise, here is the news flash. Saliva dries your lips, not moisturizing them. According to dermatologists, keep your tongue away from your lips because licking them will further dry them and as a result, your lips become darker.

You should also avoid biting your lips or else you will damage them. It could be a reaction to stress or being nervous but biting or licking your lips will do more damage.

4. Choose Your Balm Wisely

Good old petroleum jelly like the legendary Vaseline can work miracles if you apply it on your lips. At least you won’t be tempted to lick jelly from your lips. When buying balms, check if they have ingredients such as beeswax, shea butter, jojoba oil, coconut oil, almond, or vitamin E. Those kinds of balms work well.

However, if you have undergone a lip fillers treatment, your lips need extra care, and you should ask your dermatologist which balms is best for you. They will recommend one with shea butter or a medicated one.

5. Get Rid of Cold Sores

Herpes simplex virus type 1 causes cold sores. Hold your horses. It’s something not to worry about. The mention of herpes probably rings “sex” in your mind already. Something you should know is 90% of the people with this condition get it in dormant form. I mean, they only get exposed to it when the sun is too hot, or you are sick or stressed out.

The good news is there are ways you can prevent the ugly thing. Use a broad-spectrum screen to contain the virus. If they go on, use a lemon ointment or cream to send those sores to hell.

6. Don’t Use Too Much Matte Lipstick

Matte lipsticks are built to say long on your lips, so they are extremely drying. Whenever your lips are chapped, use them less. You can use them with hydrating lipstick which has vitamin E and glycerin.

You can also grab a non-matte lipstick that comes with primrose oil, vitamin E or lipstick that is applied underneath a matte.

Dry and cracked lips can hold you back and make you hide from the world, but soft and moisturized lips give you the confidence to stand out and share your ideas.

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