Dry, chapped lips that peel are both painful and annoying. This is usually an issue during the colder seasons, but sometimes individuals have to deal with this condition no matter what the temperature is.
Getting rid of chapped lips is something people don't want to be a temporary fix, they want it to be something they don't have to worry about anytime in the near future.
Get Rid Of Dead Skin
Before you do anything else, you want to remove the dead skin from your lips. This isn't done by pulling the skin with your teeth; doing that will likely cause more tears in your skin which will more often than not start to bleed. That's not helping the situation at all. You want to exfoliate your lips, gently, to get rid of any excess skin you have.
You can use an old toothbrush that you've already replaced or you can use your current toothbrush. If you choose to use your current toothbrush just make sure to rinse it really well when you're done. You can also get a small toothbrush that's designed for kids from your local supermarket, they're inexpensive and this way you don't have to feel like you're using something gross.
After you have chosen your toothbrush:
- Wet the brush by running it under the water for 2-5 seconds to soften the bristles.
- Position your lips as if you're putting on lipstick.
- Gently brush your lips in small, circular motions
- Rinse the brush and repeat if desired
If the excess dead skin actually goes farther than just the external part of your lip, you can still get rid of it by pulling your lip down and carefully brushing the area. Don't forget your top lip when you're doing this. Even if it's just the bottom lip that's visibly aggitated, your skin will thank you if you make sure to take care of both lips when exfoliating.
Use A Moisturizing Lip Balm
As long as it moisturizes, it will benefit you. I prefer a lighter product because I don't like my skin to feel greasy, but it really depends on what your personal preference is. After drying your lips, use a towel to pat your "kissers" dry.
Immediately apply your chosen product and rub your lips together in a side to side circular motion. The easier it slides, the more likely it is you're not going to have to apply it throughout the day.
Reapply daily and keep an eye out for dryness. You'll get to the point where you'll be able to notice when you're need to exfoliate. Until then, just make sure you apply your favorite product to the affected area once in the morning when you wake up and once before bed.
Sometimes even that isn't enough because we do eat throughout the day and talk a lot, which can help increase the chances of dryness. If this is the case, just apply the balm whenever you want to. Afterall, it's not asprin so you don't need to worry about overdosing.
Repeat Throughout The Year
Don't get into the habit of only using this method when you need it. Exfoliate before you need to once it's been a few months. Use your lip balm daily and if you forget it, then purchase different tubes. You can even experiment with which product works best for you. Once you find that product, make it your best friend and keep it handy. This way, dry skin doesn't have a chance.
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