Exfoliating your lips keeps them feeling and looking healthy.
But, it’s important to know how to exfoliate lips properly so that you don’t cause any damage. The damage or dryness on your lips may be a result of the weather e.g. UV-radiation from the sun or coldness, incorrect care or stress. Indulging in an exfoliating treatment once or twice a week will help cleanse your lips so they are left looking healthier than ever.
HOW TO EXFOLIATE YOUR LIPS
- Make sure your lips are clean of make up before you start
- Gently exfoliate lips using a toothbrush or flannel to get rid of dead skin
- Use a humidifier to help keep the air around you moist
- Wear a lip balm with an SPF factor if you’re exfoliating in the morning, or a hydrating moisture lip balm if you’re about to hop into bed.
SHOULD YOU EXFOLIATE YOUR LIPS?
You should exfoliate your lips once or twice a week to maintain soft, supple and healthy looking lips. Other reasons for exfoliating lips are
- To remove dry skin
- To make lips soft and smooth
- To keep lips moist
- To make your lipstick look better and stay on for longer
- Exfoliating your lips can prevent dehydration of the lips which may cause swelling, bleeding or dryness
HOW DO YOU EXFOLIATE LIPS PROPERLY?
1. HONEY-SUGAR LIP SCRUB
- Mix one teaspoon of honey with two teaspoons of sugar
- Massage the mixture into your lips and leave for 10 minutes or so
- Remove with the help of a wet face washer
Sugar is an effective natural exfoliant. When mixed with honey, it becomes a great moisturising lip scrub.
2. LIP BALM AND TOOTHBRUSH LIP SCRUB
- Apply a thick layer of your favourite lip balm to your lips
- With a clean toothbrush, gently brush your lips in a circular motion
TIPS FOR EXFOLIATING YOUR LIPS
Don’t exfoliate lips too hard! Use a toothbrush to gently exfoliate your lips in small circular motions. If your lips are sensitive, use a small children's toothbrush to get the same impact without hurting your skin..
Don't over Exfoliate
Limit your lip exfoliation routine to once a week, this is enough to remove the dry skin to help maintain soft and supple lips.
Protect your Lips
When going outdoors, make sure to apply a lip balm that has an SPF component to protect your lips from the harmful sun.
Always Moisturise after Exfoliating
Opt for a rich lip balm to hydrate your lips after exfoliation. NIVEA essential Care Lip Balm with Shea Butter and Hydra IQ will help keep your lips plump and healthy.
Homemade Lip Scrubs all the way
Knowing what's in your lip scrub is important. So why not DIY your own exfoliation process? Scroll up to read through our fave recipes.
Always read the label. Follow the directions for use.