Here are our top 10 tips to keep your pout pretty and plump.
1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Be on top of your vitamins.Increase your intake of B vitamins, especially riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3) and cobalamin (B12), as low levels can lead to dry cracked skin.
3. Avoid mouth breathing.Mouth breathing constantly evaporates any natural oils on the lips.
4. Quit the stick.Smoking dries out your lips similar to mouth breathing. The act of pursing your lips also promotes the development of lip wrinkles - we don't want that! ;)
5. Don't lick and don't pick!
Resist the urge to lick your lips. Saliva contains mild digestive enzymes that can break sensitive lips. As saliva evaporates, yhis dehydrates skin further.
Picking at already thin skin of the lips can lead to bleeding and discomfort. This also slows down the healing process.
Buff dead skin cells away using a soft old toothbrush or a gentle sugar scrub to help reduce chapping. Lip balms containing phenol, salicylic acid or alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) can also exfoliate skin.
7. Balm it up!
Apply a thin layer of lip balm. Avoid applying a thick layer as this may tempt you to lick off the excess. Avoid flavoured lip balms as they might encourage you to lick your lips even more.
8. Read the label.
9. Use creamy lippies.
Creamy lipsticks can act like balms and prevent your lips from chapping.
10. Get Glossy.
Some content used this article has been adapted from www.lizearlewellbeing.com. Check out her website for more tips on skincare!
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