The brighter your lips, the brighter your smile is!

Women are a big fan of lipsticks, lipglosses, and lip makeup products, but are you familiar with the number of possibilities of damages your lips must be going through? So, therefore, taking care of your lips is very important.
Lips being very attractive element of our face and body, doesn’t have much backup of oils or hydration, so, it means that if we don’t pay attention towards our lips, it will face many issues such as dryness, discoloration, flakiness, bleeding and many more.
So, paying attention to your lips is essential as we follow a proper skincare routine for our face or body.

Step 1 : Cleanse your lips

This step is for those people who have any makeup left or have been in the outdoors since a longer period of time.
Cleanse your lips with any cleansing milk or makeup remover. Cleansing milk/makeup remover removes all the makeup, dirt, debris and, pollution from your lips. Also removing  dirt and makeup is very important as the skin of your lips is super delicate, gets damaged very easily and gets prone to premature aging.
How to cleanse?
Gently massage your lips using makeup remover or cleansing milk in circular motions. Then, take a cotton ball and swipe all the dirt from your lips.

2. Exfoliation/Scrubbing

Exfoliation/Scrubbing your lips removes the layer of dead skin cells and contributes in the process of regeneration of new and fresh skin cells. Along with removing dead skin cells, it also evens your uneven lips and also removes discoloration to a greater extent, giving you supple, soft and smooth lips. 
 
You can use scrubs available in the store or else you can create a new homemade natural scrub right away at your home, with the help of just a few kitchen ingredients. 
 
How to prepare DIY scrub?
 
Mix 1 tbsp of coconut oil with 1/2 tbsp of sugar and 1/2 tbsp of honey and gently massage your lips with it for 2-3 minutes in circular motions.
Now rinse your lips with water.
 
How often?
 
Scrub your lips only once a week as over scrubbing can cause damage to your lips. 

3. Put on a moisturizing lipbalm/lipmask

Lips after exfoliation, often get dry, therefore, the very next step after exfoliation is moisturizing your lips. Moisturizing your lips helps in curing, repairing and regeneration of new skin cells. It will moisturize your dry lips and get rid of any flakiness and give you soft lips.
It is a natural phenomenon that our body goes into repair mode at night, thus goes your lips. So apply a thick layer of lip balm/lip mask at night onto your lips. Also apply a lipbalm before applying any lip makeup.
 
How often?
Minimum twice a day/whenever required.
What ingredients to look for?
Look for lipbalm/lipmask containing goodness of cocoa butter, shea butter, humectants, beeswax, Vitamin E, jojoba oil, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, natural oils, etc.

4. Protect your lips with SPF based lipbalm

As your face and body needs protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays, so does your lips. So, choose a lipbalm that has reflect SPF 20 in it.
Always apply it before going outside in the sun and even on rainy and chilly days.
Thus, it will protect your lips from premature aging, unwanted discoloration, dryness and many more.
How often?
While going outside.

5. Drink lots and lots of water

Irrespective of how many remedies you try and how many cosmetics you use for keeping your lips healthy, shiny and pink, if you are not drinking water enough then everything goes in vain.
Drinking water is not only required for your body but also for your lips. If someone doesn’t drink enough water his/her lips are always chapped, lack of moisture and has dryness.
Hydrating your body from within and from outer side, both are very necessary if you want those pink baby lips.

How often?

Drink at least 3-4 litres of water in a day even in winters or even more than that. Drink water at regular intervals of time.

6. Have a healthy and balanced diet

“As you sow, so shall you reap”. It means whatever input you give you will receive output according to that. 
 
Your diet also plays a vital role in keeping your lips healthy and moisturized. Your lips indicate the hydration level of your body. Also along with drinking plenty of water, paying equal attention to your diet is equally necessarily. 
 
So, plan your diet in such a way that you must consume below of the vitamins and minerals:
 
Vitamin A : Eggs, fish, milk, green leafy vegetables.
Vitamin B : Milk, eggs, cheese, chicken, fish, green leafy vegetables.
Vitamin C : citrus fruits, broccolli, spinach, sweet potatoes, tomatoes.
Vitamin E : soybean oil, almond, peanuts, green leafy vegetables.
Omega 3 fatty acidsseafood, nuts,  walnut, flaxseed oil, soy oil.

Dont’s:

  1. Don’t lick your lips as it will lose moisture.
  2. Avoid touching your lips every now and then, as your hands might be full of germs.
  3. Don’t smoke if you want healthy and smooth lips.
  4. Don’t apply lipstick directly on your lips. Always apply a thin layer of lipbalm and primer on your lips.
  5. Don’t go out in the sun without wearing a scarf.
  6. Avoid using lipstick every now and then and for longer periods of time, as harmful chemicals/ingredients in it can cause severe damage.
  7. Avoid lip products that contain harmful chemicals like parabens, petrolatum, chemical sunscreens and artificial flavours, menthol, eucalyptus, salicyclic acids.

Conclusion:

In the end, I just want to conclude by saying that lips are the most important and attractive feature of our face, yet many of us have taken it for granted and don’t pay much attention towards it. So, with the help of this blog,  I think I have made some of us aware about the care our lips should receive, not only on occasions but also on daily basis.