The benefits of exfoliating skin are many. Exfoliating helps keep your skin looking young and fresh. It also helps reduce blemishes, pimples, infected ingrown hair and other such skin problems that make your skin appear unattractive. Most importantly, exfoliation is done to eliminate the upper layer of our skin. This helps reveal the new skin layer which is soft and even. You might be using different body scrubs to exfoliate skin at home and get a fresh look. But, have you ever tried exfoliating your lips? Lips are perhaps the most beautiful and appealing feature of your face. Exfoliate lips becomes necessary when lips become chapped or discolored. There are various reasons for dry chapped lips, out of which cold weather is one. Other reasons for chapped lips include, smoking, over-exposure to sun, dehydration, breathing with an open mouth etc. The major reason for discoloration of lips is excessive smoking. Over exposure to sun or frequent intake of coffee or tea can also cause discoloration.
You can even made your own exfoliate lips at home. One of the best exfoliator for lip can be made with ingredients like baking soda and water. A benefit of making a exfoliator for lip with such commonly available substances is that you can make it anytime in the comforts of your home. To make this exfoliator, take a teaspoon of baking soda and add 1 – 2 drops of water to it. Mix the ingredients well to make a paste. Apply the paste evenly on your lips. Leave it on for about 2 minutes. Take a soft bristle brush, wet it and rub the layer of the paste with it. You may sprinkle some water on your lips if you need to loosen the paste. Rub in circular motion for about a minute. When done, wash with plenty of plain water. Then, apply a lip balm or petroleum jelly on the lips when they are still wet. Applying moisturizer and oil in this way prevents dryness for a longer period of time. Another method, use a lemon. Take a lemon and cut it into small slices. Take a small slice and put some sugar on it. Rub this lemon slice with sugar on it on your lips. Do it lightly and softly for about a minute. Wash the lips with ice-cold water. Apply 1-2 drops of honey on your lips right after washing with cold water. Allow the honey to stay on the lips for 5-8 minutes. Rinse the lips off well with warm water. Now, apply petroleum jelly or lip balm on your lips. Performance of all the given steps exfoliates lips and provides the much-needed moisture and fatty acids. Doing it once every ten days will keep your lips soft, gentle and shiny.
These were some of the easy ways to exfoliate lips at home. Remember to clean your lips, remove any lipstick, gloss or balm first. Be gentle and make sure that you scrub the complete lip surface and the corners. Exfoliated lips are less prone to chapping and the wrinkles will also be less noticeable. After exfoliation, the lipstick will also stay on better. It’s amazing to see how easily your lip gloss and lipstick glide over, after you exfoliate your lips. If you follow these rules, you will be blessed with healthy lips forever!