Chapped Lips? Why, oh why?!
No matter the shape or size, all lips are beautiful. What’s not beautiful, however, is chapped, bleeding lips that make you want to lick ‘em all day long.
Almost all of us have suffered from this pesky problem at some point in our lives. This is because the skin of the lips is extremely thin and delicate. Plus, it has no sebaceous glands (tiny openings that produce oil) of its own so it cannot moisturize itself, unlike the rest of our skin. This causes them to be dry – so we instinctively lick them to ‘moisturise’ them, but all that does is dry them out further. But don’t worry, we’re here with a completely natural lip care guide that will keep your lips soft, supple and super kissable!
The milk steam
If your lips are extremely dry, flaky and peeling, you can give your lips a bit of TLC with some steaming hot milk. Confused? Don’t worry, it’s super easy! Boil milk and transfer it to a small glass bowl. Hold it over your lips so they can take in the goodness. Do this for 3-5 minutes. Wipe off with a soft cloth once you’re done. This helps soften the dead, flaky skin so you can get rid of it easily in the next step. Do this as often as needed.
Scrub a’ dub
The most important step to a soft, beautiful pout is to make sure it is smooth. To achieve max smoothness, all you need to do is take a teaspoon of fresh aloe vera gel or honey and mix it with a teaspoon of brown sugar. Using your index finger, scoop some of this concoction and gently massage it onto your lips for a couple of minutes. Rinse using some warm water and pat dry. Sugar is rich in antioxidants that heal lips. The honey is a humectant that will draw in moisture, keeping your lips supple; and aloe vera has some superb healing properties – as you already know!
Bright, bold and beautiful!
Once your lips are smooth AF, it’s time to give them a healthy boost of colour! To get rid of hyperpigmentation and even out your lip colour, mix half a tablespoon of fresh malai or cream with equal amounts of turmeric. Apply this paste to your lips and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin which helps reduce inflammation and reduces the production of melanin – the main culprit contributing to hyperpigmentation! Plus, the healthy fats in the cream hydrate and moisturize the lips, giving them a plump appearance. Do this once or twice a week to see a difference.
The ghee fix
The last and the most crucial step is to seal in all your hard work. Take a few drops of pure ghee in a spoon and heat it gently. it up so it melts and turns to liquid. Now, apply this warm ghee to your lips generously and you’re done! Easy, right? Do this every night before bed to turn your chapped lips into soft, gorgeous ones!