How to Get Soft Lips
We all want soft, lustrous lips, but sometimes Mother Nature isn't as keen on handing us moisturized kissing machines on a silver platter. If cold, harsh weather or bad habits are taking a toll on your lips, try implementing some of the suggestions below to improve the overall look and feel of your lips.
Method One of Three:
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1Apply petroleum jelly at night. You can use Vaseline or Aquaphor when your lips need intense moisturizing and are especially chapped. Apply as often as you like, though it's generally good to use petroleum jelly at night while sleeping and apply a thinner product in the daytime.
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2Wear a moisturizing lip balm everyday. Use a balm with shea or cocoa butter for the best results. Make sure to reapply frequently throughout the day when your lips begin to feel dry (usually about every two hours).
Apply lip balm every morning underneath any other lip products that you use, including lipstick, lip gloss, and lip stain.
Choose the product that sounds most appealing to your condition. Some lip balms are medicated and others contain strong mint extracts that might be irritating to some. Read the label of a lip balm before buying it to ensure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients.
Common lip balm brands include: Burt's Bees, Blistex, Carmex, Chapstick, C.O. Bigelow, Nivea, Softlips, EOS, and Banana Boat.
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3Avoid lip balms with fragrances, flavors, or dyes. These can be drying or potentially trigger irritation in some sensitive users. Choose lip balms with all-natural ingredients (no chemicals) that are free from unwanted additives.
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4Wear moisturizing lipstick. Most makeup brands carry a line of moisturizing lip balms, including Clinique, Jouer, Dior, Benefit, Revlon, Bobbi Brown, and Laura Mercier.
If your style is more drugstore than department store, simply look for lipstick labels that claim to be moisturizing.
Check the ingredient list for shea or cocoa butter extracts and any type of moisturizing oil such as coconut and/or olive oil.
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5Use products that contain at least SPF 15 to avoid damage caused by the sun. Your lips are very susceptible to sunburn and sun damage. Be sure to wear lip protection when going outdoors.
Method Two of Three:
Exfoliating and Conditioning Your Lips
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1Rub sugar on your lips. You can really use any coarse food product, but avoid irritants like salt that will actually dry out your lips.
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2Make a honey, sugar, and olive oil scrub. Combine a tablespoon of honey with two teaspoons sugar and one teaspoon olive oil. Rub the mixture on your lips and allow it to sit for several minutes.
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3Make a coconut-citrus conditioner. Mix 2 teaspoons coconut oil, 3 drops lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon beeswax into a saucepan and melt it over low heat stirring constantly. You can also use lime juice if you don't have any lemon juice on hand. Pour the mixture into a glass container and allow it to cool and harden. Apply it to your lips as you would a regular lip balm.
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4Rub butter, neem oil, ghee, or milk cream on your lips before going to bed. These substances are very deep moisturizers that especially help calm chapped lips. Rinse the product off in the morning.
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5Make a paste with baking soda and water and rub it on your lips. Let it harden and then rinse thoroughly with water.
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6Apply aloe vera gel to red, cracked, and/or sunburned lips. Aloe vera is extremely soothing and helps you get rid of harsh damage from the sun.
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7Rub cucumber slices on your lips. The phytochemicals found in cucumbers tighten the collagen in your lips, making them appear plump