By Ethel Huizar
We all know we have to protect our skin during the summer with the help of sunscreen, generous amounts of water, and a proper diet. However, we often neglect our lips when we care for our faces, and they suffer tremendously. Our lips do not come with their own set of glands to offer them the moisture and protection they need, so it is our job to keep them safe from dehydration, sunburns, and infections.
Sunburn causes some of the most common lip troubles: blisters, chapping, flaking, swelling and itching, and so on. The first rule you need to remember this season is that you need to use an SPF lip balm every day, once every two-three hours, according to the American Dermatological Association. However, you have other means of keeping your lips safe and healthy this summer. Here’s four of them in detail!
When you have dry lips in general or you spend a day outside, your lips tend to dry, flake and peel. Sometimes, your lips can suffer enough damage to crack and bleed. When your lips show these signs, you should consider exfoliating them to remove dead skin cells, therefore allowing them to better absorb the care products you are going to use next. Moreover, exfoliated lips make the best “canvas” for smooth, luscious makeup.
Regarding lip exfoliation, you can opt for a cosmetic product, but natural ingredients and remedies work faster, better, and are of course, cheaper and at hand.
- Sugar and olive oil/honey – sugar is a natural abrasive product that will smoothly exfoliate your lips, stimulate blood flow, and massage the tissue. For a sugar-based exfoliation, you can use olive oil or honey. These natural ingredients also come with plenty of benefits for your lips, enhancing their health, hydration and moisture levels, look, and firmness. Honey also acts as a natural antibiotic, so it will also heal any cracks or itchiness you might feel.
Other ingredients in your exfoliation treatment for smooth, plump, and healthy lips include baking soda, coconut oil, coffee grounds, oatmeal, rose water, glycerin etc.
2. Immediate Damage Control
No matter how careful we are with lip protection, sometimes we have to deal with itchiness, pain, swelling, sun blisters, chapped lips, burning sensation, even infections and other damages. The most important step here is to take immediate action; if you let the problems disappear on their own, they will get worse. For serious lip burns or blisters, you need to make a doctor’s appointment. Until then, you have some means of alleviating your suffering by using the following methods:
Lip burns that cause itchiness and swelling
- Apply cold Aloe Vera gel on your lips – Aloe Vera has healing properties and can offer a cooling effect while helping the skin cells repair.
- A good method on how to treat sun blisters on your lips is to apply an antibiotic cream on the damaged area; moreover, you need to refrain from popping the blister yourself;
Chapped and Flaky Lips prone to Bleeding
- Apply Aloe Vera gel to your lips for a cooling and healing effect;
- Apply marigold cream for hydration, moisturizing, and healing;
- Use cold compressions with green tea, milk, ice, or marigold tea;
- Raw honey has anti-inflammatory and antibiotic effects;
- Use celandine tincture to reduce inflammation, stop bleeding, and heal wounds – it will sting a little, but it works miracles for skin damage;
- Apply cold pomegranates juice – the fruit is an excellent natural remedy for many illnesses; it has an anti-aging effect on your lips and will give them a natural boost of vitamins, together with a healthy natural pink tint.
3. Hydration and Moisturizing
One of the most important things to know when caring for your skin in general and for your lips, in particular, is that you need to pay attention to your hydration and moisturizing routines. During the summer, when skin loses its natural moisture and your lips need extra help, you can use a handful of products and methods to preserve their luscious, healthy look and feel. Here are a few ways to keep your lips and skin glowing and luscious:
- In case you want to use cosmetic products, make sure you find some based on beeswax, paraffin, petroleum gel, or glycerin. These substances offer a strong protective layer against UV rays and give your lips the hydration and moisturizing they need.
- If you want to use natural products, herbal remedies, and homemade recipes, you should keep the following ingredients close (and use them as base): olive, coconut, argan, and jojoba oil; you can always add avocado for its rich vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids content; honey; milk; yogurt etc.
- You can also use some cold compressions with pomegranate juice, beets, or rose water to give your lips a boost of nutrients and a rosy healthy pink shade.
4. Proper Diet
Summer is a long season and we know we should not stop protecting our skin and lips just because the calendar says beach season is over. Therefore, you should add to the means and methods mentioned above a proper, balanced diet containing plenty of water and vitamins.
There is a direct relationship between skin health and nutrition and you should take advantage of everything summer has to offer. For the best skin care during summer, here is what you should introduce in your diet:
- Drink at least one gallon of water daily;
- Eat more strawberries, peaches, watermelon, avocado, citrus fruits etc. These fruits contain plenty of water and very important quantities of vitamins and minerals that are good for your skin;
- Keep away from processed foods, sweets, sodas, and artificial sweeteners even if you feel tempted to drink cold soda beverages; juice fruits and lemonades are a better idea.
- Continue a healthy skin and lip meal plan even in fall and winter – you have plenty of delicious fruits, vegetables, and legumes to nourish your skin and lips.
Scientific studies tell us that foods containing omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and vitamin C provide antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that protect against skin damage and keep it healthy, firm, and glowing – including lips.
Stay safe this summer and make sure your lips look amazing with these simple tips. If you have your own secrets to keep your skin and lips gorgeous all year long, feel free to share them with us!
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