Not only are our lips pretty to look at, they are also quite delicate. The skin on our lips is thinner than the skin on other parts of the body making it more vulnerable and readily prone to damage. Thin skin also makes it susceptible to rapid moisture loss leading to dryness and chapping causing roughness and flaky skin. Winters, especially are a testing time when it comes to lip care but to keep the lips soft and supple always, good care is usually required all year round. Dry air, het and pollution can make the lips become dry easily and often. Lack of attention and carelessness can lead to painful cracks and unsightly peeling of skin. The problem amplifies if you are fond of wearing lipsticks and no lipstick lover would be caught dead with her lipstick bleeding away or cracking on the pout.
So, apart from usual moisturising, what can help keep your pout soft and beautiful looking always?
The answer is Exfoliation.
Yes, it’ not just for the face or the body, but also for your lips. Scrubbing the lips once or twice a week can remove dead skin cells and get rid of loose skin that might end up drying and hanging on the skin’s surface unnecessarily. When done correctly, scrubbing also improves blood circulation making the lip naturally pink and healthy.
But, it’s important to know how to exfoliate lips properly so that you don’t cause any damage.
Why you should consider exfoliating lips?
Dry or rough lips not only ruin a polished look, they can cause you significant pain and discomfort. Even if you are in the habit of whipping out the lip balm frequently, you might see peeling skin every now and then. While factors like extreme wind, exposure to direct sunlight and pollution can dehydrate your lips, simple act like licking the lips and not drinking enough water can also cause them to become dry.
Exfoliating the lips before moisturising sloughs off loose and dead skin form the skin’s surface, making them smoother and soft. Also, exfoliating the lips right before application of lipstick will give a polished look and better colour payoff.
Tips to exfoliate correctly
When exfoliating your lips, remember these important tips:
Be gentleDo not exfoliate the lips for too long and avoid exerting too much pressure while exfoliating the lips.
Don’t over scrub
Lips are different from your face as the skin is very delicate. Limit your lip exfoliation to once or maximum twice a week. In winters don’t scrub them more than once a week.
Always moisturise after exfoliating
Layer your lips with a rich lip balm before you start to exfoliate. This will prevent dryness during and after the routine.
What will you need?
Apart from being rough on your lips, you must avoid using anything that is harsh for the skin. Coarse, large exfoliating particles can be abrasive and end up damaging the thin skin.
While picking a lip scrub, look for natural ingredients and fine particles that will gently scrub the surface without making the lips sore or dry. The most common things used to exfoliate the lips are coconut or olive oil with sugar, Vaseline with tooth brush, lip masks, scrubs and loofahs.
Whatever works for you, some of these ingredients can be messy and cannot be carried around everywhere. Lip scrubs are quite handy that way and give you great results when it comes to caring for lips. It’s a non-messy way to exfoliate the lips, not to mention, easy to carry.
Why do you need a lip scrub?
A lip scrub has found a place in our beauty arsenal due to its various benefits, keeping the lip smooth for one. Lip scrub also hydrates the lips, polishes it, and may also add a tint. Not to mention they are incredibly convenient and handy.
Lip scrubs generally contain two components: an emollient and an exfoliant. The emollient provides a hydrating base for the exfoliant, making the product easier to apply to the lips. Emollients in lip scrubs are typically natural oils and/or butters like jojoba oil, olive oil, shea butter etc. The exfoliant has fine to medium coarse particles that delicately strip the skin of extra skin. The emollient and exfoliant work together to moisturise and smooth your lips.
MyGlamm’s Scrubilicious is a transparent finish lip scrub in pencil form that leaves you with smooth, polished and soft pout. It comes with fine particles that exfoliate the lips gently and dissolve on the surface of the lips, requiring no wiping later on. The Jojoba oil moisturises and nourishes the lips keeping it delectably soft and supple. It is ideal for dry, chapped lips or simply when your lips need a good exfoliation, even while you are on the go. It comes in crayon form that is easy to carry and apply as it just melts on the lips, making it handy and non-messy.
Another advantage Scrubilicious has it that it can double up as a base for lipstick for smoother application. When worn alone, it gives a lovely rosy tint to the lips that lasts all day. Also, Scrubilicious is Dermatologically tested and approved, free of mineral oils, preservatives and animal derived ingredients that makes it suitable for all sin types. Being totally cruelty-free, it is safe for your conscience as well as your lips. Now say goodbye to chapped, flaky lips and scrub away those blues with Scrubilicious.