The lips are often the most overlooked when putting together a skin care regimen, until it’s too late and dry skin settles in…
With the cooler weather approaching, it’s important to take special care of your delicate puckers since this is the time they’re likely to dry out easily. One thing you can do to take care of your lips year round is to exfoliate them to remove the dead skin buildup and prevent dryness!
Why exfoliate your lips?
In the winter, when dry lips settle in, and peeling becomes tempting, just think about this… peeling can actually lead to even more cracking, or open sores that could bring on infection. Before you know it, you’ve created an even bigger problem for yourself.
What you should do instead is start exfoliating your lips and just as it’s better to eat healthy to prevent sickness, rather than take medication when illness sets in… it’s more beneficial to start exfoliating before you experience any dryness on your lips.
Buffing your lips will not only help to get rid of dry flakes, but will also help to moisturize your skin and keep them smooth and ready for the new lippie you’ve been dying to try!
How often should I exfoliate my lips?
Bare in mind that our lips are made from much thinner type of skin (the mucous membrane) which is different from the skin on other parts of our body.
Because of this, it’s not recommended that you exfoliate your lips more than once or twice per week as excessive exfoliation can cause damage. Another way to prevent damage is to stay clear from chemical exfoliants which contain ingredients such as glycolic acid or salicylic acid. Instead, use natural ingredients to exfoliate with and start the healing process.
My lips are already very damaged, can I still exfoliate?
Lips that are already severely cracked need to be treated with gentle care. If your lips have developed cracks or are bleeding, exfoliate only once and very gently to help get rid of some of the dead skin, then apply a healing natural lip balm. Give them time to heal naturally before making lip exfoliation a regular part of your skin care routine.
What should i use to exfoliate my lips with?
You’re sure to find many lip exfoliator products in the drug store, but pay close attention to the ingredients since chemicals can strip your lips and cause further damage. Some people go the DIY route and create a simple sugar scrub. Others, have found success using a toothbrush to brush away the flakes.
But did you know you can actually use Stem’s Smooth Skin Exfoliant on your lips as well? Enriched with fresh organics like pomegranate, kakadu plum and jojoba, our vegan exfoliant is safe enough for use on the lips. All you need to do is wet your lips and apply a small amount of exfoliant, rub gently in circular motions all over your lips, then wash off.
What if I have an allergic reaction?
As with all natural products, there is always a possibility of an individual having a reaction or being allergic to one or more ingredients. Allergies are personal conditions and do not indicate in any way a fault with the product. We would encourage you to pay close attention to the ingredients to make sure you’re not allergic before using on your lips, and in the case that you do experience a reaction to ascertain the exact cause and avoid future exposure. If you experience irritation, discontinue use immediately and seek medical advice.
A parting word...
Making lips exfoliating a regular, weekly part of your skin care routine will keep dry, chapped lips at bay. Don’t over exfoliate, and always follow with a healing natural lip moisturizer or balm to protect the skin. Have a question about this article? Leave a comment and we’ll be happy to answer!