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6 Tips For Healthier Lips

Updated on August 5, 2012
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We put different products in our hair and over our skin to make them look good and healthy, but our lips are often overlooked. However, they need just as much care- if not even more. Because the lips contain no oil and sweat glands, they are more vulnerable to damage caused by various irritants, such as environmental pollutants, the weather, and our tongue.

By following these tips, you can erase and prevent any of this damage and achieve softer, healthier, and more beautiful lips!

Choose the Right Lip Balm.

It is important to choose a lip balm that both moisturizes and protects your lips. Look for lip balms that contain all-natural, moisturizing ingredients, such as shea butter, avocado oil, coconut oil, or beeswax. Also, those with SPF will protect the sensitive skin of your lips from harsh sun rays.

Avoid lip balms that contain mentol. While menthol can give your lips an enjoyable cooling sensation, it also tends to dry them out. A great alternative to mentol is peppermint oil, which will give your lips the same cool feeling while still leaving them moisturized.

Also, fragranced lip balms- while they taste great- can actually further irritate the lips.

Exfoliate.

As with the skin on your face and body, you should exfoliate your lips as well. Exfoliation removes dull, lifeless skin cells that have built up and reveals the healthier underlying skin. In addition, exfoliated lips can better absorb moisture and therefore, will stay softer longer.

You can purchase lip scrubs or make your own. Here is a recipe to make your own honey lip scrub, according to Become Gorgeous.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • a few drops of olive oil

Directions:

Mix the honey and baking soda until a smooth paste is formed.

Apply the mixture on your lips and leave it on for a few minutes then gently rub the lips to remove dead skin.

Drink plenty of water.

Being dehydrated makes your lips dry, so drinking a sufficient amount will keep them hydrated and healthy. It is recommended to drink six to eight glasses of water each day.

In addition, decrease your intake of diuretics, such as coffee and tea. These drinks can have a drying effect on your lips.

Avocados are rich in Vitamin E and can help maintain healthy lips.
Avocados are rich in Vitamin E and can help maintain healthy lips. | Source

Eat a healthy diet.

A well-balanced diet can also keep your lips looking soft and healthy. Eating foods that are particularly rich in vitamins A and E keeps your skin (including that of your lips) moisturized and also minimizes fine lines and wrinkles. These foods include:

  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Fish
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Certain fruits, such as cantaloupe and apricots
  • Avocados
  • Whole grain cereals

Do not lick your lips.

Because saliva evaporates quickly, licking your lips only causes them to dry out further. Moreover, the enzymes in the saliva that help digest food and keep your mouth clean are very harsh on your lips.

Avoid breathing with your mouth open.

Breathing with an open mouth will dry out your lips as well. Instead, try inhaling and exhaling through your nose.



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    • Lady_E profile image

      Elena 

      5 years ago from London, UK

      Very useful and practical advice. I learnt a few tips. Thanks.

    • Sunshine625 profile image

      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent tips for our lips! :)

    • Alecia Murphy profile image

      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I did not know you could scrub your lips until just recently but I think it's worth the investment. I drink alot of water and use vaseline but I think it's definitely worth an extra step. Great tips! Voted up, interesting, useful and Tweeted :).

    • radhikasree profile image

      Radhika Sreekanth 

      6 years ago from Mumbai,India

      I was not aware of the nourishing agents for maintaining lip. Thanks for this information and I would apply them to get a healthy lip.

      Up and useful.

    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      Good information. I have worn lip stick or lip balm everyday from the time I was a teen. I never get chapped lips. I have friends that never put anything on their lips and are always complaining about them being chapped. I think lip stick and lip balm really pertect the lips. Voted up on your hub.

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      mejohnson 

      6 years ago

      Great tips. Never thought of exfoliating the lips!

    • Becky Bruce profile image

      Becky Bruce 

      6 years ago from San Diego, CA

      jenzie, these are all great tips! I like your idea for the scrub to exfoliate your lips, another great trick I use daily is brushing my lips with the bristles of a toothbrush. Not only does this make any dead or flaky skin disappear but it also gets the blood flow plumping so that your lips appear fuller and a deeper red- like natural lip stick! :)

    • jennzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Jenn 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Unknown spy- I only use lip balms as well. I hate the taste of lipstick!

      Girishpuri- I forgot about the aloe vera gel. Thanks for mentioning it!

      Kashmir- Thanks for stopping by and voting!

      Thanks again for commenting everyone!!

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      All great tips and advice within this well written hub .

      Vote up and more !!!

    • girishpuri profile image

      Girish puri 

      6 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Nice tips, in addition i have seen that using raw aloevera gel on lips makes thm very soft and pink in color. useful hub, thanks.

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      IAmForbidden 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      great tips..im guilty with some you mentioned. i aldo avoid lipsticks, just lipbalms.. thanks for the tips :)

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