|Did you know that our lips are 100 times more sensitive than the tips of our fingers, making it one the most sensitive parts of our bodies?|
When your lips get dry and flaky no amount of Chap Stick, Vaseline or regular lip balm will get rid of it! Those products will only temporarily soften the problem, but never truly solve it. What those lips really need is to remove all the dead layers of skin that are causing your lips to look scaly.
The skin on our lips is not very tough so knowing how to exfoliate your lips properly is important. It's ok to use your regular facial exfoliant but be gentle, a facial exfoliant can sometimes be too coarse and you could end up irritating your lips and making them sensitive.
Here are a few tips to soften your lips:
1) Use a layer of honey and leave it on your lips for about 10 minutes before using your exfoliant, the alpha hydroxy acid in the honey will help to loosen and dissolve the dead layers making it easier to exfoliate. Keeping yourself from licking your lips might be the hardest part but try to resist!
2) Mix your facial exfoliant with good quality oil such as Olive, Almond, Walnut or even Cocoa Butter which will soften and make your exfoliant slip better. This will create a protective barrier for your lips.
3) Another alternative to a facial exfoliant is a mixture of sugar, honey and oil or investing in a lip product created specifically for lips. My favorite is Phytomer's Lip Plumping Duo; it's a 2 step kit. First use the exfoliant that has both granules and Alpha Hydroxy Acids to remove and dissolve dead cells. Next, rinse your lips, and then use the lip balm to plump and keep those lips kissably soft!