The DIY Tricks I Use to Keep My Lips Super Soft
Posted 12/23/10 at 09:41AM by Audrey Fine
And, this being the gift-giving season, I'm going to share my go-to tips. The best news? You won't have to plunk down a wad of cash for a high-end lip polish or treatment kit!
Step 1: Exfoliate. As with your skin, the secret to keeping your lips soft and smooth is to exfoliate -- removing dead skin cells to make way for fresh new ones is of paramount importance if you want them to be soft and chap free. You can do this in a couple of ways. Add sugar to your favorite lip balm or make a paste of baking soda and water and use as a scrub, massaging your lips gently with your fingers. You can brush your lips with a toothbrush and some petroleum jelly. Or, use a wet washcloth to whisk away dry, dead skin.
Step 2: Moisturize. Applying heaps of lip balm to un-exfoliated lips doesn't do much since the product can't seep into the skin. Once they're prepped though, your lips are ready to receive some love in the form of moisture! I use a different balm at night since I want sun protection during the day, but you can glom onto whichever works best for you and use it 24/7.
Want some more good tips? Read this Expert Q&A -- it addresses women's top five winter skin questions.
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