Ask the Swag Gal – October 5, 2011

Today’s question comes from a Swaggernaut looking for a chapped lips remedy:

“I just got a taste of what is to come now that the season is changing…My lips are a wreck.  I just  wish there was something out there that would REALLY do the trick.  I have used most everything from chapsticks to vaseline and the problem seems to stay the same.  I wonder if you may know something about caring for your lips in the wintertime.”

With the colder seasons upon us, it is very common to start experiencing dry skin and chapped lips.  Don’t you just hate that feeling of those cracked, peeling, and painful lips?  But, just because there’s no more heat it doesn’t mean that you have to suffer in discomfort.  There are certainly ways to keep your skin perfectly smooth and your lips irresistibly kissable.  I found a great article on that has some wonderful tips on healing your chapped lips.

Dr. Caroline Kublenzer, associate professor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania, came up with what she likes to call the “Ultimate Solution” for chapped lips.

  • Mix 1 teaspoon salt in 2 cups warm water.
  • Soak a clean cloth in the solution.
  • Press on your lips for several minutes.
  • Pat dry and immediately follow with a (natural) waxy lip balm. An alternative is Un-petroleum Jelly. Composed of pure plant oils and all natural waxes, it is free of petroleum products.

Repeat this process every day for 1 to 2 weeks and you’ll notice a huge difference.

After you’ve healed your damaged lips, it’s important to maintain their health.  Lip balm offers the best protection for fragile lips.  “Your lips have thin skin and lack protective oil glands. To ensure adequate moisture, apply a natural lip balm frequently throughout the day…If you wear lipstick, apply lip balm first.  Let this dry, then apply lipstick.  Choose a creamy, rather than a matte, finish.  Matte lipsticks have a drying effect.”  Make sure you reapply after eating and drinking, and you may need more applications throughout the day depending on the temperature and aridity of the air.

Finding a good, natural lip balm is just as important as applying it.  Natural lip balms have healing botanicals and natural oils that help nurse your lips back to health and keep them there.  Before buying a moisturizer, check for ingredients such as:

  • Calendula and aloe vera
  • Almond, coconut, jojoba, and vitamin e oils
  • Shea butter and beeswax

The Australian College of Health Services came up with a recipe for a hydrating and healing lip balm.  Although it may not taste the best, it will certainly get the job done.

      ½ teaspoon honey
      ½ teaspoon castor oil
      ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Mix up the ingredients and apply it before bedtime.  Make sure to keep any leftovers in the refrigerator.

If you want to exfoliate your lips to reveal healthier skin underneath, dip a soft toothbrush in warm water and lightly brush your lips in a circular motion.  Try this once or twice a week, right after brushing your teeth.

After following any or all of these steps, you should be ready to pucker up!


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