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Natural Remedies for Dry Lips – DIY Lip Scrub

Say goodbye to parched lips for good! If you want smooth, hydrated lips all year round, the natural way, follow these handy tips and our special chapped lips DIY lip scrub. 

LIP LESSONS 101

The lips have it rough, quite literally. That’s because they’re virtually naked in comparison to other areas of the face and body and are therefore more prone to dryness. While you face features a thick, protective layer of skin, the lips often need an extra helping hand to remain smooth and moist. They have no oil or sweat glands, and they’re constantly exposed to irritants: the saliva, our food and drinks, environmental pollutants, the weather, the list goes on and on!

Our lips need just as much care as the rest of our skin, if not more, so keep reading to find out how to fight off some of the most common lip problems. 

Let us explain in a bit more depth…

Lips have a layer of skin (stratum corneum) that is exceptionally thin and transparent, barely covering the vulnerable mucous membrane underneath.

When lips are moist on the surface from your saliva, they attract moisture from deep within the skin which evaporates into the dry air. Adding to this, when you lick your lips, the digestive enzymes in saliva break down the skin, causing the corners to crack, so it is not just the outside elements that cause painful chapping. In fact, water loss on the lips is three to ten times higher than other parts of the face or body!

Lips also have minimal to no sebaceous glands and zero sweat glands.  These physiological facts combined with climate changes all contribute to making dry lips a recurring, persistent problem. Have you ever wondered why lips can turn blue in the winter? It’s because in extremely cold weather, blood vessels in the lips become poorly oxygenated, making the lips change colour as a result.

WHAT TO AVOID DOING

Avoid repetitively licking the lips in a futile attempt to restore moisture. Even though it may make them feel better, it is actually making matters worse! Your tongue transfers saliva from your mouth to your lips which actually eats away and destroys the thin layer of skin covering the lips which leads to soreness and chapping. Try drinking water instead or applying a nourishing balm.

Avoid being constantly out in the sun which can also have a really debilitating effect on the pout as the harsh UV rays can be quite ageing and lip-shrinking. Natural sunscreen ingredients or a layer of Lip Nourish will go a long way toward keeping your lips looking and feeling beautiful.

Avoid using matte lipsticks or long-wearing lip stains as these can cause some damage. Try to also avoid using lip plumpers that contain harmful irritants like menthol and mint oils.

Avoid any lip products that contain fragrances and synthetic colours as these can wreak absolute havoc on the sensitive, thin layer of the lips.

Avoid marketing spin! There are some brands out there which are a chemical cocktail for disaster, and despite claiming to soothe the lips, they actually contain ingredients have no benefit for the lips and end up compounding the problem. Most often they are poorly formulated and lack beneficial oils, emollients, and repairing ingredients, therefore your lips will remain dry.

ARE YOU EATING FOR HEALTHY LIPS?

While a good lip balm can help, so can your diet. The key to preventing chapped lips is eating more of the good stuff! Different vitamins and minerals found in food ca be helpful to your skin by rejuvenating and restoring its healthy glow. Some nutrients serve as antioxidants, which reduce the effect of free radicals on your lip cells.

In particular, the Omega-3 fats in walnuts and fish help regulate cell turnover to keep the lips moist and beautiful.

Avocados are also one of the most important moisturising nutrients you can have to improve the appearance of your skin and lips. That’s because avocado lipids are luscious, they contain lots of skin-healthy polyunsaturated and mono-unsaturated fats and because of these luscious lipids, avocados house lots of important beauty-fying nutrients and phytochemicals.

Plenty of water is also important, as the lips are often the first place you’ll see signs of dehydration.

THE CURES FOR CHAPPED LIPS

The very best thing you can do to treat and prevent chapped lips, aside from maintaining a balanced and healthy diet and not licking your lips constantly, is to slather your lips in a hydrating and nourishing lip balm, like Lip Nourish.

When chapping is severe or if you notice flaking along with a dry feeling, using a gently lip scrub (which we’ll get to soon!) prior to applying any other products can work wonders. The scrub quickly removes dead, dry, flaky skin and leaves a smooth surface for lip balm application. If you haven’t done this before, prepared to be surprised at the results!

Right before you go to bed, you might also want to apply a swipe of crème-soft Lip Nourish to your lips. You’ll no doubt awake with the most hydrated set of smackers going around!

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KNOW YOUR INGREDIENTS

Use products that contain healthy ingredients which will keep your lips moist and reinforce their delicate protective barrier.

Just like the skin on the rest of your face, the lips benefit from cell-communicating and skin-identical ingredients, and antioxidants. That’s why it’s important to ensure your lip products are 100% all-natural and include nutrient-rich ingredients like avocado oil, cocoa butter and nourishing citrus and almond oils. What better way to guarantee the purity of what’s going on your skin and into your body than with healthy, natural products that don’t pose any dangers to your health?!

DO IT YOURSELF

Everybody’s lips deserve a spa day — a lip facial, if you will! So to help you ease your poor, peeling, flaking pout, we’ve assembled together this super delicious chapped lips home remedy lip scrub that you can do a few times a week to gently remove dead skin cells and moisturises the lips all at once.

Follow with your favourite lip nourish natural lipstick (we recommend the Pink Juniper for a feminine touch or Chai Shimmer for a nude look) and they will look, and taste, good enough to eat!

The coconut oil in this recipe works to nourish the lips while honey locks in moisture and has anti-inflammatory properties to improve the look and texture of your kissers. Avocado oil contains antioxidants called polyphenols which fight free radicals that cause cell damage. This multi-tasking oil is also a good source of vitamin K and potassium which is essential for fluid balance in the lips.

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DIRECTIONS

1. Combine 1 tsp of coconut oil (at room temperature) and 1 tsp of avocado oil with 1 tsp runny honey

2. Stir in approximately 1 or 2 tsps of  brown or raw sugar. TIP: If the mixture is too runny, simply add more sugar, or if it is too dry add a little more coconut oil.

4. Gently massage the scrub onto clean lips.

5. Rinse with warm water and pat dry

6. Follow with your favourite lip nourish lipstick & pucker up!

TIPS AND TRICKS

Discard any leftovers as the sugar will soon dissolve and will be ineffective in exfoliating the lips.

Be gentle! Your lips are sensitive.

Do not use if the skin on your lips is broken or scabbed.

Featured image courtesy of dollarphotoclub.com

Natural beauty

5 favorite natural makeup brands and where to buy

We know our lük women already glow from the inside out and that sometimes you want just a little extra radiance –  so do it the natural way with our guide to 5 top natural makeup brands.  

1. LUK LIP NOURISH – of course!

We are 100% natural lipstick made from superfoods. We have seven shades which are gently flavoured with cold pressed citrus and spice oils to give your lips a gorgeous sheer colour whilst nourishing and deeply moisturising them. We have a shade for everyone, click here to find out which one suits you best!

This year we’ll be developing more food-grade makeup but with organic, raw, vegan ingredients, so stay tuned!

One of our most popular natrual lipsticks: Orange & Juniper Lip Nourish in a sheer dusky pink

One of our most popular natural lipsticks: Orange & Juniper Lip Nourish in sheer dusky pink

2. ERE PEREZ

This is one of my personal favourites. They are an Australian owned company that produce natural make up from quality ingredients including organic oils, plant extracts and minerals that are gentle on the skin and packed full of antioxidants. With no animal testing and very reasonable prices, Ere Perez is at the top of our list.

My skin is super sensitive so it’s hard to find a foundation that won’t react with my skin or cause a break out but their oat milk liquid foundation is very gentle and has great coverage. Also, their award winning glossy black almond oil mascara, stays on for hours and never clumps! (But it does smudge quite easily when you first apply it, so give it a little time to ‘set’)

You can it find at Nourished Life or direct from their website.

Ere Perez Almond Oil Natural Mascara

Ere Perez Almond Oil Natural Mascara

3. 100% PURE

Is huge in the US and they are starting to make a name for themselves here in Aus. Their range of cosmetics and skin care is vegan, gluten free and made from 100% natural & organic ingredients plus they are one of the most affordable natural brands around.

I also personally love their  passion for cruelty free products. None of their products are tested on animals at any stage and even their make-up brushes are made from high quality synthetic fibres instead of animal fur!

My favourite product is their 100% natural, 100% vegetarian black tea mascara, which is coloured with black tea and berry pigments. It thickens and lengthens my lashes and are slightly more water and smudge resistant than Ere Perez’s almond oil mascara.

Our own Cindy Luken is big fan of their fruit pigmented lip cream sticks, that look gorgeous under any of our Lip Nourish. They are coloured with fruit and vegetable pigments instead of minerals and dyes. I love that these ‘lip liners’ don’t dry out my lips or leave a waxy finish.

You can find them  at luk beautifood!

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip Creamstick

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip Creamstick

4. LAVERA

From Germany, Lavera has a great range of organic cosmetics, mineral make up and self tanners made specifically for those with sensitive and allergy based skin. From ‘glow powders’ and liquid foundation to volumising mascara and award winning eyeliner, you will have no trouble finding a number of products to suit your colouring and skin type. They also have a number of gluten free and vegan products available.

But the Lavera favourite has got to be their 6-in-1 Beauty Balm Cream, a global best seller. It gives the skin a gorgeous dewy look (which I love as I have quite dry skin) whilst providing good, light coverage. The best part – it’s made from organic acai berry which moisturises the skin and is full of wrinkle-fighting antioxidants.

My other favourite from Lavera is their beautifully gentle, vegan eye make remover.

You can find them at BioLiving

5. RMS

My favourite thing about RMS is the fact their philosophy is not just about making great organic make up but is also to create products that actually heal and nourish your skin. All their products are formulated with raw, food grade organic ingredients full of living enzymes, vitamins and antioxidants. They are also free of all toxins, synthetic preservatives, damaging chemicals and are gluten, GMO and soy free. WOW. Many of their products use coconut oil as a base.

We love their gorgeous lip2cheek balm. It comes in six different shades from sheer coral to ‘true’ red and gives a gorgeous natural colour that can be applied to both lips and cheeks. My favourite is the ‘promise’ shade which is salmon-pink with a really subtle shimmer. It gives my cheeks a really nice ‘warm’ tint and is the perfect handbag accessory so you never get caught out!

Now, although I have not personally tried the RMS’ ‘living luminizer’ I could not miss giving it a mention as I have heard so many good things about it and it is their BIGGEST seller. It’s described as ‘ultra sheer’ with a ‘stain pearl finish’ that highlights the skin and creates a natural ‘luminous glow’ without being sticky or greasy. This is one is definitely on my list.

Buy direct from their website or at MV Organic Skincare

RMS Lip2Cheek

RMS Lip2Cheek

 

We hope you love these natural make-up brands as much as we do!

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