Dry and chapped lips are usually associated with cold and harsh winter months. But much like the winter dryness, summer months and its humid air can also cause your lips to chap. Add frequent sun exposure and habitual licking of lips to the mix and you have a recipe for disaster. Saliva from the tongue can strip your lips of moisture and cause dryness.
The current lockdown and quarantine situation has made matters worse for your lips. Being indoors can make you overlook lip care, but the skin on your lips is thinner than your facial skin and thus, requires the same amount of TLC (if not more).
Here are some tips for on how you can treat your chapped lips this summer!
- Use SPF on your lips
- Use a combination of moisturiser and petroleum jelly
- Set up a nighttime routine for your lips
Use SPF on your lips
The rule of thumb should be to treat your lips like the rest of your face. You can always apply the products you use for your face, all over your lips as well, especially if it is SPF. Sun damage can cause your lips to become dry and cracked, but applying an SPF on your lips can help protect against the same. You can also invest in an SPF infused lip balm like the Lakme Lip Love Chapstick, which comes in a variety of pretty tints.
Use a combination of moisturiser and petroleum jelly
Petroleum jelly has been our longtime bestie when it comes to lip care. While the gels are great for locking in moisture on your lips, their formula itself isn't moisturising in the first place. So if you are applying petroleum jelly on already dry lips, it isn't helping at all. Exfoliate your lips with a moisturiser and then follow it up with the Vaseline Lip Balm Jelly to lock all the nourishing goodness in!
Set up a nighttime routine for your lips
Remember the good old nighttime routine that has done wonders for your skin? Apply the same to your lips to keep summer dryness away. Exfoliate twice a week to get rid of dead skin build-up. Every night before tucking yourself in, treat your lips to a moisturising formula like the Dermalogica Age Smart Renewal Lip Complex. The avocado, shea butter and cocoa seed butter infused treatment keeps your lips smooth and supple.
Pro tip: Show your lips some TLC this summer by treating it to lip masks, essential oils like vitamin E and home remedies like honey and ghee to reverse the damage caused by environmental aggressors.