Winters are not just about warm woolens and bonfires. Lack of moisture in the air and as well as dry and dullness of the skin is one of the early sign that winter is approaching. Lack of moisture also causes chapped and peeling lips that might be embarrassing as well as painful. As the lips become dry, we usually develop a tendency to lick them too often. This makes the saliva take away whatever natural moisture was left, leaving the lips dry, flaky and peeled. Although, it is a little tricky to manage your lips during the winters, here are some easy and effective ways to keep them from drying or peeling during the harsh climate.
Glycerin helps in absorbing and retaining moisture. Being one of the best natural humectants, it is commercially used in soaps, moisturizers, body lotions, shampoos and other beauty and body care products. Take a few drops of glycerin on your palm and apply it on your lips before going to bed. This beauty ritual during the winters will help in healing the damaged skin cells and keep your lips soft and hydrated.
Honey moisturizes and nourishes the skin. It has anti-bacterial properties that help in reducing the chances of skin infections and irritations that causes skin peeling. Take a few drops of honey and apply it on your lips like a balm. Allow it to stay on the lips for about 15 minutes and then wash off with water.
3. Aloe Vera:
Aloe Vera has skin soothing, healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Naturally extracted aloe Vera gel has been used since ages against skin dryness and other skin conditions. When applied on lips during the winters, it calms and nourishes the skin and reduces its peeling and cracking. Leaving aloe Vera gel on the lips everyday for 15 minutes, make them soft and smooth and reduces any pain, redness or swelling.
4. Coconut Oil:
Coconut oil contains fatty acids and essential nutrients that keep the skin of the lips moist and nourished during the winters. Apply coconut oil on your lips as many times as a day as you want and leave it on the skin. Coconut oil is free of any side-effects and being edible, does not cause any harm if it mistakenly goes inside the mouth.
5. Milk Cream:
Milk cream is high on fats and other essential nutrients like protein and minerals. Applying fresh milk cream on the lips helps in exfoliating and gently removing the dead skin cells. The fresh cream then nourishes and moisturizes the lips so that they become soft and smooth. Milk cream also has skin lightening properties due to the presence of lactic acid. This helps in removing any dark patches on the lips caused due to chapping and peeling.
6. Castor Oil:
Castor oil is highly viscous which remains on the skin for longer. The fatty acids present in it nourish and hydrate the lips and keeps them from drying and peeling. Being a little thick and sticky, you need to apply a thin coat of the oil only or blend it with a little olive oil or coconut oil before applying. Being anti-inflammatory in nature, it soothes the redness or bleeding caused due to peeling.
7. Rose Petals:
Rose petals are enriched with vitamin E, the ultimate skin nourishment. The essential fats, minerals and vitamin present in it keep the lips soft and moist. Moreover, its exfoliating properties help in removing dead skin tissues gently, without getting them peeled.