Home Remedy: Lip Care

Our lips have just three layers of skin cells, compared to the 16 layers on most of the face. As they have neither sweat nor oil glands, they dry out easily, so it is worth using some natural remedies to keep them soft.


Colored lip gloss

  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) beeswax
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) cocoa butter
  • 1-2 drops red food coloring

Melt the oils, wax and cocoa butter together in a pan over warm water and stir. Next, stir in the food coloring. Put in a small container to cool. Remember to test the gloss first before applying all over your lips.

CARE

• Massaging your lips carefully with honey on a soft toothbrush every morning will make them softer.

• The active ingredients of papaya also work well. Make a balm by pureeing a quarter of a papaya. Apply generously to the lips and surrounding skin. Rinse with warm water after to minutes and apply regular lip balm.

• Make a moisturizing lip balm by melting 2 tablespoons (30 ml) wheat germ oil, 1 tablespoon (15 ml) beeswax and 1 tablespoon (15 ml) honey in a pan over warm water. Add 3 drops peppermint oil and 2 drops chamomile. Stir until thick then cool.

• For an everyday lip balm, melt 1/2 cup (100 ml) olive oil and 5 teaspoons (25 g) beeswax in a pan over warm water; cool until lukewarm. Mix in 11/2 teaspoons (7 ml) honey, 20 drops of chamomile tincture and t teaspoon (5 ml) tincture of propolis. Stir until cool and store in a cool place.

• A simple, weekly exfoliating lip scrub made with 1 teaspoon (5 ml) sugar and a little olive oil will remove flaky skin and promote circulation.

• Always protect the lips from ultraviolet rays by using lip balm with a built in sun protection factor.

• Drink plenty of fluids to keep the sensitive skin of your lips tender and smooth.

• Avoid licking your lips in cold weather—the combination of wet and cold robs them of even more moisture, leaving them dry and rough.

ROUGH, cracked lips

• Smooth chapped lips by applying cocoa butter or carrot juice or by placing slices of cucumber on them.

• Alternatively, mix 1 teaspoon (5 ml) each yogurt and honey. Apply to the lips, wait 10 minutes and rinse with warm water.

• To make a warm compress, mix equal amounts of fresh thyme and dried chamomile flowers. Pour 1 cup (250 ml) boiling water overt teaspoon (5 ml) of the mixture, steep for 10 minutes and strain. Dip a soft, sterile cloth into the warm liquid and apply to lips for 20 minutes.

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