How To Exfoliate Your Dry, Chapped Lips

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Dry and chapped lips are in need of special care. Exfoliation is a process that can help remove the dry skin, but it needs to be done in a way that will not further irritate your lips. It is easy to do, and does not require any fancy products. Here’s how to exfoliate your dry chapped lips:

  1. Use a soft toothbrush. Rub your lips gently with a soft toothbrush, in a circular motion. The toothbrush will remove dead skin cells, exfoliating your lips. Do not press too hard with the toothbrush, or rub your lips with it for too long, though. This can damage your lips by irritating them and starting to remove healthy cells. For best results, apply Vaseline to your lips before using this method. This will ensure that your lips stay hydrated and smooth. Try to use a soft toothbrush rather than one with hard bristles; the type made for children works well for exfoliating dry and chapped lips.
  2. Use a washcloth. This can be done in or out of the shower. Use a soft washcloth and warm (but not hot) water. Just cover the tip of your index finger with the washcloth and rub your lips gently to exfoliate them. This is an easy step to add into your shower routine.
  3. Make a homemade scrub. The most popular choice uses a mixture of sugar and olive oil. This paste can be rubbed on your lips gently using your fingers, and then rinsed off. Use approximately equal parts of sugar and olive oil; this ratio should form a thick paste. The coarseness of the sugar will exfoliate your lips. Olive oil is known for being an excellent moisturizer, and your dry, chapped lips need as much moisture as they can get.
  4. Apply lip balm. Once you’re done exfoliating your dry, chapped lips, it is very important to give them moisture. Apply Vaseline or lip balm to hydrate your lips. Some are medicated or designed for chapped or dry lips. This will help them heal faster.
  5. Repeat as necessary. Exfoliate your lips every couple of days. Do not over-exfoliate, because this can irritate the healthy skin around and on your lips. About three times per week should be sufficient to remove any dead skin cells and help your lips look and feel their best.

Exfoliating your dry, chapped lips takes just a minute to do, and should be done several times per week. Even if your lips are not dry or chapped, exfoliating them can help keep them healthy. Drinking plenty of water can also help to re-hydrate your chapped lips.


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