Frigid, windy temperatures are hard on the body—anything and everything from your bones, muscles, hair, skin and lips all suffer in cold, harsh climates. Since lips don’t contain oil glands like the rest of your skin does, they often become chapped much more easily than other areas where your skin is exposed.
Nobody enjoys the look and feel of chapped lips. (Is there anything more uncomfortable than the frequent feeling of burning, cracked lips?) Since we’re constantly licking our puckers throughout the day as we speak, eat and drink, they tend to dry out pretty quickly.
When this process happens over and over again, lips become dehydrated and feel drier than ever. This happens when saliva evaporates and more moisture escapes from the lips, leaving us with a rough and dry external layer of skin.
Drink Water to Activate Luscious, Hydrated Lips
Thankfully, there are ways to protect your lips all year long, even when you live in cold, windy climates or spend a lot of time out in the sun. For starters, it’s important to remember to drink water whenever you feel thirsty to fight dehydration and keep your epidermis properly moisturized.
In addition, you need to exfoliate your lips to remove dead skin cells, frequently apply lip balm and lock the moisture in with an Extraordinary Face Oil. Since lips don’t have oil glands, you can’t depend on your natural oils to kick in!
How to Make an Exfoliating Lip Scrub
A sugar scrub made from a mixture of coconut oil and organic cane sugar may seem simple, but it can make a dramatic improvement in the smoothness and moisture levels of your lips.
You can make your own sugar scrub at home by combining ¼ cup of organic granulated cane sugar with ½ cup of coconut oil. Simply use your fingers to massage the sugar scrub onto your lips in a circular motion for thirty seconds. A portion of the scrub should absorb into your skin, but you can wipe off whatever sugar is left over. This gentle sugar scrub can also be used on your face, hands and body.
If you don’t have the time to exfoliate your lips with a sugar scrub on a regular basis, you can even exfoliate your lips with a clean toothbrush!
Look for Nourishing, Soothing Ingredients That Lock in Moisture
After scrubbing your lips, lock in the moisture with a lip balm that contains naturally hydrating ingredients such as coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter or olive oil. Avoid lip balms that contain ingredients like petroleum jelly, mineral oil, phenol and artificial colors and dyes since they can do more harm than good.
Since natural ingredients are the most effective for treating chapped, dry lips, you can just as easily make your own homemade lip balm out of coconut oil or flaxseed oil, which are both filled with essential fatty acids.
Extraordinary Face Oil for Sensitive or Aging Skin
After applying a thin layer of lip balm, top your luscious lips with our Extraordinary Face Oil for healing/sensitive skin or anti-aging skin. Both formulas can also be used on your face to lock in moisture throughout the day.
Our Extraordinary Face Oil for healing/sensitive skin contains calming ingredients such as chamomile, lavender, and gorgonian to provide gentle, lasting hydration. Our formula for anti-aging contains pure rose and jasmine to soothe skin, improve discoloration and boost elasticity and suppleness.
After exfoliating your lips and applying a hydrating lip balm, soothe dry, chapped lips with either of our Extraordinary Face Oils that increase the production of free fatty acids, which are essential for achieving a healthy, youthful appearance while also keeping your lips comfortably moisturized.
To combat dry, chapped lips all year long, care for your lips on a regular basis and protect them as early and as often as possible. Keep a stash of lip balm in as many places as possible, including your purse, your car, near your bed, and near your desk at work. When lip balm is easily accessible, you’ll be less tempted to lick your lips and therefore you’ll avoid the uncomfortable cycle of dry, chapped lips.
Mechanical engineer and Wharton MBA, Maya Crothers, began her career in corporate America where she worked in consulting and operations for a variety of Fortune 100 companies. After leaving the corporate world and moving to Jackson Hole, WY she found the need for high performance, clean skincare that could stand up to extreme environments. This led to her founding Circcell Skincare. She lives in Jackson Hole with her husband, two children and a menagerie of animals.