*Guest Post by Katleen*
Remember the day you failed to brush your leather shoes with some nice polish for a few days? What happened to them? Chances are you found the all cracked up and was even painful to wear. Same is the case with your life.
Lips are one part of the body that always mesmerizes. The thing is unlike the skin covering most of the rest of the body, lips do not have melanin to protect them from sun’s rays, which cause tanning. They also have no oil glands to rejuvenate them in harsh conditions. As such, I would say it is one vulnerable area when neglected.
If you don’t pay the much-needed attention to them they become dry, chapped and in worst case – itchy. You don’t want that now do you?
There are many causes for dry and itchy lips including underlying medical conditions. However, in most cases it is caused by some idiosyncrasy behaviors that as humans decide to adopt that do not help us in any way.
Just some simple lifestyle changes and you will have some soft, beautiful-looking, pink lips. Need I say the number of embarrassing and annoying situations you will save your beautiful self from? Below are a few tips to help you on how to go about this.
Drop the Lip Licking Habit
The moment you lick your lips, you give then the illusion of moisture in the form of saliva. Since it’s not, once it dries up (which it does pretty quickly), it leaves your lips even drier than it was.
Saliva also contains digestive enzymes that dry tissue out. As such, continuous lip licking leaves you with dry, chapped, and painful lips. To those people who think that licking lips are sexy, are you for real?
Vitamin B Intake
A vitamin B deficiency can contribute in dry, cracked lips in some people. Eating foods rich in this vitamin will ensure to help you have those beautiful lips you have been yearning for. Such foods include green vegetables, whole grains, and nuts.
Itchy, chapped lips can also be a sign of dehydration. Taking enough water per day will help you by moisturizing your lips and stop the itching. The 8 hour of glasses per day notion is not just there to be heard, but rather to be acted upon.
Use A Lip Balm
Opt for those that contain beeswax and petroleum and do not have flavors, fragrances or color. The lip balm will act a sunscreen from the sun and also since they do not contain any flavors, the tendency to lick your lips is very low.
Before heading to sleep, apply a thick layer of Vaseline on your lips. It ensures they stay moisture the entire night and reduces the tingling. When outdoor, also apply Vaseline on your lips and non-flavored Chap Stick.
Honey and Sugar Scrub
Scrubbing your lips with sugar and honey mixture will help remove the dead skin on the lips revealing some soft pink lips. Do it every night before retiring to bed.
Great looking lips are one of the major requirements to having a sweet, warm smile. If they are all dry and itchy, even the simple thing like smiling becomes a nightmare and makes one feel uncomfortable whenever with people.
If the above tips do not work, consider making an appointment with your doctor as it may be a sign of a serious medical problem such as anemia or diabetes. A proper medical examination will determine the cause.
About the Author: Katleen Brown is a health, beauty and fitness writer. She is a long-time native from Ashburn, Virginia, USA, who loves to publish her articles on various health related websites. In her spare time, she likes to do research and collect skin care information to bring awareness to the most recent health and beauty issues, and innovative remedies that can help save the lives of people while bringing down the costs of health care. Get in touch with her on Pinterest and Twitter.