Hey my lovelies! I’m handing over the reigns today on a much needed post on how to keep your pucker perfect during the harsh winter months. Dr. Solmaz Amirnazmi, a practicing physician specializing in internal medicine, committed to preventive medicine and passionate about writing and delicious, time-efficient cooking, is going to give you some good lip and a delicious DIY recipe! You can read her blog “All is Well That Eats Well” here.
I like to think of my kitchen as a “Farmacy” that I stock with fresh foods and spices packed with healing and medicinal properties. Because so many people suffer from painful chapped lips both in the winter with the harsh cold weather and winds, I decided to share my simple softening and exfoliating lip scrub.
There are many causes of severely chapped lips such as certain medical conditions, vitamin deficiencies and medication side effects. However, common causes include dehydration, smoking and oral habits such as licking the lips and mouth breathing. Make sure to protect your lips by using lip balms containing beeswax or petroleum. Oil-based lubricating creams are another option. Just make sure whichever you are using does contain sunscreen and don’t be skimpy when outside – reapply often! Another tip is to apply a nice layer on at night before going to bed to keep your lips moist while sleeping. A few other pointers – ingredients such as menthol, eucalyptus and camphor have been found to cause irritation.
Recipe for My Fabulous Softening and Exfoliating Lip Scrub
You will need:
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar (I prefer brown but white works as well)
- A few drops of organic extra virgin olive oil
- A warm towel (I moisten a towel with water, wring it out, fold and place in microwave for 10-15 seconds)
- Lip balm (as described above)
1. Place the sugar into a small bowl and add the olive oil drop by drop until the mixture becomes a paste-like consistency.
2. Gently rub the sugar/olive oil scrub on your lips in a circular motion (remember, your lips are delicate so be gentle when applying).
3. After approximately 2 minutes, gently wipe off the scrub with your damp towel.
4. Now apply your favorite lip balm to lock in the moisture.
The result? Soft, hydrated, healthy-looking and feeling lips!