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Winter Lip Care 101: Natural Remedies and DIY Treatments

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Winter is a magical season, but it can be a nightmare for your lips. As temperatures drop and winds pick up, our lips can take a serious beating. But don’t worry! With a little bit of science and some fun DIY remedies, you can keep your lips soft, smooth, and ready for those holiday selfies. Let’s dive into the wonders of winter lip care and how to keep your smile dazzling all season long.


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THE SCIENCE BEHIND YOUR LIPS

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Our lips are unique compared to the rest of our skin. We're going to get a little "sciencey" here...They are thinner, more delicate and lack the oil glands that keep our skin moisturised. The outer layer, the stratum corneum, is much thinner on the lips, making them more vulnerable to the elements. Without the protection of sebaceous glands (oil-producing glands), our lips can quickly become dry and chapped, especially in the harsh winter weather.


Because of this, we are dedicating this blog post to taking care of our delicate lips so they stay kissable all year round 😘


 

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WHAT HAPPENS TO LIPS IN WINTER?


Winter air is cold and dry, which spells trouble for our lips. Here’s a breakdown of what happens:

  • Dehydration: Cold air holds less moisture than warm air, and indoor heating further strips humidity from the air, leading to dehydration.

  • Wind: Blustery winds can strip the natural oils from your lips, making them even more prone to cracking.

  • UV Exposure: Yep, it is still there even in winter. Particularly if you live somewhere where there is snow as snow reflects UV rays, increasing the risk of sun damage even in the winter.


 

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR WINTER LIP CARE


Keeping your lips luscious and healthy during winter doesn’t require a lab full of chemicals. Here are some natural, effective ways to protect and nourish your lips:

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1. Honey and Sugar Lip Scrub

Exfoliation is key to removing dead skin cells and allowing moisturisers to penetrate more deeply.

  • Ingredients: 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon brown sugar.

  • Directions: Mix the honey and sugar together. Gently rub the mixture on your lips in circular motions for about a minute. Rinse with warm water.


2. Coconut Oil Balm

Coconut oil is a fantastic natural moisturiser that helps lock in hydration.

  • Ingredients: Pure coconut oil.

  • Directions: Apply a small amount of coconut oil to your lips as needed throughout the day, especially before bed.


3. Aloe Vera and Vitamin E Soother

Aloe Vera soothes and heals, while Vitamin E provides deep hydration and protection.

  • Ingredients: 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel, 1 capsule of Vitamin E.

  • Directions: Mix the aloe vera gel with the contents of the Vitamin E capsule. Apply to lips and leave on overnight for best results.


4. Natural Lip Balm Recipes

Click below for some natural DIY lip balm recipes that are perfect for winter lip care.


lip balm recipes

 

PREVENTING WINTER LIP DAMAGE


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Prevention is better than cure, and with a few simple habits, you can keep your lips healthy all winter long:

  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water. Hydration starts from within.

  • Use a Humidifier: Keep a humidifier running in your home to maintain moisture in the air that is lost through the use of heating (unless you use a wood burning fire place!)

  • Protect Your Lips: Apply a natural lip balm before going outside. Reapply as needed.

  • Avoid Licking Your Lips: It may provide temporary relief, but it actually dries out your lips more.


 

EMBRACING A WINTER SMILE


Winter doesn’t have to mean dry, chapped lips. With a little knowledge and some natural ingredients, you can keep your lips looking and feeling their best all season long. Embrace the winter wonderland with a smile, knowing your lips are well cared for!


Stay warm, stay hydrated, and keep those lips kissable!


Let us know your favourite winter lip care tips and DIYs in the comments below. Happy pampering!



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Hi, I'm Mandi. A former primary teacher, Lifestyle Medicine graduate and current Diploma in Natural Skincare student with a passion for natural living.

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