With winter looming over us, everyone has the dreadful fear of having chapped lips. Dry and chapped lips are quite ugly to look at and can also turn out to be very painful in extreme cases. Having dry lips is pretty uncomfortable and irritating. But this winter you don’t have to bother with them anymore. Exfoliating your lips properly can help your lips from a great deal of trouble and pain.

What to use?

Get a soft toothbrush. If you have sensitive skin, you can even use children’s toothbrush or a brush with extra soft bristles. Keep this toothbrush aside just for this purpose and don’t mix it with the regular ones. Next, you need to pair it up with a lip scrub. You can do some handmade lip scrub online shopping if you are a fan of natural and handmade products. You can even choose to make your own at home by creating a paste by mixing water with bicarbonate soda, or by mixing coconut oil and brown sugar. A much pre-packed product has humectants which lock in the moisture in your lips so that they don’t feel dry afterward.

How to use?

First, you need to apply your lip scrub on your lips or on the toothbrush. Then move the toothbrush on your lips in a circular motion, firmly but not roughly to properly exfoliate your lips. A good lip scrub contains both exfoliating as well as moisturizing agents. So let the scrub sit on your lips for about a minute, so that its moisturizing elements get absorbed into the lips. Then use a damp cloth to wash off the scrub. Apply a thin layer of lip balm on your lips after to further protect your lip.

How often to use?

You would want to exfoliate your lips more often in winter, but scrubbing your lips more than twice a week can be a little risky. The skin on our lips is quite delicate so you can’t apply the same rules for your lips which you apply for the rest of your skin. This can exacerbate the original problem.

What to avoid?

Though all this might seem pretty easy to follow there are certain things which you should keep in mind and avoid doing them.

You should never use your toothbrush on dry lips. This will not exfoliate your lips properly and instead cause irritation and redness. If you are all out of the scrub, then apply a little bit of balm on your lips and then use the toothbrush. Using the brush on dry lips will scrub off too much skin which is not desirable.

You can buy a handmade lip scrub online India. But whenever you buy a lip scrub check whether it contains salicylic acid or not. Salicylic acid helps in the exfoliation of your lips but can cause irritation when you use it too often, so it is better to avoid it.

In case you start feeling irritation from any of the products you have been using, stop using it immediately. The damage caused cannot be undone by increasing the application of the product.