It is officially my lips-are-too-cracked-for-me-to-smile season. Plus, not all lip balms work effectively to treat all that dryness. So, for those of us looking for a budget-friendly home remedy, here are some ways to moisturise our lips using basic kitchen ingredients.
Honey is really hydrating, making it ideal for flaky, shrivelled lips
Honey is a humectant which means it is hydrating, and draws moisture. This makes skin plump and supple while also giving it a glow. Honey also has certain enzymes which exfoliate skin. As a result, flaky skin is smoothened, but without the harsh, drying scrubbing we are used to from exfoliants. But that’s not all. Honey is also antibacterial, which is great if you have cracked lips, because it prevents chances of an infection.
Ghee lends an oily layer of protection to cracked lips
Ghee is clarified butter, so it has loads of fatty goodness to help nourish chapped lips with.This is why a lot of Ayurvedic beauty brands have started incorporating this ingredient in their lip balms. The best way to use it is to massage some on to the lips, and then leave it on for fifteen minutes. Since the smell is not everyone’s cup of tea, we aren’t recommending that you wear it the whole day. Now, the reason we recommend massaging it in, is because pure desi ghee contains bits of grit, and these solids act as mildly exfoliating granules which manually scrub off flaky bits of dead skin. It nourishes the damaged and dry skin on the lips, and can also act as a protective overnight lip balm for those who don’t mind the smell.
Malai is your best friend
It is a no-brainer that milk is moisturising, so malai, or milk cream, is also nourishing. But that’s not the only reason to apply malai on dry lips. Milk can also get rid of dead skin cells and replenish skin, leaving it smoother and more hydrated than it was before. Here’s why.
As we all know, milk contains lactic acid. So, when we apply milk cream to our skin, we also get the benefits of that lactic acid. As a result, dry skin is moisturised, dull skin is brightened, and cracked skin, soothed.
Olive oil is good for those who don’t like matte, thick balms
Not everyone enjoys the texture of petroleum jelly, or thick, matte lip balms. Some people like the silky slickness of a juicy lip oil. If you’re among those, you must try using olive oil on the lips. Since it’s not an oil which gets absorbed really fast, it actually coats the lips like a film, and prevents dehydration.
The way to use it is to apply it on damp lips which have just been scrubbed or washed. The oil locks in the moisture from the water, and also acts like a gloss. Unlike matte balms, it makes the lips feel more plump, supple, and lends elasticity to the skin.
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