Do you have problems with dry lips or dry hands? Lips lose moisture three times faster than your skin – so it’s important to be kind to your lips! We list several tips and home remedies on how to avoid extremely dry and cracked lips and hands.
During the winter months we expose our lips and hands to cold temperatures outdoors and warmer as well as drier air indoors. This causes the moisture in our lips and hands to pull out and begin to tighten. We list our best tips on what you can do to avoid these problems!
4 tips for softer lips
- Avoid using lipstick on dry lips. Lipsticks dry out the lips – rather focus on a cured or lip balm with moisturizing ingredients.
- Oils such as jojoba oil and almond oil, but also shea butter and vitamin e are ingredients that help against dry lips. Keep in mind that fatty lip balm moisturizes more than products containing petroleum jelly.
- If you have no lip balm at home, you can put some olive oil on your lips, preferably before bedtime so that it can work during the night.
- To get rid of dry lips, you can brush them a little light with a toothbrush. It causes you to get rid of dead skin cells. Lubricate those with lip balm afterwards.
Extremely dry lips? Test this cure
- Make sure your lips are dry and perfectly clean from lipstick, lip gloss, and lip balm.
- Dip a towel in lukewarm water and massage your lips with the towel with gentle, circulating movements. If you like, you can also use a soft, soft toothbrush.
- Massage until all dry skin flakes have disappeared. The lips should feel soft, not dry and strive.
- Gently wipe the lips with a dry towel.
- Grease your lips with a moisturizing lip balm or apply shea butter, jojoba oil or almond oil.
Wrap against dry lips
Take care of your lips as you take care of your body and face! Here comes a beneficial wrapping for the lips.
- Sea salt or sugar.
- Optional oil, preferably coconut or olive.
- Terry towel.
How to do it:
- Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Gently apply and rub the mixture onto the lips for 30 seconds.
- Wet the towel with warm water and gently wash the mixture away.
- Examine your lips. If they are still stubborn, repeat the procedure until they feel soft and fine.
It is not only the lips that suffer during the winter, but many are also tamped with dry and red hands.
Get rid of dry hands
- To protect your hands from blisters and direct shocks, gym gloves are the best tip! Wear a pair of gym gloves before lifting weights and exercising on machines.
- Also wear winter gloves outdoors to protect your hands from cold.
- Make sure to scrub and peel your hands 1-2 times a week. This makes the hand cream easier to sink into the skin and moisturizes better.
- If you know that you easily get dry on your hands, make sure you have a hand cream in the bag that you can lubricate your hands several times a day.
- To wake up with soft hands, you can lubricate your hands properly with hand cream before you lay down and put on a pair of cotton mittens.
5 common mistakes that dry out your hands
You use soap
Washing your hands several times a day with soap damages the skin’s protective barrier and produces dry hands. Replace the soap with oil. Shower and bath oil dissolve dirt while retaining the suppleness of the skin without drying out. If you still want to use soap, choose one with a pH of around 5.5. It is gentler to the skin.
You wash your hands in too hot water
Too hot water is not good for the skin. Instead, use lukewarm water when washing your hands. Also, do not rub the towel too much when drying. Bath with the towel instead, it’s gentler on your hands.
You don’t use dish gloves
Water and detergent dry out the skin, so always use dishwashing gloves when washing by hand.
You don’t use mittens or gloves when it’s cold
It is important to protect your hands from dry and cold air. Therefore, always wear gloves when you are outdoors during the cold seasons.
You’re not peeling your hands
Many people peel the body and face but forget their hands. Scrub your hands about 2-3 times a week to remove dry skin.
How to make a homemade organic hand cream:
- 2 teaspoons of olive oil.
1 teaspoon icing sugar.
Heat the olive oil for a few seconds before moving the icing sugar down. Then lubricate your hands with the mixture and wood on a pair of thin cotton mittens. Leave the mittens on for a long time, preferably overnight, so that the oil is absorbed properly into the skin. If you feel too sticky, wipe off excess oil with a towel or napkin.