In our previous article, we provided our reader’s useful tips on how to maintain a healthy lip condition during the winter. One of them was to exfoliate your lips. In this article, we are going to share three simple ways to exfoliate your lips to achieve smooth and hydrated results.
How to exfoliate your lips
If you want to achieve optimal results after exfoliating your lips, the best advice we can provide is to keep them hydrated. If the skin on your lips is properly moisturized, the dead skin cells and flaky areas will be removed at ease. The dry skin will detach from the surface of your lips with fewer chances of pain and bleeding. Exfoliating your lips is generally a painless process but it is easy to create minor injuries if you are not careful. Use gentle motions when exfoliating and keep the area moisturized to keep the process painless and gain better results.
If you can, try to exfoliate your lips in the morning, after having used a good lip mask overnight. If that is not a possibility, use a thick lip balm or mask for 30 to 40 minutes prior to exfoliation. Once the mask has absorbed onto the lips with hydration, follow these steps.
- Take a cotton pad and dampen it with warm water.
- Wipe your lips clean in circular motions removing any excess of the lip treatment and dead skin cells that might come off. Remember to use gentle motions.
- With a dampened cotton swab, work around the edges to remove dry skin from tough areas. You can swirl around the swab gently for better results.
- Rehydrate your lips with a mask or balm working the product onto the lips with your fingers.
As we mentioned, this process should be easy and painless if done properly. If you are experiencing pulling, do not use force to remove any flakiness. Rehydrate the skin and try once again later. There should be no pain, soreness, or lip bleeding from following these steps. If you get any of these you need to use more of a gentle hand in the process. If done correctly, you will have reduced flakiness and dry patches on the lip area. For even better results, here are basic exfoliation techniques.
This method is perhaps the simplest in terms of the process but also the tools that are required. You will need a thick and hydrating lip product and a new soft toothbrush.
After a few minutes of lip treatment application, dampen the toothbrush under warm water and a bit of lip mask and proceed to massage your lips in soft circular motions. This motion will remove any excess skin and promote blood flow to the area. Using a manual exfoliation technique will make your lips soft, plump, and provide an extra tone of color. After using this motion for a few seconds, proceed to wipe your lips clean as mentioned above and rehydrate your lips again.
Select a specific lip chemical exfoliator of your preference. A chemical exfoliator is used to exfoliate the skin through the active ingredients contained in the product. Although the name of this product sounds intense, it is simple to use. Compared to physical exfoliation (any exfoliation that is done by contact with a rough surface or cosmetic beads and granules), it has a more mild result and performance.
The application might slightly change upon your product of choice but generally, chemical exfoliators work best on dry skin. Apply a good amount of the product onto your lips and work the product with your finger in circular motions. You will notice the product balling up, that is the process of removing the dead skin cells from the surface of your lips. When complete, wipe your lips clean and apply a moisturizing product onto your lips once again.
A lip scrub is similar to a chemical exfoliation but in physical form through a beaded or grainy product. You can achieve the same results with the products that you might have at home. From your kitchen, mix brown sugar and honey in a roughly 1 to 1 ratio. With one teaspoon of each, combine them together to create a homemade lip scrub to exfoliate your lips. Either store-bought or homemade, these products should follow the same application and removal process as you would with chemical exfoliators.