Wintertime can do a number on your skin. While you might be remembering to moisturize with body lotions and creams, it’s easy to forget that your lips need to stay hydrated too! Altforé is a natural cosmetic brand that cares about what you put on your lips to make them look lovely, so we’re giving some tips on how to maintain a supple pout year-round.
You exfoliate your skin, so why not exfoliate your lips? The skin on your lips is delicate, so it’s important to use a more gentle exfoliant than you would on your body. You can take a soft toothbrush and brush away dead skin from your lips each time your brush your teeth.
You can also create a lip exfoliant using sugar, almond oil, and honey to slough away dead skin cells and naturally lock in moisture. This mixture is also safe to ingest! These are also healthier and more sanitary ways to exfoliate your lips than peeling the skin away with your fingers.
Drink Your Water
Staying hydrated is important for so many reasons, and keeping your lips soft is one of them! When you’re dehydrated, your skin is one of the first organs to show symptoms. It becomes very dry and your lips will start to crack and peel as a result. It is recommended that you drink half your body weight in ounces of water every day. For example, if you’re 130 pounds you should be drinking at least 65 ounces of water every day.
If you have a hard time remembering to drink enough water in the day, you can set reminders on your phone, carry a water bottle with you wherever you go, and flavor it with mint, lemon, cucumber, or other ingredients so it tastes better and is easier to drink. Remember, too, that beverages with caffeine and alcohol dehydrate you, so be sure to drink a little extra water if you’re consuming these types of drinks.
Hydrate The Air
When you’re running the heater in the winter to keep your house warm, that hot air is also drying out your home and your skin. The easiest way to combat the dry air is to run a humidifier. Keeping houseplants is also a great way to add moisture back into the air — plus, they help purify it.
There are a few other tricks to hydrate the air in your home, too. Let your clothes air dry after washing them, let the steam escape from pots and pans while you’re cooking, and seal any gaps in your doors and windows to keep the dry, outside air from seeping into your home.
Buy your lip balms, lip glosses, and lipsticks from natural cosmetic brands. The oils and waxes used in brands like Altforé are going to naturally hydrate your lips without drying them out more in the long run, so you can have a sleek and polished look while also hydrating your lips.
Natural cosmetic brands are also more eco-friendly, so you can protect your lips and take care of the environment. At Altforé, we only make gluten-free, vegan, and cruelty-free makeup. Hydrate your lips, guilt-free, all winter long with Altforé!