By Lizbeth Kariuki
Is it always true that looks don’t matter? There are times when I have stared at the lips of the person talking to me and thought “Boy, all the difference it would make if you put some Vaseline.” Instead I make subtle suggestions through hints like licking my lips, or picking out my lip balm and putting it on hoping they will ask to use some (not that I like sharing it). I think I’ll compare this situation to when the person you’re talking to has bad breath, or something on them that you desperately want to remove, so at the end of the conversation you did not catch a word of what was said because your concentration was elsewhere. It’s the little things, you know?
Here are some of the ways I treat my lips to keep them moisturized.
How to get rid of that white stuff that appears on your lips
I had to begin with this because it’s happened to me too many times before. And I hate it. It is mainly caused by dead skin cells on the lips or at times the type of lip balm or lip moisturizer used.
TIP 1: Get rid of dead skin cells!
Here’s how an old toothbrush can come in handy. Put some petroleum jelly on your lips and brush off dead skin with a toothbrush. Similarly, to keep your lips from chaffing, use your toothbrush to brush off dry skin everyday after brushing your teeth.
NB: Be careful not to bruise your lips by brushing them too vigorously. Sometimes you can rub a towel over your lips to remove dead skin cells. This way you won’t suffer from chapped lips either.
TIP 2: Try and find the right lip moisturizer for you!
I use Vaseline. Of course there are several brands out there, and it is up to you to find what suits you. If you find that you get the white stuff on your lips too often, it could be that you need to switch brands of lip moisturizer. If you can’t find one that suits you, just stick to petroleum jelly – I swear it’s the best beauty solution ever!
TIP 3: Maintain smooth lips!
You can put some petroleum jelly or lip balm every night before going to bed, and your lips will thank you.
TIP 4: What if you have cold sores-Egh!
If you have any cold sore’s or wounds on your lips, the best thing to do is not apply products such as lipstick. Allow for the wound to heal fully, but if you must use moisturizer, use petroleum jelly. There are also great products with ingredients that contain healing properties, such as… if you suffer from severely dry lips.
Petroleum Jelly can be bought for anywhere between Ksh35/- and above depending on the brand.