When it comes to skincare, we often neglect our lips. Sure we may apply ChapStick to them when they get too dry, but we should do more than this.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you want to drink lots of water since water hydrates your lips.  It's also helpful to avoid biting, licking, and picking at your lips since this makes the dryness worse.  Lip scrubs are amazing for keeping your lips healthy throughout the year.  If you have cocoa powder in your pantry, combine it with cocoa butter, coconut oil, and brown sugar.  Or you can make a coffee scrub using lavender oil, honey, and coffee grinds.  Here are other ways to take care of your lips.

Grab Some Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an essential skin vitamin, and you should boost your intake to have healthier lips.  Take two to three vitamin E capsules, break them in a small bowl, and apply them right to your lips.  Chop up some fruits or vegetables that are high in vitamin E and make infused water with them.  Here are a few foods that are full of this vitamin E.  

Apply Natural Oils

Many commercial lip balms contain ingredients that are not healthy for your lips.  Instead, apply natural oils to your lips throughout the day and especially right before bed.  Some good oils are jojoba oil, shea butter, coconut oil, and almond oil.  If you have a large container of olive oil, put some in an old bottle with a cap and take it with you when going out.

Put a Humidifier in Your Room

During the winter months, you'll have the heater on a lot more, but this could lead to drier lips.  Place a humidifier in your room since this adds moisture to the room and decreases dryness on your lips.  If other family members in your home struggle with chapped lips, place one in their rooms too. 

Protect Those Lips with Sunscreen

Just like other parts of your body, your lips are susceptible to sun damage.  This is why you should choose a lip balm that offers extra sun protection.