Posted by Administrator to Pregnancy
Are you suffering like I am (although I'm not pregnant) with chapped lips? It’s not a winter-only phenomenon, but winter is a factor. During pregnancy, many women experience chapped lips.
I seriously can't believe how bad my lips are this winter. (Hint: they don't look like the photo on the left, which is what I want them to look like.)
I've never had such flaky, dry, peeling, gross lips ever (that I can remember, anyway). I think I've just been careless when it came to my dry lips and kept hoping they'd just get better on their own.
And honestly, I really don't ever remember suffering with chapped lips like this. Part of the problem may be that my house is too dry. Part of it may be that I'm not hydrated enough. And part of it may be that I've been catching myself biting my lips and licking them a lot lately.
Anyway, here are the things I know to do to get help with chapped lips—pregnancy or no. I've been doing some of them, but the rest I have to get on ASAP to get the smooth, beautiful lips I want for Valentine's Day. These 6 tips are pregnancy-safe and will work for you and your chapped lips, too!
1. Drink more water.
I've been trying to do this. Sort of. I'm sort of not succeeding. You, however, if you're pregnant, should be trying harder than I am. You have a baby to keep hydrated, too. 64-70 oz a day. Let's go re-fill our glasses now, shall we?
2. Be choosy with lip balm, lip gloss and lipsticks.
Almost every type of chapped lip product out there, from Chapstick to Carmex to Soft Lips to Blistex, contains ingredients that actually dry out your lips. For real. Ingredients such as camphor, menthol, phenol and alcohol make moisture evaporate from your lips! So, not the best choice.
Similarly, while lip gloss and lipsticks won't have menthol in them, many do have alcohols in them, and alcohol on your skin, as I hope you know, makes it dry out.
Avoid lipsticks that claim to be long-lasting, as the fixatives used in them will dry your lips. (And some lipsticks, if you've been paying attention to cosmetic news lately, actually have a host
of really dangerous things in them, like the lead that the FDA found in major brands of lipsticks it tested last December.)
A better choice for preventing or fighting pregnancy chapped lips is to use a natural lip balm that's based not in petrolatum (potentially carcinogenic) but rather in vegetable oils. And for your lip color, use natural lip gloss and natural lipstick that doesn't contain alcohol and does contain moisturizers such as coconut and jojoba oil. We have several natural lip balm offerings on sale now from Mambino Organics, Lafe's and Earth Mama Angel Baby that are safe, natural choices for pregnancy lip care, plus beautiful natural mineral lip colors from V.Sachar MD for pregnancy (like the Crazy Papaya color, shown left).
3. Moisturize before you apply lip color.
Once you get your non-drying, lead-free lip color, moisturize with one of the above lip balms before you apply the color. Remember to re-apply before you go outdoors.
I haven't exfoliated my lips in ages. I used to have a lip pumice that I would use to slough off rough spots, but I haven't had it in years. My simple alternative is to use my toothbrush to gently exfoliate. And I'm re-committing to doing this, starting.....now.
5. Moisture masque your lips.
I need some serious healing of my dry, flaky lips. Lip balm alone has not been cutting it. Avoiding lipstick has not been cutting it. It's time for serious moisturizing with a lip masque. If you're not on a deadline to rid your pregnancy chapped lips, apply this moisture masque a few nights a week after exfoliating:
Lip Moisture Masque
Combine a small amount of olive oil with honey (or coconut oil and honey) and apply to your lips. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. Gently remove with a soft cloth.
6. Stop licking your lips!
I know; easier said than done. While you're at it, though, stop biting your lips, too.
Now kiss those pregnancy chapped lips goodbye!
Thanks for reading and sharing,
Tara Bloom, Maternitique owner