You may already be exfoliating your face or body a few times a week or month for the skin-smoothing benefits, but are you treating your lips to the same?
Exfoliating removes the flaky, dry skin that can build up on chapped lips, revealing smoother, softer skin underneath. There are a few ways you can go about lip exfoliation. Gently rub your lips with a dampened soft washcloth or toothbrush, or use a lip scrub to remove dead skin. Some lip balms can also help with exfoliation. Phenol, a common ingredient in balms, is an antiseptic, which means it kills germs, but it also helps slough off any old, dry skin on the lips. Salicylic acid is also an exfoliant, commonly found in skin care lotions and cleansers, but also found in some lip balms. Also look for lip balms that contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). AHAs help exfoliate and also help to retain moisture in your skin.