Why Men Should Pay Attention to Their Lips

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How many times have you woken up to dry and chapped lips? The cold weather here in NYC keeps my lips super chapped and dry, and I notice when I'm not drinking enough water they're worse. No matter what I tried, nothing helped, and as the days got colder-and-colder, my lips flaked more. Then I discovered a product that's in just about every ladies beauty regimen—lip scrub. 

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Lip scrub is the perfect way to get rid of dead skin cells on your lips, and for us guys, its something most of us don't do. The condition of your lips can tell you so much, and many of us aren't paying attention to them. If you're not paying attention to your lips, here's three reasons you need to. 

I. You're dehydrated

If your lips are consistently dry and chapped, chances are you could be dehydrated; this combined with dry air (heat), can lead to excess dryness. Take a look at how much water you're drinking during the day and how the moisture around you is maintained. 

II. Allergies

I have [really] bad allergies and aside from sneezing like crazy, a [major] sign I'm having an allergic reaction is: my lips begin to itch. Allergic reactions are not [always] noticed easily, but many times the first signs are through your eyes, lips, and throat so, pay close attention to these areas.

III. Overexposed

Sunscreen is an afterthought, especially for your lips, and if you're not using a lip balm that contains an SPF, your lips are exposed. Overexposure to unprotected lips can cause them to burn, dry out, and crazy so, keep your lips protected with an SPF and lip balm that contains an SPF. 

 
 
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Here's how you can make your own lip scrub.

What you need
Sugar
Coconut oil
Cinnamon
Honey
Vanilla Extract

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To make the lip scrub, mix all the ingredients together in a small mason jar. 

— Mix 1 Cup brown sugar with 1 Teaspoon of cinnamon
— Add 1/4 Cup of coconut oil and 1/2 Teaspoon of vanilla extract
— Add 1 TBSP of honey
— Mix everything together

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A scrub like this is the perfect way to keep your lips conditioned and remove any dead skin; I like to do it once a week. To use it, scoop a small amount with your fingers and gently rub it against your lips. Leave it on for 1-2 minutes and gently pat off the excess sugar with warm water. Follow-up with a lip balm that contains SPF

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How do you treat your chapped lips? Will you give this DIY lip scrub a try? Let me know in the comments below!

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