As a celebrity body parts model to some of the most famous women in showbiz, like Gwyneth Paltrow, Penelope Cruz and Cindy Crawford (just to name a few) Louisa Graves, author of “Hollywood Beauty Secrets: Remedies to the Rescue” is an expert on keeping skin looking youthful – in fact, her job depended on it! Although her book is packed with plenty of tips on keeping your youthful glow, she shared some secrets to keeping your pout smooth and taut.
Regularly exfoliating is necessary to diminish fine lines around the mouth. A great kitchen remedy is one that doubles as a light and healthy snack. Peel a fresh papaya, scoop out the seeds, slice or dice the fruit and set it aside to eat later. Instead of tossing away the peels, take a piece and rub the fleshy inside on your lips and the area around your mouth. Let the moisture dry naturally – you’ll have to resist the urge to lick your lips for about 15 minutes, and then rinse it off. Papaya is packed with enzymes which act like a natural Retin-A. You can pick up a papaya for a few bucks and save $60 or more off a similar service from upscale Hollywood salons, according to Graves.
For a grittier exfoliation, she recommends an over-the-counter microdermabrasion product. She sells one on her site called Microdermabrasion Scrub, made with crushed crystals and pearl powder. Just wet your lips and buff a small amount on with circular strokes. A brand I’ve personally tried and liked is Sevansa Spa Oregon Peppermint Exfoliating Grains, which will leave your pucker with a pleasantly prickly tingle afterwards.
Unlike the rest of your face, your lips don’t have oil glands – so sun, win, cold and heat exposure will zap the hydration right out of them. The result is chapped, cracked, red lips. Graves has a two-part recipe for bringing them back to life.
First, exfoliate and then moisturize your lips. Dab a cotton pad soaked in milk on your lips for three minutes. Milk does double duty: The lactic acid exfoliates while the fat is emollient.
Next, use a cotton swab to apply raw, unpasteurized honey onto your lips. Follow with a coat of Vitamin E. You can find Vitamin E in convenient capsules that you can puncture and get 2-3 uses from. Leave this mixture on overnight while you sleep. The honey will heal peeling, hydrate and smooth your lips as the Vitamin E locks in the moisture.
You’re on your way to smooth perfect lips. Thank us later.