Toothbrush cleans our teeth which is something that all of us know. We also know that we're supposed to change the toothbrush when the bristles start wearing out. Although, did you know that you can even use the toothbrush on your lips? It sure sounds odd and painful, but according to science, doing so will exfoliate the skin on your lips and prevent it from chapping.
How do you do it?
Of course, you need to be gentle with the toothbrush on your lips but since the skin is extra sensitive and soft, using force on your lips will only make it bleed.
Unlike other parts of your body, your lips don't produce oil to keep them moist. And so, they may become dry sometimes. Licking isn't a solution to keep them moist as it will only dry your lips even more.
Hence, you can make an exfoliant at home using some baking soda, toothpaste and ground coffee. However, don't overdo it and make sure you limit the lip brushing to just once in a week.
The benefits of brushing your lips:
- It can increase the blood circulation and even remove flakiness which can make the skin appear healthier and smoother. If you have cracked lips, make sure you skip the brushing and only use the tip of your fingers instead.
- Using a toothpaste instead of any other exfoliants for your lips can actually be beneficial for them as it's much gentle.
- If you suffer from irritation, you must avoid exfoliating your lips altogether. You can in fact use products that moisturize the chapped lips which includes cocoa butter, petroleum jelly, coconut oil, lemon juice, etc.