Stir together one eighth of a cup of sugar and half an ounce of almond oil to form a paste. If your mixture is still thick, add up to another half-ounce of oil. Rub the concoction on your lips once or twice a week. That should eliminate dead skin cells and leave your lips looking smooth and supple. Store the excess scrub in an airtight container at room temperature for up to six months.
Moisturize your lips as needed throughout your day with a lip balm made without petroleum or artificial colors or scents. Look for a balm that contains natural antioxidants, such as cranberries, which keep your lips as soft as possible. Spread just a thin coat of the balm on your lips when you get the urge. If you lick the balm off your lips throughout the day, you're probably using too much.
Pick a lip balm that comes in a tube, rather than a pot. Using your finger to rub lip balm on your lips can spread bacteria.
Try not to lick your lips too much, sexy though it may be. Saliva can eat away at the delicate skin of the lips and cause them to crack. You also need to avoid chewing on your lips, or picking at flaky skin near your mouth. All that will do is invite bacteria into your kissers.
Drink a lot of water. It's a common tip for basic good health, but a properly hydrated body will also maintain the moisture in your lips.
Choose your lip balm carefully. Even some natural ingredients can strip moisture away from your mouth. Avoid balms made with eucalyptus, menthol or camphor in favor of those made with natural moisturizers such as shea butter or sunflower seed oil.
Use a washcloth or a clean toothbrush to exfoliate your lips with the sugar scrub.
Protect your mouth from sunburn, even in the winter, with a layer of a natural lip balm with at least 15 SPF.