How to get rid of dead skin on lips without a scrub?
Exfoliate your lips with a toothbrush What does brushing your lips do? Brushing your lips with a soft-bristled toothbrush helps exfoliate your lips by removing dead and flaking skin.The tiny bristles on the toothbrush are great for exfoliating the lips. They are soft enough not to hurt your lips. A toothbrush can help your lips become fuller, and it only takes a few minutes.To exfoliate with a toothbrush, simply wet the bristles and scrub your lips in circular motions. Use light pressure and make sure to cover all areas. If you experience irritation, stop immediately and try again with a brush with softer bristles.
This helps to remove dead skin cells on the lips, making them smooth and plump. Do this once or twice a day to keep your lips looking their best.
exfoliate with a towel The rough texture of terry towel can be used to exfoliate lips. Make sure to use a soft towel, such as a microfiber towel, to minimize irritation.To exfoliate your lips with a towel, simply wet the towel and rub it on your lips. Use gentle pressure and circular motions. You will notice that your lips look better in no time. If you experience irritation, stop now and add a little petroleum jelly to help moisturize your lips.Do this once a day to exfoliate and soften your lips.
Exfoliate with an electric toothbrush To exfoliate with an electric toothbrush, simply wet the head of the electric toothbrush and turn the electric toothbrush to “slow spin” or “sensitive” mode. Glide lightly on the surface of the lips. As the brush swirls, it removes any dead skin from the lips. Spend only ½ to 1 second in each zone.Do not stay or focus on one area for long periods of time due to the risk of irritation. If you experience irritation, stop right away and apply some petroleum jelly to help moisturize and relieve irritation.Doing this every two days should do the trick. An electric toothbrush is probably too powerful for most people with sensitive lips and it’s not the preferred method, but it’s also very effective at removing dead skin cells from the lips.
Similar to the toothbrush method above, an electric toothbrush can also be used to exfoliate lips. You must make sure to use a soft brush head and an electric toothbrush with a “sensitive” or “low spin” setting.
Exfoliate with tissue or paper towels Tissues and paper towels can also be used to exfoliate lips. Unlike the towel method, don’t rub paper towels or paper towels on your lips, as they may leave behind small crumbs that are hard to clean up.This method works to gently exfoliate dead skin cells from the surface of the lips.To exfoliate with tissue or paper towels, follow these steps:
Wet a tissue or tissue and place them on your lips like a mask. Make sure it covers the entire lips.
Press lightly on top and wait about 3 minutes. This allows your lips to absorb moisture.
Gently tear off the tissue or tissue. This gently pulls dead skin from the lips, leaving moist, fresh skin underneath.
Apply some lip balm or petroleum jelly to keep it hydrated.
Since this is a gentle method, you can do it twice a day. If you notice small clumps of paper on your lips after using this method, it means you need to buy a better quality tissue or tissue.
Exfoliate your lips with a spoolie You can exfoliate your lips with a spoolie. Spools are designed for lashes and brows, so the bristles are generally stiffer and more spaced apart. You wouldn’t use it as an exfoliating toothbrush because the spool is designed for “up and down” motions rather than “side to side” motions.To exfoliate with a spoolie, first clean the spoolie and make sure there is no mascara or other eye makeup on it. Then place the spool horizontally on the lips and brush up and down. Using gentle pressure, do this to all areas of your lips. This will brush away dead skin. Then rinse your lips with water and moisturize with a lip balm or petroleum jelly.Since the bristles on the spool are very stiff compared to toothbrushes, it does a great job of removing dead skin cells. Do this every two days for long-lasting results.
If the toothbrush is too hard, or the brushing method is not too forceful, etc., it will cause damage to the hard tissue of the toothbrush. SO, how do you keep your toothbrush from getting hard?
Run under hot water.
Putting your toothbrush under hot water is one of the most effective ways to soften the bristles. When the water heats the bristles and gets absorbed by the fibers, it softens them and makes them more pliable.
Hold the handle of the toothbrush to avoid burning yourself.
Let the tap water get hot, then place the bristles under the faucet.
You can also try soaking your toothbrush in a cup of hot water, but be aware that the water cools down quickly. Unless you regularly refill the hot water, the effect may be reduced.
Note that while hot water will soften your bristles, it may make your toothbrush less effective. Hot water is also more likely to pick up metals and other harmful chemicals from tanks or municipal pipes.
Massage the bristles.
Some people find that massaging the bristles of a brush makes them softer and easier to break in. This is usually used to soften the bristles on a bristle brush, but can easily be applied to a toothbrush.
Hold the handle of the brush in one hand and rub the bristles with a clean finger or the palm of the other hand.
Use your fingers or palm to press the bristles in one direction while gently pushing the brush in the opposite direction with the other hand.
Switch direction. If you used to push up with the palm and then push down with the brush, start pushing down with the palm and then push up with the brush.
Place the bristles against the palm of your hand from side to side and move in a circular motion. Try massaging the bristles evenly in both directions.
Aim to massage the bristles about 20 times. This should soften the bristles sufficiently on their own, but you can also run the toothbrush under hot water first to further break in.
Try soaking it in vinegar.
The usual techniques for softening brushes can also be used to soften hard-bristled toothbrushes. Warm vinegar is an excellent way to remove dry paint and soften the nylon bristles of a handheld brush, so it’s no surprise that some people can try this trick with a hard toothbrush as well.
Pour enough vinegar into a glass or mug to completely submerge the bristles.
Microwave the glass, making sure to use a microwave-safe container. It doesn’t need to boil, it just feels hot to the touch – try checking after 20 to 30 seconds.
Invert the toothbrush in a cup of warm vinegar. Make sure the bristles are fully covered.
Let it soak for about 30 minutes.
When you’re done, rinse your toothbrush with hot water to remove excess vinegar. You may also want to try massaging the bristles for better results.
Vinegar can also be mildly antibacterial, which is good for any plaque left on the tip of the brush.
If the bristles still smell like vinegar, try soaking them in a glass of mouthwash overnight. If you use mouthwash regularly, you won’t mind the minty smell on your toothbrush.
Buy a softer toothbrush.
Toothbrushes usually come in several grades, including extra soft, soft, medium and hard. Although ultimately a matter of preference, most dentists recommend a soft or ultra-soft brush for both adults and children.
Tough bristles are more effective at removing plaque and stains, but over time these tough bristles can damage your teeth and gums, and you may experience problems such as loss of enamel, erosion of dentin, or receding gums.
Try a soft or extra soft brush for a gentler enamel and gum experience.
Check your toothbrush packaging for the American Dental Association (ADA) acceptance seal. This indicates that the toothbrush meets the ADA’s guidelines for safe bristles, which are not sharp or serrated, and will not shed with regular use.
A toothbrush is your first line of defense against the bacteria that cause gum disease, cavities and bad breath.
Straight bristles and clean, easy-to-grip handles are best for navigating the smaller spaces of the mouth. A soft-bristled brush is effective at removing old food and bacteria that have built up around the root.
If you follow the standard recommendation of brushing your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day, you are already taking steps to protect your teeth from cavities.
Brushing your teeth between meals and after sugary snacks are extra steps you can take to proactively prevent cavities.
Brushing twice or more a day is still considered the norm for manual toothbrushes. At this rate of use, the bristles in the brush will start to fall out and become broken or twisted in about 3 months.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends changing your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months, or when it looks worn.
Once the bristles in the toothbrush begin to lose their firmness, the toothbrush is almost ready to be thrown out. Without bristles to remove food and plaque, your toothbrush can quickly lose its effectiveness.
How often should you replace your electric toothbrush head?
Electric toothbrush heads use rapid rotation or vibration to clean the surface area of the teeth. These brush heads still have nylon bristles that can wear down with regular use. What’s more, these bristles are shorter, which means they may wear out faster.
Plan to replace the brush heads on your electric toothbrush every 12 weeks or earlier. Watch for signs of worn bristles to know when to say goodbye to your brush head.
Other reasons to replace your toothbrush
If you or your family members are sick, it’s a good idea to replace your toothbrush as well as the toothbrushes of others in your household.
Viral and bacterial infections, such as strep throat, are of particular concern, and are good reasons to trade your old toothbrush for a new one.
You may need to replace your children’s toothbrushes more often than every 3 months because they can mash on the head or gnaw on the handle.
Don’t forget to watch your child while brushing to make sure they are not exposing the brush head to any surface other than the teeth.
If someone else misuses your toothbrush, throw it away. Better to be safe than sorry, and everyone’s mouth is different from yours.
How to care for your toothbrush
To get the most out of your toothbrush, care for it like any personal grooming or hygiene tool.
Do not share your toothbrush with other people, even your immediate family members. If your toothbrush is stored in a cup or container with other toothbrushes, try not to let the heads touch each other.
After brushing, rinse the toothbrush thoroughly with running water. You don’t need to use disinfectant, mouthwash, or hot water to disinfect it. Trying to “sanitize” your toothbrush in this way can actually spread germs.
You also don’t need a special closed container to keep your toothbrush clean when not in use. Some of these containers can promote mold growth or spread bacteria.
Your toothbrush is an important oral hygiene tool. To maintain your toothbrush and get the most out of its lifespan, use only your own toothbrush and store it upright and let it air dry.
Plan to replace everyone’s toothbrushes in your household every 3 to 4 months, and mark your calendar with the date of purchase so you can remember when to replace them again.