How to handle chapped or cracked lips
By Mutinta Marie
I know everyone wants luscious and kissable lips right? Well, sometimes we can’t get it all, we tend to have small annoying and common problems like chapped, dry or cracked lips. So, ladies and gents do not feel bad at all because this is a common problem for everyone. However for some people it can be a bit more problematic than the norm. To see the difference I have outlined some pointers.
- Normal chapped lips are dry and sometimes you get some bits of skin on the lips peeling off occasionally, but that is the end of it and that is considered the norm level.
- The worst case scenarios, an individual has extreme dry lips with cracks and will have cracked skin at the corner of the lips and that may sometimes cause lips to start bleeding.
- The symptoms of chapped lips are lumps on the lips and white plaques on the corner of your lips.
What are the causes of chapped lips?
- One of the causes is the change in weather. The lips lose a lot of moisture which may in turn make the lips to crack.
- Extreme exposure to the sun is another cause.
- Habitual lip licking; constant licking of the lips is not good, as the saliva from the tongue steals moisture from the lips causing dryness.
- Lack of water in the body (Dehydration); it is important to drink a lot of water especially during summer as the body loses water in high temperatures causing severe cracked lips:
How to treat your Chapped Lips
Easy & affordable solutions
- Make sure to keep your lips moisturized at all times. I recommend using Labello lip balm because it has an SPF15 and comes in a variety of flavors to choose from. It can be found around every pharmacy in Lusaka.
- Good old fashion Vaseline is very good.
- If you are getting cracked lips a lot I would also recommend to using some home-made remedies such as sugar, olive oil and honey mix paste.
Sugar, olive oil and honey mix paste recipe
- Make a small paste with 1 tbsp sugar + 1 tbsp sugar + 1 tbsp oil
- Apply on your lips for a few minutes
- And gentle rub the mix on your lips in order to remove the dead cells
There are numerous other oils & butters that you can use such as Castor oils, Coconut oil, and Shea butter just to name a few to use as a solution for cracked lips.
Ladies and gentlemen drink lots of water it’s hot out there!
Signing out Mutinta
Home- Made Masks
They are tonnes of homemade masks you can do on your own. There is a remedy for every skin type and for every skin problem from moisturising or drawing out impurities, exfoliating, tightening, brightening, soothing and more.
Getting your homemade mask right is essential to making it work for you. So be diligent. We recommend masking once or twice a week for better results.
Our top 5 favourite’s home-made mask for maintaining that beautiful glow
- Yogurt Mask- For all Skin Types
This is an excellent and easy mask for all skin types
1 tablespoon of natural yoghurt
1 teaspoon of honey (microwave for a few seconds to soften the honey)
Mix the yoghurt and honey together. Apply the mixture to the face and neck. Leave for 15 minutes, and wash off with warm water.
For dry skin use an extra teaspoon of honey
For oily skin add a few drops of fresh lime juice/ or squeeze some lime
- Avocado Mask
This is a typical summer mask, full of natural ingredient!
Blend the ingredients together with a blender/ or by hand
Then apply on your face and neck- leave for 15 Minutes then wash off with warm water
- Coconut Oil Mask
Coconut oil is healing ingredient on its own. It is also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. This mask is great for soothing your skin.
2 tbsp. Coconut Oil
2 tbsp. Raw Honey
15 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil
Blend the ingredients together by hand or mixer
Apply on face and neck and leave for 15 minutes then wash off with warm water.
- Turmeric Mask
Turmeric is an herb with anti-inflammatory properties which exfoliates the skin and restores the natural aspect of the skin, it’s great for fighting acne bacteria, hence fantastic for to use as a main ingredient for a home-made mask!
1 tbsp. of Turmeric
1 tbsp. Honey
Blend it and apply on face and neck for 15 minutes then wash off with warm water
This mask is good for scars. It’s simple and easy.
Lemon juice/ squeeze some lemon juice from 2 Lemons
Heat up the honey via microwave and add the lemon juice in the honey and mix. Apply on face and neck for 15 minutes and then wash off with warm water
Drinking Water in the Morning
I am sure you have heard this all before BUT we think it’s worthwhile for us to make it as one of our first articles because we believe that it is vital for your body and wellbeing.
Some positive stuff about drinking water:
It rehydrates your body
After waking up from sleep your body is naturally dehydrated, no matter how much water you drunk the day before. Drinking water as the first thing gives first of all your body cells much needed life. You feel refreshed and energised
Flushes out Toxins
It flushes out unwanted toxins out of your body. While you sleep your body repairs itself, replenishes energy and balances hormones. The result is toxins and other waste materials being released and waiting to be flushed out.
After clearing your body of these toxins, you will feel great and be able to absorb more nutrients from a well-balanced breakfast.
Tackling weight loss
It is also crucial for those are tackling weight loss. It can work as an alarm clock for your metabolism. This morning water kick starts your metabolism & has been proven to increase your calorie burning potential throughout the day. Hint: it allows you to make smarter choices for breakfast. If you know anything about healthy eating, then you know that this momentum is so powerful. There’s no better way to start that momentum than with a tall glass of delicious water.
And guess what! The brain is 75% water so that glass of water in the morning, fires ups your brain and gives you the edge to start the day. That’s a no brainer for me
It also keeps you regular and relieves constipation. The main cause of constipation is dehydration. Drinking water when you wake up will not only cure dehydration but it will help relieve constipation, help to keep you regular and promote a morning bowel movement. This is a great way to start the day.
These good reasons for you to drink water as the first thing you do in the morning. Making it into habit and reap the benefit for the future.
Meet Betty Sakala Serra
Making it big with Forever Products!
Meet Betty Sakala Serra
Betty is a successful entrepreneur who runs her own lodge in Lusaka. Part-time she sells health and beauty products from Forever Brand.
How did she make it to be one of the best Forever Business Owners (FBO) in Zambia? Let’s find out.
Interview with Betty
BWZ: Thank you for taking the time to talk to us and we are very excited to know more about these wonderful products. What made you start the forever products business?
Betty: Hi, thank you very much for this opportunity I have been an entrepreneur for 23years and I wanted to open another business that would create another source of income and that’s how I decided to venture into the forever living products.
BWZ: Tell us a bit about the business Betty?
Betty: Forever Living business is a business that falls under the direct selling model. We deal in natural health products that are made from pure aloe vera and have no chemicals added. The products are made in the USA, and then shipped to over 164 countries worldwide including Zambia where anyone is able to partner with the company and retail the products at a profit. The idea is to introduce the business to as many people as possible who become part of our network .So you make money from retailing the products and from commissions that one earns from their network.
Whoever starts the business is called a Forever Business Owner (FBO) and is encouraged to introduce the business to as many people as possible who will be part of their network. The more active the network is in retailing the products and bringing new business owners the higher the financial incentives.
BWZ: How difficult or easy was it for you to start the business?
Betty: It was not easy as it was a relatively new business in Zambia and not many people knew about it. Therefore my colleagues and I had to introduce a new business and products to a society that were mostly suspicious of new foreign ideals and new products.
BWZ: How long did it take you to fully understand your product range?
Betty: It took me about 1 year to fully understand the whole range as we have about 122 products in different categories
BWZ: And how does someone start becoming a FBO
Betty: It is very easy. You fill in an application form that you can get from whoever introduces the business to you. You then purchase the start-up kit of assorted products at K4600. This can be split up into 2 instalments of K2300 over a period of 2 calendar months.
BWZ: Let’s move to the products. Which products according to you sale the best in Zambia and why do you think they do so well?
Betty: The Forever aloe drinks called gels which contain the 12 major vitamins that the body needs including the B vitamin range. These gels are also excellent for detoxing the body of toxins that one gets from the environment, food , medication etc, and have major Amino acids and minerals that the body needs to support major functions of the body in short they help one to stay health.
The next fast selling range is the detox and weight loss range. This is so because Zambians are now so health conscious and are looking for safer but effective weight management program. We have some of the best natural products worldwide.
The personal grooming natural products such as our fluoride-free tooth gel, the famous deostick, shampoo and conditioners and skin care are also doing very well simply because Zambians love to look good.
BWZ: Which are your favourite products and why?
Betty: I have a number of favourite products.
The Sonia skin care products is just” The can't do without “for my face. It is a made of a cleanser, scrub, serum, and balancing cream. This has kept my skin wrinkle free and is natural without harmful chemicals in other skin care ranges.
My other favourite is the forever bright tooth gel. This product contains no fluoride but has a cleaning property that keeps my teeth white and has natural propolis added which is a natural antibiotic that deals with sore throat, painful gum and prevents mouth odours. This is a must have in any household.
Lastly, the berry nectar is my favourite juice as it is loaded with 9 berries and aloe Vera and helps me maintain a healthy urinary tract system while feeding my skin with the vitamin C from the berries. The list can go on.
BWZ: Which products do you normally have available at any given time?
Betty: Being business minded, I always have a bit of everything as I don't like my clients to wait long when they give me an order.
BWZ: Are your clientele more women than men or equal? Or is it predominately more women? Tell us a little bit more about the demographics of your clientele.
Betty: There are more women than men for the simple reason that women like to take care of their health and are more into the “ look good feel good world” Men are too busy at times to stop and take care of themselves. I also have more women who buy the natural vitamin and drinks for their children for the simple reasons that ladies look after the younger children more than the men. However, I have a few faithful men clients who buy these products every month.
My clients are mostly in Lusaka for the simple reason that marketing efforts have been more in Lusaka than anywhere else. However, with social media now I am growing clientele base in other parts of Zambia like Chipata, Livingstone, and Mazabuka.
BWZ: As one of the best FBO in the country please show off your benefits to us?
Betty: Well first I am a product of the products. I look good partly due to using the products.
The company offers many incentives. One of them is a fully paid up holidays for those that qualify. Under this incentive you qualify for a paid up holiday for two to exotic place. I qualified for 3 such holidays. The first was to an Island in Italy called Sardinia. The Second was to a place called Lake Tahoe, California USA. The Third one was to Costa Novarino, Greece. These are amazing places that are out of this world.
I also qualified for another incentive called the” Forever to Drive” Under this incentive one qualifies for up to k289 000 towards a car of your dream. I did get a lovely car out of it. A Mercedes S500.
BWZ: How has selling Forever products changed your lifestyle in terms of standard of living?
Betty: Well it has created secondary but substantial source of income through the commissions earned and retail of products. This income is helping me pay for my 3 children university tuition fees and gives me extra income to live a good life. I have opportunities to go on holiday to amazing places on this earth and above all it is providing money to invest in other business ventures. In addition, a am driving a nice vehicle which I couldn’t afford before.
BWZ: What a great achievement Betty! Thank you so much for your time and for this fantastic information on your product range. We wish you more success. Love & Light to you.
Selling Forever products is a great opportunity to make extra income for yourself. If this has by any chance inspired you please do contact Betty on 0977 773906 and she will be glad to show you the ropes on how to start up and make it big for yourself.
How to get rid of very dark Elbows and Knees
This is the most cost effective and simple way to treat your skin on your elbows and knees. It is a longer process but look at it on the bright side, at least you are using natural ingredient.
You mix one tablespoon of salt with one tablespoon of water and in that mix add a drop of liquid soap. Massage on the elbows and knees for at least 5 minutes and then rinse and add olive oil or your moisturizer.
Cut the lemon in half and use it directly on the affected area. Do it religiously on a daily base, preferably twice a day. Again, a longer process but, it’s all natural.
Using Vitamin E
Take one spoon of Vitamin E, Glycerine, and lemon juice; mix it with 4 spoons of milk. Massage on the knee and elbow for 10 minutes.
Last but not least, you can use Essential oils, or Chamomile extracts oil on the affected area.
Did you know this about Garlic?
If you smooth your raw garlic on your pimple and leave it overnight, your pimple disappears.