Lip Care 101
Despite how much I love the winter months, it can definitely be a bummer when the cold weather causes dry, chapped lips. Left untreated, they can be a huge (and sometimes painful) nuisance, especially for matte lipstick wearers. However, if you practice a good lip care routine, you can heal and/or avoid any chapped lip moments and ensure a super soft pout all season long. Not sure where to start? Here are the 3 basics of a good lip care routine.
The first step you will always want to practice is exfoliation. This is important because it's what gets rid of all of the dead skin from your lips, as well as helping with circulation and the turnover of cells. You can do this several different ways...buying a lip exfoliation product at the store, using a toothbrush to gently scrub your lips, whipping up your own DIY lip scrub (a bit of honey and brown sugar works wonders), etc. I recommend exfoliating at least every other day throughout the year, and definitely daily during winter. When you're regularly exfoliating, you'll want to be mindful of how vigorous you scrub - be gentle to avoid causing any cuts or scrapes.
After exfoliating, it's time to replenish the hydration to your parched pout. This one is probably a no-brainer, but apply your lip balm! Get into the habit of having a balm or salve on hand at all times - keep one in your purse, another in your desk at work, one more in your bathroom for after brushing your teeth and doing your skincare routine. I'm a firm believer that you can never have too many lip balms, and you don't have to worry about spending a ton of money on them either. If you're looking to keep your lip options affordable, simply pick up an inexpensive container of vaseline and distribute it between a few small containers (like cleaned out baby food jars) that you can keep in different areas you frequent.
The final topic I want to cover when talking about lip care is protection. Even though it's wintertime here in the States and most days have been gloomy and grey, the sun is still up there behind all of those clouds and it's harmful UV rays are still able to mess with our skin. Just like you're applying face products with SPF, make sure to also pick up a lip balm that has some sun protection in it as well. Keeping your lips safe from the sun's rays not only helps them to not get chapped as easily, but it also stops signs of premature aging as well as lowering the possibility of skin cancer.
Do you have any tips for lip care?