I don't know about you, but in the winter my lips get super dry. Well, they're dry all year round but this season definitely doesn't help! I've made it my mission to try more with my lips and I'm partial to carrying several lip balms and salves around in my coat pockets and bag. Before applying your next coat of lipstick, why not treat your lips to a mini-pamper session?
Starting out it's always easy to slather on a bit of nourishing lip balm. It softens the lip surface enough to work with, and gives your lips that much needed initial injection of moisture. I tend to lean toward Smith's Rosebud Salve, as it's intensely hydrating with a mixture of oils. Think Vaseline with a kick! Alternatively, Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rosé is a thicker formula that I only have to re-apply every 4 hours or so. If you don't want to go this route, just use some water.
Apply a generous layer of lip scrub, making sure to coat the entire top and bottom lip. There are a few out there if you look hard enough, but I have a soft spot for the offerings from Lush. Currently I'm using Santa's Lip Scrub, as it's cola flavoured, bright red and has these cute little edible hearts in there too. They have a bunch of different flavours and often come out with limited edition ones that you should snap up before they sell out!
Take your finger and really go to town scrubbing it in circular motions, back and forth across the lip. Sometimes I'll repeat steps 2-3, just to make sure I've taken off that hard top layer. For added exfoliation, you could always use your toothbrush. Lightly rub the bristles over your lips like you would the scrub.
If you've got an edible scrub, give your lips a good lick and wipe away and excess. If you're not so fortunate, a soft flannel work equally well.
The last step is a great one to get the hang of before applying any other lip product, and that's to put a layer of lip balm or salve on. It stops any dehydration from your lipstick, and keeps your lips in perfect condition. A product I reach for all the time is Cymex. This little yellow tube has saved my sanity on many an occasion, sorting out those dry and flaky troubles that can occur in the cold weather. But if I want to go without colour but to add dimension, I apply The Body Shop Natural Lip Roll-On in Orange. It gives me a 'gloss' look that's moisturising and non-tacky.
- Don't lick your lips! As tempting as this can be, and feel like it can help those dry, flaky areas that you can't seem to moisten, DON'T! Saliva actually drys out your lips, and is a sure fire way to exacerbate the problem. This goes double for biting, which we can all be guilty of from time to time.
- Throw away your crappy cheap lip salves and balms and opt for something moisturising. You need your lip product to work for you in the best possible way, and that means creating a barrier that seals in moisture. A good lip product will most likely contain vitamin E or nourishing oils too.
- Believe it or not, water isn't just good for the skin on your face and body, but it's also vital to keeping your pout in tip top condition. Want plumper lips? Drink more water!