I thought I'd make the most of the lovey-dovey season to bring you a few tips on lip care, which is especially paramount in the colder months, as the cold wind outdoors and the central heating indoors is in constant battle with our body parts.
Here are 7 top tips to get your smackers looking kissable in time for Valentine's!
1. Scrub Away your Sorrows:
Lips have the annoying tendency to dry up, creating a sandy texture that not only causes discomfort, it also looks horrid.
Regular scrubs will help you get rid of dead skin and achieve a smooth pout.
Contrary to popular believe, you don't have to spend a single penny on shop-bought scrubs. It's super easy to make your own at home. Here are 3 ideas:
1. Sugar & Coconut Oil Scrub -
Mix half a spoon of sugar (brown, preferably) with a 10p size of coconut oil to create a paste. This duo will scrub and moisturise at the same time. It also tastes pretty nice, too.
You can use other alternatives like salt or coffee grounds, mixed with hydrating kitchen goods like olive oil or honey.
2. Toothbrush - Use a soft (and clean!) toothbrush to sweep away dead skin. For extra TLC, add a tiny bit of vaseline to the toothbrush. Personally, I'm not a fan of petroleum jelly so I'd recommend using coconut oil instead.
3. Flannel - If you stumbled across last month's blog post on healthy skin habits, you may have noted my new obsession for flannels. Make sure your lips are part of your skin cleansing routine and every night, gently scrub your lips with the flannel, taking away the day's leftovers.
2. Keep Balm Always on Hand:
Here's my favourite best practice when it comes to lip care. Never find yourself far from a hydrating formula you can lather on.
As you'll be applying it a few times a day, make sure you opt for natural ingredients like beeswax, shea butter, almond, jojoba or coconut oils. Bonus points for any formula with added Vitamin E.
I'm a big fan of Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate oil
To make sure I'm never left high and dry (...?) I keep a lip balm in my purse, one in my make-up bag, another in the living room and one by my bed. What? It's good to be prepared!
3. Choose your Lip Mate Wisely:
Matte lipstick is all the craze this year. Unfortunately, the formula that keeps them stay put for so long also makes them extremely drying.
To make sure I'm not sentencing myself to a dry lip hangover, I only use matte lipstick sparingly, alternating it with more hydrating lipsticks and glosses. If I do opt for matte, I always apply lip balm under it, just as a good precaution.
4. (DON'T) Lick Your Lips:
Here's a disgusting bodily function. Saliva contains digestive enzymes that are very good at damaging your lip's protective barrier. No matter how tempting, try to beat the habit and any time you feel the urge, reach for your balm.
5. Protect The Goods:
Lips are susceptible to sunburn as they lack melanin. It is therefore essential to protect this delicate area from environmental damage. Look out for SPF on your next hunt for a lip product.
On extra cold days, place a scarf over your lips to protect them from the cold air.
For a nourished and good-looking outside, make sure you're keeping your insides hydrated. Keep tally of how much water you're drinking and if you feel your lips are tight and painful, reach out for the bottle.
7. Night Manager:
I've not tried this yet but I heard RachhLoves rave about this one and it made me instantly jealous. Apparently, Laneige Lip Sleeping Maskworks absolute wonders on chapped lips. It's a night mask that gets to work whilst you snooze, dramatically hydrating and smoothing out your pout so you wake up to soft, kissable lips. It sounds like the stuff of dreams, really.
And there you have it, 7 simple tricks to get your kissers smiling. Pucker up gals and guys!
More than ever, mucho love!