Most of us spend a lot buying skincare products and cosmetics, but how many of us actually spare a thought for our lips, apart from slathering on lip balm occasionally and applying lipstick on a daily basis?
Your lips put up with a lot of abuse – how many of you chew on your lip while thinking, or roughly wipe off your lipstick at the end of the day? And don’t forget the irritants that the lips are exposed to every day such as the weather, food and drinks, and so on. Your lips require care too so make it a point to include your lips in your skincare regimen.
Lips don’t have their own oil glands so it relies on you to keep it moisturised. Drink lots of water; this is not only good for your lips but your overall health too! Hydration will keep your lips looking plump and healthy.
Skin sheds and this applies to your lips as well. And just as we exfoliate the skin on our body, the lips could use a helping hand too. Using an old toothbrush to gently brush and get rid of the dead skin cells will prevent the flaky appearance that sometimes occurs. Apply some lip balm or moisturising oil before you go to bed (I like using coconut oil) and brush your lips in the morning. It’s an easy routine that won’t take up much of your time and your lips will thank you for it. You can also make your own scrub by combining granulated sugar with a lip balm or oil and gently scrub your lips with it. Wipe it off when you’re done and you’ll have gorgeous kissable lips.
Just like the skin elsewhere on your body, your lips need to be moisturised to keep it in tip-top condition. Apply lip balm (as mentioned, I use coconut oil but feel free to use a moisturising natural oil of your choice) every night before you go to bed and you’ll wake up with beautifully moisturised kissers. You should also prime your lips with some lip balm before you apply lipstick as they can be drying. And if your lips are feeling dry, resist the urge to lick them as this just provides temporary relief and will have your lips feeling even worse when the saliva dries up and evaporates.
Lipstick can be extremely drying especially if you use matte lipsticks. Opt for the creamy ones as these are kinder on your lips. Also look out for those that contain less chemicals and more natural ingredients – these are the ones you should be buying. And be gentle when you remove your lipstick, use a moisturiser or oil to get the colour off without having to do much rubbing and irritating the lips.
Don’t forget that your lips need protection from the sun too! Look for lip balms and lipsticks that offer SPF15 or more to protect the delicate skin of the lips.