Let’s face it, winter is not as glamorous as it is in the media. Sure it’s nice to see snow but that frigid weather takes a toll on our skin, especially our lips. Our lips have virtually no defense against harsh weather. They don’t produce moisture, so when dry weather hits, lips turn chapped and peel. Since dry, chapped, peeling lips are never in, here is a survival guide on how to keep your pout perfect this winter.
1. Don’t Forget To Exfoliate
Smooth lips start with exfoliating. It gets rid of the dry skin and leaves you with a fresh kissable pout. There are many lip exfoliation scrubs available for sale. But, if you’re looking to cut costs, I recommend using a toothbrush to lightly scrub your top and bottom lips or mix honey and granulated sugar for a DIY scrub.
2. Regularly Apply Lip Balm
Exfoliated lips are sensitive lips. So, it’s very important to remember to apply lip balm immediately after exfoliating. Also, get into the habit of applying lip balm throughout the day.
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3. Avoid Licking Your Lips
Licking your lips may provide immediate relief but as the saliva evaporates, it takes even more moisture from your lips, leaving them drier than before. Instead, take it as a sign that your body is telling you it’s dehydrated and grab a bottle of water and some lip balm, or better yet, a lip plumper. In winter, lips become pale and can look thin and dull, and most often, lipstick just won’t cut it. Lip plumpers like our personal favorite, Lipsation, not only moisturize and add shine, but instantly make your lips fuller and more prominent. Apply generously and show off that healthy pout!
4. SPF Makes A Difference
Our lips don’t produce melanin meaning they can’t tan like our skin does. In fact, when exposed to the sun they dry out, become chapped, and peal. To protect them from the sun, it’s important to use a chapstick that has SPF in it.
5. Avoid Mineral Oil In Lip Balms
Mineral oil is a sneaky ingredient added into many skin and lip care products. It’s petroleum based so it’s similar to oil. For an example, if you imagine an oil spill in the ocean, you can picture the petroleum sitting at the top of the water not doing much but polluting. Now picture it on your lips. It appears as if it’s moisturizing but all it does is sit of the top of your lips and creates a drying effect.
6. Drink More Water
Don’t make the mistake of thinking since it’s winter that you don’t have to drink as much water as in the summer.
Water and lip balm go together like a keyboard and a computer.
One without the other would be a little pointless. Water allows us to hydrate our lips from the inside out. Drink up!
7. Apply Lip Balm Before Going To Bed Each Night
Similar to applying a moisturizer before bed, you should always apply your lip balm before bed. This gives your lips time to restore the moisture lost throughout the chilly day.