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5 tips for winter lip care

We are deep into winter now and it’s definitely taking a toll on the lips.

 

 

two pairs of lips

 

 

Whether you have chronic dry, chapped lips or looking for a “next level” lip care routine to combat this brutal winter weather, here are some simple tips for to keep in mind:

1.  Exfoliate

Ever notice how when you apply lip balm to dry, unexfoliated lips, it only seems to get better for a little bit before drying out right away, causing you to have to constantly re-apply? The dry, flaky, dead skin cells on your lips are preventing the lips from absorbing the oil from the lip balm.  Like your skin care routine, exfoliation is an important part of the lip care routine.

 

Exfoliate your lips with a scrub at least two times a week. This adorable Skinfood Avocado Lip Scrub is one of the best lip exfoliator we’ve found.

 

 

 

Lip scrub benefits

The benefits of using a lip scrub are:

(1) remove the dead skin cells (which primes the lips to absorb the oil from the other lip care products)

(2) stimulate blood flow, bringing a natural pink to your lips.

If you want to go the DIY route and make your own lip scrub, it is quite easy. Get some brown sugar from the kitchen, mix with a bit of extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and gently scrub away for amazingly soft lips.

 

2. A lip essence is essential 😉

Yup, essences actually work on lips too! You can use a specific lip essence like the Mizon Collagenic Aqua Volume Lip Essence SPF 10. This lip essence has collagen added to make your lips appear plumper and the SPF helps protect them from sun damage. Or, you can just use a facial essence you already have. Essences add extra hydration to your skin and can be applied after exfoliation, before using an occlusive product (like a lip mask or lip balm) to lock in the moisture.

 

3. Put a mask on it

The Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (Berry) is the best lip mask for the quality and price point. One jar will last you the whole year and some. Just put it on before going to bed and wake up with smoother, supple, hydrated lips. It’s formulated with hyaluronic acid and mineral water combined with a time-release technology to continuously form a protective barrier over your lips through the night. The berry version gives you the benefit of Vitamin C and antioxidants from the raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, and blueberry extracts. And of course, no parabens.

There is also a vanilla version available that smells equally yummy.

 

 

 

4. Don’t forget the lip balms

Like umbrellas, lip balms seem to have a knack for disappearing, so you might as well get several just in case. Below are the best lip balms formulated for long lasting moisture that we’ve found. They are good to use year round.

 

 

Tony Moly Honey Moisture Lip Care Stick (also available in Rose and Mint). It’s a no-frills, simple lip balm formulated with Manuka honey. Get one for yourself, one for the boyfriend. Lip care for men is fundamentally no different from women, honestly.

 

 

 

Oh K! Korean Cat and Bear Lip Balms in White Peach/Cotton Candy. Ok, we just had to include these because they’re so darn cute. Keep these guys on your desk at work; they’ll keep you comforted when the boss is giving you a hard time.

 

It’s hard to wear lipstick when your lips are chapped and flaky. This Laneige Water Drop Tinted Lip balm is a great alternative for adding a color to your lips while moisturizing them at the same time.

 

 

 

This Skinfood Honey Pot Lip Balm comes with a little wooden spoon for hygienic application. It’s one of the cutest lip balms we’ve seen. The gel balm is glossy, moisturizing, and gives your lips a subtle red tint. The texture is a little sticky, so you may want to use this at night before sleep.

 

5. Stop licking your lips

Seriously. When you lick your lips, moisture from your saliva that’s on your lips evaporate into the air (which is dry in the winter). This cause your lips to dry out even more. Keep a lip balm handy in your pocket and use it diligently. It will make a huge difference, trust us.