Valentine’s Day is less than a month away! Meaning it’s almost time to pucker up for your special someone. The Winters are brutal here in New York and my lips are always asking for a little TLC. After a bad cold, my lips were left completely chapped, I took to the internet and hit up every beauty blogger I know for the best tips and tricks. I mentioned a few of these lip products in my last post but here are my top recommendations for treating chapped lips.
Exfoliate! This step is widely debated in the skincare community, however, in my opinion, this works almost instantaneously to renew your lips. Some people believe that the outer layer of skin on your lips protects the other layers and should not be removed. After some research, I can say that there’s truth to this, however, once your lips are chapped it’s time to start new. I’ll use a scrub when I notice my lips are pale in color, rough in texture, or showing signs or red cracks on the outer edges. I scrub them maybe once a month but never more. My favorite product for exfoliation is the Fresh, sugar lip polish exfoliator, which I mentioned in My 7 Holy Grail Beauty Products that will Up Your Skincare Game article. It’s a little pricey but it’s lasted me years since I only use a little! Apply a small “rice-grain” sized amount onto lips and massage on with a washcloth. After you’ve rubbed the product in, rinse and immediately apply lip balm. If you’re on a budget you can use brown/turbinado sugar and coconut oil in lieu of the Fresh product.
Apply Lip Balm! A good lip balm is key. If you’re a friend of mine you know that I am a ride or die for the Burt’s Bees Pomegranate Lip Balm. It’s all natural, leaves a little bit of color, and is extra moisturizing. I could honestly, write a full essay on how this chapstick has changed my life but just open any bag I’ve ever owned and you’ll see why! Plus, I’m a long time fan of Burt and his passion for all natural products.
Moisturize while you sleep! In recent years, I’ve found that by applying certain products before bed my skin has changed drastically for the better. Those extra 8 hours dedicated to hydration are key for softer skin. Naturally, your lips are no exception. The Laneige lip sleeping mask is everything you could ever ask for in a moisturizing lip mask. It’s ultra thick and has a light tint yet doesn’t leave a mess while you sleep.
If you follow all three steps, your lips will be ready to take on even the harshest of winters. After these three steps, I noticed an immediate change after just two days! Have you used any of these products before? Any other tips? Let me know in the comments below.