Dry lips are often associated with cold weather, but it can affect you all year round if you don’t take good care of your lips. Follow our 4 quick steps to say goodbye to painful dry lips for good.
Why do you get dry lips?
The skin of your lips is one of the thinnest, most sensitive and exposed parts of your body. That’s why she needs extra care and attention. Scrawny, cracked and dry lips are the result of excessive dryness. This can have various causes, such as cold weather, allergies to makeup, irritation from skin care products, and damage from the sun.
In some cases, you can increase your lips’ moisture content by regularly applying a moisturizing and restorative lip balm, such as Balm for Lips to Kiss by Kenzoki or the lip balm Beurre de Lèvres from Biotherm. But, to ensure that dry lips are truly a thing of the past, follow the 4 steps below.
1. Exfoliation of your lips
If you have dry lips, you often also suffer from scaly skin. That’s not a good look! It can be tempting to pluck or bite your lips if you suffer from this, but that only makes your lips more irritated. Instead, use Estee Lauder’s Smoothing Sugar Scrub or make your own scrub through the combination of coconut oil and sugar. Apply this mixture to your lips with your finger or a soft toothbrush. Gently massage it into the skin of your lips to soak dead cells—the result: softer, healthier-looking lips.
2. Apply lip balm
If you shop for a new lip balm, it’s all about the formula! Look for products with natural, moisturizing ingredients that instantly hydrate your dry lips. Shea butter (or shea butter), for example, which you will find in the Nutri-Filling Lip Balm of Filorga. The cocoa extract that Clarins uses in their Hydra-Essential Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm protects the lips from dehydration. Other important ingredients to look out for are olive oil, beeswax and castor seed oil.
3. Wear moisturizing lipstick and gloss
A balm on your lips feels blissful, but sometimes you need a tan to complete your makeup look. If you like to wear lipstick or gloss every day, supplement your makeup kit with moisturizing formulas that look nice while taking care of your dry lips. Addict Lip Glow from Dior not only accentuates the colour of your lips, but the added SPF makes sure your lips are protected even when you’re outside in the sun. Or choose an all-in-one lip balm that gives your lips colour, hydration and contours, such as Bobbi Brown’s Extra Lip Tint or Lancôme’s L’Absolu Rouge Lip Balm.
4. Use a night treatment
During the day, you are often talking, eating or drinking. So, even if you apply rich lip balm or a moisturizing gloss, your lips may not always have the chance to absorb all the nourishing ingredients. Therefore, in the evening, before bedtime, apply a thicker layer of lip balm or moisturiser. For example, Lip SOS Care by Sisley, packed with nourishing oils, or the luxurious La Mer Lip Balm. This way, your lips enjoy intense hydration and get the chance to recover while you sleep.