With colder weather setting in around here, I’m reminded that I need to be armed with my best defences against chapped lips at all times. Unluckily, this is a battle I’m all too familiar with. As a child, I remember getting ready for school, bundling up into my snowsuit, boots, mittens (with the string linking them between my sleeves, natch) and the last step before leaving the house was a huge swipe of Blistex from my mom. I still remember that smell, and my mom still uses it today. Chapped lips is a curse I’m all too familiar with. Plus, it really impacts my ability to rock the plum, burgundy, and cinnamon hues that I love this time of year. Luckily, I have several go-to’s that I keep around the house, at the office, in my purse and at my makeup vanity.
Start with a good lip scrub. I love these two by Sara Happ and Lush. Sara Happ’s Lemonade Scrub is very moisturizing using jojoba and grape seed oils with the sugary exfoliant for a rich, nourishing scrub. Lush’s Bubblegum Scrub is dry, sugary and delicious (really! It’s edible). Also, there are loads of DIY lip scrubs on pinterest to try. Even using your toothbrush or a damp face cloth will assist in removing those unwanted flakes.
A favourite balm of mine is this one from Fresh. Actually, all the Fresh treatments are delightful but this one is non-tinted and I love to apply it before my lipstick/gloss for a layer of protection and moisturization.
This Dior Lip Glow is an oldie but a goodie. It feels like velvet on, it’s non-greasy, and it tints very subtly with your natural body chemistry. Really! It goes pink on me and bright red on a friend of mine. I like this one to touch up throughout the day when I’m at work or on the go.
Another oldie, but with new packaging. When I say oldie…this Rosebud Salve has been around since 1895. I love the new tube packaging since I’m not a fan of sticking my fingers into balms and since I keep this in my purse, I don’t always have a tissue handy for clean up. It’s slippery, comforting, and lasts a long time. Plus it smells like roses (duh)!
Lovely Lip Tips:
-It’s better to be proactive than reactive. Don’t give your pretty pucker a chance to dry out and become an issue. Be regular with application and DON’T get into a lip licking habit.
-If you are a licker, reapply your balm whenever you get the urge to lick, which makes matters worse.
-Before hopping into the shower, give your dry lips a good scrub with a gritty lip scrub.
-Give your bouche a quick swipe of balm before applying lipstick (or gloss) since most of them are quite drying, especially my treasured matte liquid lipsticks.
-If you’re battling dryness, skip matte shades in favour of more moisturizing hues and glosses.
-Drinking more water can help hydrate from the inside out.
-Staying away excessively salty, or spicy food can help prevent or improve dryness.