BANISH DRY LIPS
Dry lips can be extremely frustrating and hard to get rid of. It can be so confusing just aimlessly waltzing through the chemist, searching through the sea of chapsticks available. Some people get dry lips chronically, and that can be for a many number of reasons including internal issues such as dehydration, vitamin deficiancies, medications and even from licking your lips too much? Weird huh?
I naturally get very dry lips myself. So I wanted to share with you how I stay on top of it. (I think I fall under the category of weirdos that lick their lips too often haha?)
WHAT TO AVOID
- Stay away from ultra matte lipsticks, liquid lipsticks, drying lipsticks for daily wear. Opt for more creamy formulations or a lip liner and gloss alternative. If the product is poorly formulated containing irritants and drying ingredients it will make the issue worse.
- Avoid cheap and nasty chapsticks/lip balms that contain irritating ingredients or are just putting an occlusive barrier over the surface.
- Occlusive lip balms are great for preventing dry lips when you are subject to extreme weather conditions. They act as a barrier, which protects your lips from drying out. BUT they do not treat or add hydration to the area. Vaseline or pawpaw ointments are not the devil, but you do not fix the problem by using it.
WHAT TO DO
Exfoliating daily really helps to stop further build up and keep your lips looking fresh throughout the day. When I wake up I will always exfoliate my lips after breakfast and before I apply makeup. If you wear lipstick all day, exfoliate them again lightly before bed.
There are two techniques I find work really well. It is really just a personal preference which one you want to do. You will notice the stimulation of exfoliating will also increase your lip size for a few hours.
- Lip scrub
An exfoliating lip scrub is one of the best ways to remove dead skin. You can even make your own at home. See my Marshmallow lip scrub recipe here.
Purchase a cheap toothbrush from the local supermarket and use it exclusively for your lips. Wet the toothbrush with water, pucker your lips and gently exfoliate the area. This is currently my favourite technique because I find the scrub can get a little messy.
Keeping your lips hydrated throughout the day, before bed and really anytime you feel they need it will be a crucial step in keeping dryness at bay. Look for lip hydrators that contain either hyluronic acid or nourishing oils. My absolute favourite is the Dior Lip maximiser. Which is extremely hydrating!
But just incase here is a list of other alternatives
Sisley – Nutritive Lip Balm
La Roche-Posay – Cicaplast Levres Barrier Repairing Balm
Laneige – Moisture Lip Balm
Orlane Magnificent Lip Balm
I hope this helps!! Lots of love… Celia xo