The cold winter weather can play havoc with your lips. The skin here is thinner than the skin on the rest of your body, and they have no sweat glands or hair follicles so they don’t get as much protection as the rest of us. Keep ‘em kissable with these easy tips.
- Protect. Try to keep your lips out of the elements. Try wrapping a scarf around your mouth and use a lip balm with SPF15 when you are outside. The best lip balms have a good oil base with natural ingredients such as beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter or jojoba oil. Avoid ones with yummy flavours that you’re likely to lick off – the enzymes in your saliva will kick off a digestive process that you really don’t want going to work on your lips!
- Drink. Sadly not white wine (although feel free to give it a try). Drink lots of water to keep your lips hydrated from within. You could also consider a humidifier for indoors to keep moisture levels up.
- Eat. Again, sadly not chocolate 🙁 but healthy stuff like leafy green veg that contains B vitamins (especially B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin) and B12) which help your skin retain moisture.
- Exfoliate. This removes dead skin, to make lips look fuller, and help lip moisturisers work better. You can do this quite easily with a wet toothbrush with nothing on it. Just gently rub it back and forth across your lips once a day.
- Moisturise. Make sure your moisturiser contains natural ingredients and no mineral oils in it (avoid ingredients with names that include “petro” (as in “petroleum”) or “paraffin”). Try Dermalogica’s Renewal Lip Complex to infuse lips with a smoothing, moisturising blend of Avocado Oil and Shea and Cocoa Seed butters, with patented polypeptides to restore delicate tissue, minimize contour lines and help prevent the signs of aging. Or Dermalogica’s Climate Control Lip Treatment which is a therapeutic balm formulated with exclusive Anti-Ozonate Complex to help damaged skin recover from environmental assaults while providing a barrier against future climatic assaults.
- Chapping. If your lips chap, try to avoid licking them and don’t apply products with mineral oils like petroleum jelly. Instead apply a couple of drops of olive oil or flaxseed oil which contain plenty of omega 3 fatty acids to naturally soften the lips. If your chapping is really bad, try gently rubbing the dry skin off with a warm damp facecloth before applying olive or flaxseed oil every couple of hours.