How to Be Beautiful: Top 7 Tips for Maintaining Gorgeous Winter Lips
Soft, beautiful lips can be the focal point of your face—but what if they are chapped and dry? Our lips are made up of the softest, most transparent skin on our bodies, so it’s important to treat them well. Avoid unsightly cracked lips in the cold months ahead by following these simple, low cost lip beauty tips, and be kissable this winter ;):
- Don’t lick your lips!
That pretty much says it all—avoid this harmful habit! While it might feel good at that moment in time, it will only lead to dryer lips that are more prone to crack and worsen their appearance. As strong as the urge may be, avoid licking your lips until you are able to get some lip balm.
If your lips are extremely dry and very chapped, not only it will make your lipstick look unattractively cakey, but also it can cause lip infection and bacteria spread. In this case, exfoliation can become your best friend, but only, keep in mind that you need to be extremely gentle with your lips. Run some warm water on a clean washcloth, apply olive oil on top of it and gently (extremely gently) rub your lips with it to make loose skin flake off. Make sure you don’t make your lips bleed, be super gentle! After a couple of minute lip massage, apply some olive oil, Shea butter or coconut oil on your lips and wait for about 20 minutes before applying any makeup.
- Apply a lip balm or a chapstick before your apply your lipstick
When you start doing your makeup, apply a lip balm or a chapstick on your pout first, do it before you do anything else. While you apply all other makeup products, such as foundation, eyebrow gel and mascara, your lip balm will have time to soak into your lips, creating a soft and smooth base for your lipstick to glide on.
- Consistently moisturize.
Having a moisturizing routine for your lips is just as important, as the one you have for your face and the rest of your body. Because the lips can also show age, just as the skin elsewhere (such as your face) does, it’s important to treat them with a moisturizing lip balm on a regular basis, especially, at night, before you go to sleep. Some lip balms and lipsticks have irritant components in their ingredients, so it’s crucial to find a natural, hydrating lip balm that will improve the health and look of your pout. If you don’t have a lip balm or a chapstick at hand, you can moisturize your lips using your usual eye cream, it will do similar job.
- Start from the inside.
Drinking plenty of water helps to moisturize your lips from the inside. As with the rest of your body and skin, keeping your lips hydrated helps maintain your pout healthy and full, as well as less prone to dryness—drinking water should always be the number one beauty tip. Make sure that you are getting plenty of Vitamin B rich foods as well, for this also contributes to lip health. Avoid salty, rough foods (such as chips) that can cause lip abrasions without us even knowing it.
- So what ingredients are important to look for in your lip balm?
Keep an eye out for balms and lipsticks that include Shea butter, jojoba oil, aloe vera, glycerin, beeswax, vitamin E and coconut oil. All these ingredients contain components that nourish and naturally moisturize the lips. The use of beeswax binds moisture to the skin and, generally, represents the absence of other unhealthy substances in the balm. (I like Burt’s Bees lip products, they are very moisturizing and all natural.)
- In need of a quick fix?
The best way to heal lips that have been badly chapped and cracked is to head straight to the source—apply jojoba oil, coconut oil, Shea butter or organic honey directly to your lips, in order to seal up cracks and draw in moisture immediately. Honey is one of nature’s greatest cure-alls, and will not only moisturize your lips, but also immediately start to work on creating a nurturing environment for skin cells to begin regrowth.
While sometimes it’s easy to forget about our lips, by keeping up with a regular moisturizing routine, staying hydrated and watching out for healthy balm and lipstick ingredients, you can achieve the look of beautiful, soft lips all winter long.
I hope you find these lip care beauty tips for kissable lips useful. Feel free to share your own tips and tricks on how to maintain beautiful winter lips in the comment’s section below.