Let’s be honest, the cold winds and icy temperatures of winter weather are less than kind to our skin and sometimes we get caught up in keeping our bodies warm and forget to protect our face leaving us with red cheeks and chapped lips. This particular winter has really taken a toll on my lips so I did a little bit of research and started a lip care routine, after following it for a month I have seen such a big difference that I had to share it.
What you need
– a sugar scrub
– an intense nighttime balm
– a daily balm
– an oil or lip serum
– a toothbrush
– a muslin cloth
Step 1 – Exfoliation
The skin on your lips is incredibly thin and sensitive but it is also very tough. The top layer becomes so hard and chapped that a lip balm cannot penetrate through it so you need to buff away all of that hard, dead skin to make way for new healthy lips to shine. Once a week, use a sugar scrub – I love this one from Perk Naturals – apply the sugar to closed lips with your head tilted back and use a muslin cloth to scrub in circular motions. This will help to get deep down past that top layer. If your lips are really bad do this for a couple nights in a row to start fresh. The key is to maintain that fresh skin, so every evening when you brush your teeth take a second to scrub your lips with your toothbrush!
Step 2 – Deep Hydration
Lip balms are amazing little things that are a necessity in keeping those lips moisturized but have you ever noticed that the moisture doesn’t seem to last for long? That is because lip balms are designed to protect your lips from becoming chapped but if they are already chapped there isn’t much they can do. That is where an oil comes into play! Whereas balms sit on top of the skin, oils sink in and get deep down to deliver ultimate hydration. Lip oils are relatively new to the market and can be quite expensive so keep it simple and use a face oil – this is my favourite – or even coconut oil. Apply the oil after your weekly scrub and twice more throughout the week and your lips will soon be like new!
Step 3 – Maintenance
You can scrub your lips and apply oils all you want but if you don’t keep it up your lips will snap right back to being chapped. On the nights that you don’t use an oil, apply a thick layer of a heavy duty balm – like this one – and let it absorb over night. During the day keep a simple soothing balm – my favourite – on hand to apply when needed but do not over apply because too much lip balm will actually make your lips become drier.
My routine may seem like a lot of work but it only takes a few seconds and it really makes a huge difference. Let me know how you take care of your chapped lips!