Updated: May 9
Through winter, summer days at the beach, our lips have been through it all. The lips are thinner than the rest of our skin, and more sensitive. They need gentle care, different from the rest of our body. Lip become dry frequently because of the saliva touching the skin, and as saliva has dissolving agents, its powerful just enough to make our lips dry. With this in mind, its important to have a lip care routine for our lips.
Lets start the scenario after a night out wearing lipstick. We want to remove our make up using a gentle cleanser and rub the lips softly. You don’t want any residue left overnight but you also don’t want to damage the sensitive skin on your lips or you might wake up in the morning with dry, chapped lips.
Use a gentle lip scrub to exfoliate the lips. This will help get rid of any dead skin you might have on your lips. Though I would recommend only doing this three times a week or less, depending on the sensitivity of your lips as well as how frequently they get chapped.
Use a lip mask
Lip masks seem like a new thing but really they have been around for a long time. As we have face masks, it is very good to coat your lips with a mask more tailored to sensitive, and dry skin. Lip masks should be very moisturizing as well as have ingredients that help expand the lifeline of beautiful, plump lips. This includes anti-aging ingredients, collagen, vitamins a c and e. Not all lip masks are kept on overnight but some products are meant to be overnight.
Use a lip treatment overnight
After using a lip mask apply a balm that is specifically for overnight use, or a thicker formula balm that you would not normally wear throughout the day. A lip treatment is typically thicker or a lotion texture. Treatments are higher in vitamins, oils and butters. Treatments can sometimes be a little more pricey but if you are dealing with dry lips or pick out your dry lips then this is a good product to use.
Lip balms should be used daily. Especially If you have an out doors job, or wear lipstick at work daily for hours. There are nutritious lip oils and lip glosses you can wear over lipstick if you're uncomfortable applying lip balm over lipstick or reapplying lip balm and lip stick at work every few hours. The best lip balms have vitamin E, either Jojoba oil or coconut oil or both. They also have Shea butter, Kokum butter, sometimes both, and a good wax. Beeswax is the most traditional wax for lip balms though some companies are switching to a vegan wax called Candelilla wax.
With proper lip care it will be easier to avoid chapped, dry, flaking and bleeding lips. If a lip care routine sounds too time consuming for you or you're just not interested in all these steps then I would suggest at least using a lip balm daily. If you aren't prone to dry lips then sticking to a routine just once a week for preventative purposes is a good idea. Of course, increase the routine with preference and/or need.