Dry or chapped lips is something a huge number of people suffer with, during both Winter and Spring as the weather slowly (in Britain’s case, VERY slowly) heats up. Having dry lips can not only feel uncomfortable and potentially painful, but it can also look less than lovely, too.
There are an incredible amount of lip products and solutions on the market but, being a bit of a lip care freak, I soon came to realise that only a small number of them worked for me. Different people have different preferences when it comes to balms, conditioners etc. and therefore it can seem impossible to choose one that feels right for you.
To attempt to relive you of some of this frustration, I’ve put together a top-tip guide along with some of my favourite lip care products. These have greatly helped me to keep my lips feeling hydrated and looking healthy!
Hydration is key
One of the most important self-care tips for your lips (rhyme time!) is to keep them hydrated. Dry lips can be a sign of dehydration, so drinking plenty of water is a great way to avoid your lips becoming chapped. Aim to drink at least 6-8 glasses of water per day! Staying hydrated also flushes toxins out from your skin, so this tip is also ideal if you’re wanting to clear your skin, too.
You can also apply a gentle moisturiser to your lips during your morning and evening skincare routine. Once you’ve cleansed and toned, make sure to spread your facial moisturiser over your mouth as well as your face.
I find that the Clinique moisture surge moisturiser is great for smoothing and hydrating my lips – I always wake up to a healthy-looking smile! You can also find moisturisers on the market that are targeted specifically for lips.
Relieve any irritation
The first thing people typically do when they have irritated, dry lips is to pick at them, whether it be with their hands or teeth. I have to admit to this myself…
By biting or picking at your lips, you’re actually making the irritation worse and you’ll find that once you start, you never stop. Although you may feel some comfort for a few minutes, your mouth will actually feel more dry afterwards.
The best thing to do when you feel an urge to bite at your lips is to apply more lip balm. Think of it as a sign that the product on your lips has run out! Lip balm instantly smooths the skin and creates a relief from the stinging or scratching.
As you may know if you’ve been following my blog for a while, I’m a huge fan of the Kiehl’s butterstick. This lip balm instantly hydrates your lips and actually stays on for much longer than most other products I’ve tried. It travels everywhere with me and I always apply it when I can sense that my lips are becoming irritated or chapped. This balm in particular also contains SPF 20, meaning it protects your lips as well as moisturising them, which is great in the long run! It’s super important to ensure that the products you’re using contain SPF.
Kiehl’s buttersticks also come in a range of colours besides clear (pictured above is the shade ‘naturally nude’) so that, as well as hydrating your lips, you can also add a pop of colour to make it appear as though you’re wearing a pretty lipstick and aren’t secretly crying inside.
Master the exfoliation
You may already know that exfoliating your body helps to remove any dead skin cells and leave your skin feeling super smooth, but did you know that the process works in exactly the same way for your lips?
If you suffer with dry lips, it’s important to exfoliate them in order to remove the dry skin that builds up on them.
The best way to tackle this is to use a lip conditioner that contains tiny little particles. I like the Tropic Skincare lip fudge range because the particles are made of completely natural ingredients and the product acts as a lip balm at the same time. If you don’t have time to use a lip exfoliator during your skincare routine, this product is great for applying over the day as and when needed.
The initial roughness of these conditioners helps to remove flaky, dry skin on your lips in a much less irritating way than you simply pulling the skin off. As the little particles dissolve, the balm helps to smooth and soften your lips. Tropic’s lip fudges also contain healing ingredients (such as mango wax and Vitamin E) to repair and protect your lips which helps to avoid uncomfortable dryness in the future.
If you can’t go a day without wearing a gorgeous lipstick, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. There are a number of lipsticks on the market that contain moisturising and hydrating properties whilst keeping a beautiful colour.
A favourite of mine is the Clinique ‘Pop’ matte lip colour & primer. I’ve been using this for years and it’s a lipstick I can always rely on, even when my lips are feeling chapped.
The product is very creamy, meaning that it doesn’t just apply smoothly, but it also doesn’t dry out your lips. The colour lasts from early morning application all the way until the afternoon and my lips aren’t irritated or affected the entire time.
While lipsticks won’t keep your lips smooth and healthy in the long run, ones like the Clinique ‘Pop’ work well in the short-term if you need a burst of colour that won’t bleed or be affected by the flakiness on your lips.
By following these tips, you’ll quickly find that your lips become less dry and chapped and you can avoid any pain. As I mentioned above, these products may not work perfectly for everyone, but they certainly make a different for me and I’d recommend them all depending on the kind of product you prefer, and your specific needs.
Which lip care products do you like to use when your lips are feeling dry and unhealthy? Comment below!
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