Made up of some of the thinnest skin on your body, your lips can take a hit when the weather changes. Whether it’s getting wind burned from a storm or feeling dry and tight because of the cold, the winter can make your lips look parched and flaky. Hey, you take care of the rest of your skin, why not give your kisser some TLC for healthy lips no matter what the weather? By including your mouth in your skin care routine, you’ll score soft lips that hold product better.
Just like the skin on your face, you can banish flakes and speed healthy cell turnover by exfoliating your lips. Of course, you’ll need to take care and exfoliate gently, or you could risk tearing or cracking the skin. The best way to get healthy lips? Grab a soft-bristled toothbrush and get it wet. Brush your lips in a circular motion and rinse with cool water for an immediate difference in the way your lips look and feel.
Moisturize and Protect
While you probably (or should) wear a daily facial sunscreen, your lips can sometimes get the kiss-off if you forget to protect them. Invest in a good-quality lip balm that uses natural ingredients, such as beeswax, to moisturize and protect your lips from the sun, wind and cold during the winter. If you’re into color, a tinted formula works well – just make sure to read the ingredients and avoid balm that contains super-drying alcohol.
If you’re a total lipstick addict, you may want to rethink the products you use during the winter. While lipstick won’t hinder healthy lips, it can sometimes highlight some of the major problems with winter lips by seeping into cracks and wearing off quickly. By swapping your lipstick out for a gloss or tinted balm, you can get the color you love without the pitfalls of dried-out lips. Just steer clear of stains, which can sometimes exacerbate dryness. Now, bring on the summer!