February 2, 2015

Top Lip Care Products & Tips


Our lips are susceptible to damage brought on by harsh environmental conditions. They can be left dry, chapped, and looking rather dull. Thankfully, there are many effective products and tips to help us hydrate and protect our lips. Below are my top recommendations for keeping your pout in check!



PRODUCTS



This is my go-to “standard” lip balm. It’s packaged in a convenient, easy-to-travel-with tube. It wears well under other lip products as it doesn’t have much slip. It conditions fairly well and leaves lips feeling and looking smooth and healthy. It contains peppermint oil, which may cause a slight tingle upon application; however, I have not experienced that with this particular lip balm.

This balm is 100% natural. Its ingredients include coconut oil, sunflower oil, and rosemary extract. It retails for around $3.00.



This lip balm also does not have much slip and wears well under other lip products. While it’s not an overly moisturizing formula, it does condition the lips, leaving them smoother and softer. And while it’s not packaged in a convenient tube, its unique packaging is small enough for most handbags. If you like the formula, but wish it was a bit more compact, EOS also offers Smooth Stick Lip Balm.

I prefer this balm in Sweet Mint and Vanilla Mint. However, EOS has a variety of options. This balm is 95% organic and 100% natural. It’s free of gluten and parabens and contains vitamin E and shea butter. The Smooth Sphere Lip Balm retails for around $3.00 and is good for “everyday” wear.



Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine offers a little of everything. It’s a buttery lip balm that conditions, moisturizes, and softens the lips. Its formula is hydrating and soothing and provides a glossy, natural tint. It contains natural oils and extracts and is free of parabens, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances. It’s effective with every use and a must-have for me when I travel. Korres Lip Butter retails for $12.00 at Sephora.



If your lips are in need of some serious help, Vaseline Lip Therapy is great for relieving dry, chapped lips (I recommend the Cocoa Butter formula). It locks in moisture and promotes healing. Your lips will instantly look and feel more hydrated. It works well when worn on its own during the day and overnight. It retails for around $2.00.

TIPS

- Break the habit of licking your lips. It can irritate sensitive skin and will extract moisture from the lips, aggravating the problem further.

- Exfoliate your lips only if necessary. With only a thin top layer of skin cells, lips are sensitive and naturally smooth. Focus more on keeping them hydrated. As they lose moisture, they can quickly become dry, chapped, and less supple. If you do exfoliate your lips, using a soft toothbrush will do the trick (avoid using anything that may be too harsh).

- If you’re not allergic to sunscreen, use a lip product with broad-spectrum sun protection when outdoors. Daily UV exposure can contribute to premature aging of the lips.

- Using a humidifier at night will help keep your lips (and skin) hydrated when the air is dry by restoring the moisture that’s been drawn out of them. You’ll be waking up to great lips in no time!


Happy Lip Loving!


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