Having perfectly smooth lips isn’t just a dream. It’s a possibility.
Your lips have the thinnest surface layer of skin and thus, it is more prone to drying out than any other part of your body. In fact, it can lose up to x10 as much moisture! With that being said, here are my DO’s when it comes to getting that pretty pout:
- It’s extremely important that you drink a lot of water in order to keep your lips hydrated. Remember, the majority of your body consists of water so you need to always maintain a balance. If you drink an inadequate amount of water, your lips would tend to dry out even faster.
- Exfoliate your lips every night before you go to bed. Why? When you put on lipstick and all the other products on your lips, makeup remover doesn’t always get rid of the remnants- especially if your lipstick is the type that can last forever. Also, your skin cells are always being rejuvenated so just like we bath and take care of our face and skin, we need to slough off those dead skin cells on our lips. Exfoliating your lips removes all of the dead and peeling skin that can make your lips looked chapped and cracked- definitely not attractive!
- Again, just like the rest of your body, after you exfoliate, you must moisturize! It’s important because after scrubbing your lips, of course they are going to be dried- and if you don’t moisturize and rehydrate your lips, then it would most likely crack all over again.
- Try to use a lip balm with an SPF during the day. I love using the Lemon Drop EOS Lip Balm which as an SPF of 15.
My major DON’Ts are:
- Stay away from chapsticks. Why? Chapsticks may make your lips feel glossier and moist, but they are actually just sealing the moisture in your lips and by so doing, prevents water from entering your lips. Confused? Think of a car. When you wax a car, sure, it looks shiny and glossy- but when rain falls, what happens? The water slides right off the car. It’s the same principle as chapstick. Thus, I recommend you use a lip balm which contains Vitamin E or shea butter which would serve to reintroduce moisture into your lips.
- Do not lick your lips– as instinctive as this may be. Why? Licking your lips actually causes your lips to become further dehydrated. Also, your saliva contains acids/enzymes that are meant for digestion. Getting the picture now? Those acids/enzymes may damage your lips by wearing out the thin layer of skin which protects it.
- Do not bite, peel or pick at your lips. Why? Doing these thing will irritate your lips, making it much worse and much harder to heal.
- My personal rule of thumb is never to let your lips go nude– and I don’t mean lipstick! Always make sure you have a balm on your lips if you don’t have on any lipstick or any other lip product. This would protect your lips and prevent it from drying out at nights or during the day, throughout different weather conditions.
My Pretty Pout Routine:
Every night before I go to bed, I exfoliate my lips using my Bubblegum lip scrub from Lush.
In the night, I follow up by using the Sweet Mint EOS lip balm which soothes my lips and gives be a spa feeling that I love.
In the morning, after I shower, I put on Lemon Drop and then I do my makeup and my hair and everything else. My lipstick is the last thing that I put on and by the time I’m ready for that, my lips are moisturized, rehydrated and happy, making it very co-operative for putting on lipstick.
Now, if you don’t have a lip scrub like mine, don’t worry, we can make a really simple one by using products that can be found right in your kitchen…and if not, they are super inexpensive!
If you don’t have a lip balm, then you can just use plain old vaseline. Adding a touch to your lips at nights can work wonders!
Let’s make our home made lip scrub now shall we?
Mix 1 tsp of brown sugar with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. If you want the scrub to be more abrasive, you can add more sugar than olive oil. Then, cut your Vitamin E capsule (which you can get from any pharmacy) and add the oil to your lip scrub. Mix all the ingredients and voilà! you have your own lip scrub!
Here’s the video giving you a run down of this blog post as well as in the kitchen making this scrub- and then trying it on! Don’t forget to thumbs up and subscribe!
XO, The Classy It Girl!