One of the most important parts of my daily routine is lip care. I must slather lip balm on my lips at least a dozen times a day. The skin on your lips is some of the most sensitive on your body, so it needs a little extra TLC! Plus, let’s face it. Dry, chapped lips aren’t all that attractive & when you put lipstick on chapped lips it looks like it’s flaking off. I don’t know anyone who can pull that look off.
So, all that said, I have a few simple tips on keeping your lips looking & feeling their most supple.
My First Tip is: Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips!
This balm is made out of 100% ultra pure medical grade lanolin. Lanolin is harvested from sheep’s wool & is the closest thing to your skin’s natural oils. I apply a little of this before bed, about once a week (or whenever I notice my lips are dry & my other balms just can’t quench their thirst). By morning, the dryness is gone, & with regular application of a daily lip balm, stays gone for a while!
This has a thick consistency, so just a little bit will do wonders. It doesn’t have an applicator so I apply with my finger & rub any excess on my cuticles (healthy cuticles, healthy manicure!).
Side Note: Not only is Dr. Lipp’s Original Nipple Balm great for chapped lips, it also helps with a multitude of other issues. It was originally created as a nipple balm for breast feeding mothers, but also helps heal burns, scratches & scrapes, cuticles, eczema & dry skin anywhere. Just to name a few. There’s not much this balm can’t do!
Second Tip: Apply your favorite lip balm morning & night (& in between!)
This might seem like a duh tip, but not everyone religiously applies lip balm. It’s one of the first things I do. If you moisturize your face in the morning, why not your lips? If you shower with a moisturizing body wash & condition your hair, why not your lips? Before bed, apply more. A lot of moisture is lost while we sleep & applying lip balm before bed helps to retain some of that moisture.
& throughout the day, don’t wait until you feel your lips get dry! You’ve probably heard that when your brain tells you you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated; the same goes for your skin! Try to apply your lip balm 4-6 times per day, at least, regardless of the season.
Third Tip: Know Your Ingredients!
There are probably thousands of lip balms out there that claim to do miracles, but how do you know which ones really do? Look at the ingredients!
AVOID THESE: Camphor, phenol, menthol, OL (which indicates alcohol is present) & fragrance
All of the above ingredients might help – at first – but dry your lips quicker & tend to irritate sensitive skin more easily. If you get cold sores, those ingredients may also contribute to a break out.
GET THESE: Cocoa butter, Shea butter, lanolin, & beeswax
All of those ingredients are highly moisturizing & safe for sensitive skin. Of course, if you’re allergic to one of those ingredients, avoid it. 😉
Those are my 3 tips to healthy, sexy lips. I hope that even if you knew some of what my post covered, you were able to take something new out of it. Now, go put some more lip balm on!