How To Get Rid of Dry, Chapped Lips
Today, the queen of chapped lips (yes, that's me) is sharing some lip care tips with you as the weather gets cooler and cooler. I remember back in college days, when I lived in the United Kingdom, I used to wake up to lips so dry, they would crack and bleed the minute I open my mouth to brush my teeth. That was probably when I started realizing the importance of taking care of my lips.
Below, I'm sharing my lip care routine and some products that I love using.
Exfoliate Your Lips
In order to get smooth lips, you need first get rid of the dead skin on the surface. A lot of people blend sea salt and coconut oil to exfoliate their lips, and I recently came across Chriselle Lim's homemade lip scrub recipe as well. I gave those a try and found them effective, but honestly, a bit of hassle, too. So I tend to still go for ready-made lip exfoliants.
If you've never tried any of them before, I recommend start by checking out the Ginger Sugar Lip Scrub, mainly because it is so affordable! A little 12g jar costs only $5 each and lasts me about 6 weeks (I use it 3 to 4 times a week). I love it also because it has a sweet scent and the sugar beads are not too rough. Plus, it doesn't overdry your lips because it has shea butter in the formula.
While sheet masks are great, they tend to have holes around the eyes an mouth. So in addition to face masks, I also keep a good amount of lip masks with me, too!
Lip masks come in many different forms. The ones I like are either gel-textured and shaped like lips, or in a creamy form that works very much like a lip balm. Some of my favorites include FlashPatch Lip Gels by Patchology and Oil Blossom Lip Mask by PetitFee.
The Oil Blossom Lip Mask is designed for overnight use but the lip gel masks can be used anytime throughout the day.
I sometimes put one on just before I apply lipstick on to go out. It keeps my lips hydrated and helps smoothes out lines. Especially when I want to apply a matte lipstick, the mask prevents my lips from drying. I actually tried using it over my lipstick once, and it worked well, too! I was impressed with the results because it didn't ruin the color!
Just like how you would apply a moisturizer after a sheet mask, you want to moisturize your lips despite having already used lip masks!
Other great lip balms I recommend include Balm Dot Com by Glossier, the Mojito Lip Balm by Malin+Goetz, and Frank Body Lip Balm. I recently came across Christian Dior's Lip Glow Color Awakening Lip Balm and am really loving it as well!
Give this simple 3-step lip routine a try as winter approaches, and let us know what you think! Leave a comment if you have any questions, and we'll try our best to answer them!
Thank you for reading!
P.S. Key To Radiance is a Glossier Rep; Patchology gifted me the lip masks but all opinions are 100% my own.