If there’s one thing I can’t stand, its dry lips.
I mean, I obsess over this kind of thing. You can ask my friend Sarah, she’ll tell you that if my lips are dry, everyone will hear about it. As a matter of fact, a few months ago I had some sort of something happen where it felt like I was wearing slivers and shards of glass as lipstick.
Everyone around me heard about it. Sorry about that.
Needless to say, it made me think of the things that I do to keep my lips from resembling the Sahara Desert.
Tip #1 – Exfoliate
I wasn’t entirely sure where to start for the first tip because it’s kind of like trying to figure out what came first, the chicken or the egg. Regardless, this is where I’m starting, with a lip exfoliator.
I will usually apply a lip scrub (I love this one by E.L.F) and leave it on my lips while I get ready in the morning. I leave it on for around 15 minutes, pressing my lips together periodically. I don’t actually time this step, but my lips are quite willing to tell me when they’ve had enough. Maybe they feel suffocated after a while? I don’t know, but when that feeling happens, I scrub them lightly with my finger and wipe the excess of with a tissue.
Tip #2 – Lip Gloss
I only first learned about matte lipstick late in the game, but when I found out about it, I loved it with everything in me. Except…it was literally at the end of the craze. I always seem to jump on the trend wagon as it’s ending. I’m a hard sell.
Needless to say, glossy lips are in and that is the best news for soft lips. When you apply lip gloss (my current favourite is Tarte H20 in Zipline) it locks in whatever moisture you have and keeps your lips soft and plump.
Now I just have to figure out how to wear lip gloss and drive my Jeep without my long hair trying to steal the show from my lips. Comment below if you have some tips for me!
Tip #3 – Ditch the wipes
I’ve tried a lot of different types of wipes – baby wipes, feminine wipes, flushable wipes, moisturizing wipes, makeup wipes, sensitive skin wipes – but every time I use any kind of wipe, my lips are crying over drying the next day.
If I’m switching lip colours or if I’m taking off my makeup for the day (if my lipstick hasn’t already worn off) I will usually put on a lip balm or some coconut oil and let it sit in for a moment before using a tissue to gently wipe it away.
Tip #4 – Lip Mask
One day I walked into Sephora and I was offered a sample of a lip mask. I said sure, but when I saw her squeeze it out of the tube into a sample container, I cringed. I thought, ‘there’s no way I’m going to use that. For sure my lips will suffocate.’ I set it aside at home and left it for a few months. Then one day I couldn’t find my lip balm and I remembered about this. I put a dab on (a little goes a long way) and went to sleep. In the morning, my lips were so soft and plump and applying my lipstick was a breeze.
I find this works best when used overnight. The results are fabulous. The other time I will use it is if my lips have had a rough go with things, I will use it between the lip scrub and applying my lipstick in the morning.
Tip #5 – Drink Water
Yes, I had to put this in there because if your body is dehydrated, you will have a hard time keeping your lips hydrated. Our bodies respond to what we put in. Garbage in, garbage out. Water in, water out. Wait, no, ok that’s true, but didn’t work in this case. How about this, what is on the inside will reflect on the outside. This can be applied to so much more than just water.
This, my friends, is how I keep my lips happy and far from having a rough day.