Advice, Beauty

My all-year-round lip care routine

When it comes to my lips I am not willing to take any shortcuts, especially since they are prone to cracking in this dry heat, which can be sore and really uncomfortable. I’ve always looked after my lips really well. I don’t lick them unnecessarily and I don’t pick the skin off when it becomes flaky – which is good because it damages them and causes sores.

There are a number of products that I am obsessed with, all of which I use daily, weekly, when needed, and all year round. All of these products contribute to keeping my pout soft, hydrated and kissable at all times.

Products I have handy at all times

  1. Baby oil (weekly): The perfect cleanser (by itself or mixed with a number of natural ingredients like coconut milk or rose water), baby oil helps to remove any pollutants from your lips gently while helping to hydrate them in the process. I cleanse my lips once a week.
  2. A lip scrub (when needed): There are loads of companies who produce lip scrubs that are worth buying. The one I have at the moment is from Lush (the bubble gum flavoured one), and it is a lifesaver when it comes to getting rid of dead skin. Beauty tip: If you scrub your lips before applying a lipstick, it will glide on effortlessly.
  3. Lip balm (daily): I have so many lip balms, guys. You wouldn’t believe me if I told you how many. My two fave go-to’s however are the Blistex DCT and Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm. At the moment I am using Carmex, but what I love about Blistex is that their lip balms come with an SPF 20 already included. When I am using Carmex I do use a little bit of sun cream first, then apply the carmex on top, just to give my lips the protection they need.

Other tips:

  1. To make sure your lips don’t get dry during the night, add a thicker application of your lip balm just before you get in to bed. This ensures that when you wake up in the morning, you do not have lips that resemble sand paper.
  2. When using your lip scrub, ensure you do not scrub too hard. If you do, you run the risk of hurting your lips and the skin around your mouth. I have gotten carried away a couple of times – because it does not hurt at the time – and have ended up with sensitive lips.
  3. If you would rather avoid applying baby oil to your lips (because you might think it’s too greasy), rather opt for another natural ingredient by itself. Rose water is really gentle on both your lips and skin, as well as coconut water which is really hydrating and not oily at all.

I use this three-step lip care routine all year round to make sure my lips are in tip-top shape and there is no chance of them getting cracked, chapped or sore.

To be honest, I might be a little obsessed about my lip care, only because they are sensitive and I cannot stand the feeling of dry, chapped lips. However, I think it’s important in this heat (and in the cold in winter) to look after them all year round so you can lessen issues further down the line.

Do you follow your own lip care routine? If so, what do you do and what products do you use? Let me know in the comments section down below.

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