I’m no fan of the cold weather at this time of year! But what I do love is that I get to wear gorgeous lipstick colours. Reds, burgundy and crimson shades are such a great way to brighten up your pale winter complexion in an instant or for a bit of extra glamour. Unfortunately, the cooler temperatures tend to leave our lips looking and feeling dry and flaky. And wearing deeper shades on your lips can show that off even further. But all is not lost. Here are 2 very simple things you can do to heal your dry winter lips in minutes. So your lips will look and feel gorgeous, hydrated and perfectly prepped for all those fabulous lip colours.
Step 1: Prep Your Lips
A smooth and even lipstick application is all in the preparation. And the simplest way to do that is to exfoliate your lips. Yes, it is possible to exfoliate your lips too! There are 2 simple products you can use to do this. And we’ll look at them in a moment. But before you even begin to exfoliate, you need to first remember that the skin on your lips is extremely thin. Therefore, you need to take extra care of it. If you scrub or exfoliate your moisture moisture-starved dry winter lips too much, you’ll actually end up damaging the skin. So make sure to treat your lips with care and apply very soft pressure.
Let’s now look at 3 ways you can exfoliate your lips:
1. Use a Lip Scrub
Just like for the body and face, there are scrubs that are especially for the lips. These tend to be much gentler than regular scrubs. Begin by taking a small amount of the scrub and gently massage it onto your lips. As I’ve already mentioned, don’t apply too much pressure. You don’t want to damage the lips even further. Do this for a couple of minutes to ensure you’ve removed all the dry, flaky skin. Then remove any excess by blotting your lips on a tissue.
2. Make your own lip scrub
Another alternative to buying a lip scrub is to make your own at home. This is quite easy to do, is a lot cheaper than buying one and is 100% natural. A recipe I love is to mix 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of olive oil (or coconut oil if you prefer). It works a treat and it smells gorgeous too.
3. Use a soft toothbrush
This is such a cheap and easy way to exfoliate your lips. The key here is to make sure you use a VERY soft toothbrush. So a child’s toothbrush is perfect for this as the bristles are super soft. Use the same procedure to exfoliate as you would if you were using a lip scrub.
How often should I exfoliate my dry winter lips?
I recommend doing this no more than 1 to 2 times per week maximum. You really don’t want to overdo it with the exfoliation. Less is more. If your lips are particularly dry and flaky, especially in Winter, aim for twice per week.
Step 2: Rehydrate Your Lips
So you’ve prepped your lips and removed any dry, flaky skin. And now they’re ready for some extra TLC and rehydration. As you’ve probably guessed, the best way to do this is to apply a lip balm. However, before you go reaching for any old lip balm, there’s one very important thing you need to be aware of first.
The ingredient that’s going to hinder rather than help
You might think using lip products such as, for example, Vaseline, Chapstick or Lobello are great for dry winter lips. But they’re actually causing more harm than good as they’re not actually hydrating or treating your lips at all. What they’re doing instead is just coating them.
This is due to an ingredient in these lip balms called petrolatum. It’s also known as petroleum jelly. It will give your lips some immediate relief. But have you ever noticed how your lips are still feeling dry even though you’ve been applying the lip balm on a consistent basis? Well, it’s because the petrolatum is just coating the top layer of skin on your lips. It’s not actually penetrating them and hydrating the lower layers of skin which is what’s needed in order for your lips to feel properly hydrated and cared for.
Be mindful of the lip products you’re using
Remember that what you put on your skin, is also absorbed INTO your body. And that’s particularly true of lip products. So in effect, you’re literally ‘eating’ your lipsticks and lip balms. This is why it’s important to be mindful of the ingredients that are in the beauty products you’re buying. By using lip products that only contain natural and organic ingredients, you’re also looking after your health as well as your skin. I spoke in greater detail about that here in my beginners guide to natural and organic beauty.
So what should I apply instead?
Look for lip balms that don’t contain petrolatum and that do contain organic ingredients such as cocoa butter or shea butter as they will really hydrate your lips. Oils such as coconut or olive are also great ingredients in lip balms.
How often should I apply lip balm to my lips?
My top tip is to always apply lip balm to your lips every evening before you go to sleep. You’re not going to be eating or drinking as you sleep. So this gives the lip balm enough time to work its magic and soak into your lips to really hydrate them.
If you’re feeling like your lips are very dry right now, apply the lip balm on a regular basis until they’re feeling hydrated again. Once they are, I recommend applying your lip balm twice per day. Once in the morning as part of your morning skincare routine. And as I’ve mentioned, once in the evening before going to sleep.
Prepping your lips for your gorgeous lip colour
So what do you do if you want to go ahead and apply a gorgeous lip colour now, but your dry winter lips are looking very dry and chapped? Follow the exact same steps I outlined above. It’s best to begin the process before you apply any of your other makeup products. That way, you really allow the lovely nourishing ingredients in your scrub and lip balm to soak into your lips for as long as possible.
If you apply your lip colour directly after applying your scrub and lip balm, your lipstick will slide off as quickly as you apply it. This is because there’s too much oil and moisture on your lips. That’s why it’s best to apply the scrub and balm first and then wait at least 5 minutes before applying your gorgeous lipstick colour. Following these steps will also ensure your lipstick goes on more smoothly and evenly. And your lips will look gorgeous and kissable.
I really hope you found these tips helpful. If you follow both of these steps on a regular basis, you’ll notice that your lips will stay in tip-top condition. Prevention is always better than cure. It doesn’t mean you’ll avoid dry winter lips altogether. But they certainly won’t be as dry as usual. Or at the very least, they’ll be back to their usual hydrated self a lot quicker.
But perhaps it’s not just dry winter lips you’re suffering from right now. Is your face also looking and feeling dry and moisture-starved at the moment? If so, make sure to read my FREE Skincare Guide. It contains over 20 pages of tips for your skin type that will leave you looking gorgeous and glowing, even in the winter months.
So now that you know how to get your lips looking fabulous again, you have a hard choice to make. And that’s what gorgeous lipstick are you going to choose to wear today? 🙂 Will you choose a ravenous red? Or a fabulous fuschia? Or maybe something else? Let me know in the comments below. xo