There are few things you love more than slathering on a good face mask or trying out a new moisturizer.
Your beauty shelf is always expanding, and you study up on the latest crazes in lotions and potions.
But one thing that even the best beauty bloggers often overlook?
The importance of proper lip care.
If you’re like most people, you probably just slather on some of your favorite lip balm when you need it and call it a day. But you could be doing a lot more to improve the look — and feel — of your lips.
Read on to score some of the top lip care tips.
1. Get a Lip Exfoliant
You exfoliate your face and body a few times a week.
So, why aren’t you doing the same thing for your lips? Exfoliating your lips (gently) every other day or so helps you to get rid of dead skin and brighten the look of your lips.
Proper lip exfoliation also helps you to ward off potential infections.
Check out a few of these beauty recipes to learn how to make your own luscious lip exfoliant.
2. Give Yourself a Lip Massage
Yes, you read that right.
While jade rollers for the face may be one of the most talked about beauty trends of the moment, you should also take the time to massage your lips.
This helps to improve circulation, keeps lips plump and healthy, and of course, it just feels good.
Many of us purse and hold tension in our lips that we’re not even aware of. Regular lip massages can also reduce the look and appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth.
So invest in a fabulous oil, preferably coconut-based, and gently massage your lips for a few minutes every day. To get maximum benefits, do this right after you’ve exfoliated.
3. Consider Augmentation
Beauty is also about being confident.
If you feel like your lips are too small, we understand that drawing your lips on every single day can start to get pretty irritating.
Maybe that’s why you’re considering getting lip fillers.
Always make sure that you go to an experienced and reliable clinic, and study up on the possible side effects. The good news is that lip plumping procedures require very little downtime, and the results can last for a few months at a time.
We think that sure beats having to spend ten minutes drawing on oversized lips every morning.
4. Resist Licking Your Lips
Especially when it’s windy or chilly outside, our lips can quickly get starved for moisture.
Many of us go for the simplest solution — licking our lips.
And while this might provide a momentary bit of relief? It just ends up making things worse for your lips in the long run. This actually just dries out your lips even more than they already were.
Plus, licking or touching your lips makes you vulnerable to picking up nasty bacteria.
Before you head out for the day, always make sure you have a lip balm in your bag.
5. Know Key Balm Ingredients
Another thing you need to know about lip care? Not all balms and creams are created equal.
When you’re shopping for a salve or balm, you need to know the ingredients that pack the most powerful punch.
Especially if you need winter lip care, you should look for a balm that contains moisturizing shea butter. But if your lips are already chapped, or if you know you have sensitive lips, try to steer clear of balms that contain camphor oil.
Other awesome hydrating ingredients include beeswax, coconut and jojoba oils, and yes, traditional petroleum jelly. Pick your scents carefully too, in order to avoid further irritating your lips.
6. Don’t Forget Sunscreen
Yes, you need to make sure you wear sunscreen on your face to protect against both wrinkles and skin cancer.
However, one of the most essential lip care tips is to make sure you wear a balm with some serious SPF.
You can also apply sunscreen directly to your lips.
Because lips don’t have melanin, which is the skin pigment that fights off sun damage, they can get burned easily. Applying SPF makes you much less likely to feel the burn.
7. When in Doubt, Drink More Water
The real secret to beautiful lips?
It’s the final and easiest tip on our lip care list.
All you need to do is drink more water — in most cases, about 8-10 glasses per day. This will help to ensure that your entire body, not just your lips, gets the hydration and moisture it needs.
Plus, we’re sure that you’ll love the added bonus of glowy skin that proper hydration brings!
Upgrade Your Lip Care Routine with These Tips
Thanks to this post, you now know some of the most important lip care secrets.
Remember that, whether you choose to buy a pre-made balm or make your own, look for natural ingredients and minimal dyes and scents. Above all, make sure you never leave home without your favorite balm in your bag.
Now that your lips are perfectly kissable, perhaps you want to know what you can do to improve the rest of your face and body.
We’ve got you covered.
From helping you to find the right vitamins so you can heal from within to making sure you’re clear on healthy skin habits, we’ll tell you everything you need to both look and feel your best every single day.