If you are like me, then you know how deeply frustrating dry lips can be. While most people suffer from this at some point in their lives, certain climates can make this worse than others. Climates like mine, where the majority of the year happens to be a cold, dry winter. Oh, Canada!
This can cause a serious problem for makeup lovers like myself, as nothing looks worse than trying to apply red lipstick to crusty, cracked lips. Now, I’m not kidding when I tell you that my lips get dry. Imagine the Sahara Desert, and then combine it with the Antarctic Dry Valleys. Okay, perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration. As a seemingly eternal fighter in the war against dry lips, I thought I would put together a post on how I personally deal with my (unbearably) dry lips. They have a tendency to crack, peel, and get bumpy. In the first image, I am showing you just how dry my lips can be. After wearing lip colour and picking at them all day, they were in quite an unpleasant state. While my lips still have some blotchiness/redness leftover, it is a significant improvement from the initial state. The most important steps in combatting lip-dryness are:
Exfoliating: Throughout the day, our skin and lips are exposed to a lot of things, the majority of which are not exactly gentle. As we talk or lick our lips, our saliva and the air can have very drying effects. For my fellow lipstick-wearers, wearing lip color all day has a tendency to settle into fine lines and cracks and contribute to dryness. Exfoliating helps to remove all the excess dead-skin to make your lips softer, smoother, and more plump. However, be careful not to over-exfoliate! As with facial exfoliation, it’s best to do it no more than a couple of times a week, and take extra care to be gentle while doing so. My favourite lip exfoliator is the Lush Lip Scrub!
Moisturize: The importance of properly moisturizing your lips really cannot be overstated. The skin around the lips (in a way much like the skin under the eyes) is very think, and contains no oil glands. This means that lips don’t produce the same natural oils and thus have a difficult time staying hydrated. Basically, a good lip moisturizer should mimic the effects that sebum has for the skin-to keep moisture in the skin and protect it. That being said, there are ma ny lip products containing ingredients that are not helpful. Try to avoid:
- Salicylic acid
Ingredients that are recommended by dermatologists:
- Moisturizers (beeswax, ceramides, vaseline)
- Humectants (glycerin, urea)
- cocoa butter
- coconut oil, jojoba oil, or hemp oil
As tempting as it might be, try to avoid picking or peeling at your lips, as this can make the problem worse and cause tenderness and bleeding. Some of my favourite lip products are:
What are your favourite lip balms/products?