Ohhhh crisp, autumn air, you throw me. Forgive me for my contradictory emotions, but now that you’re here, I’m already missing my summer skin. I’m for sure down for the bolder looks, the lack of shiny face, and my makeup staying in place without constant maintenance. But with the cooler weather comes drier, uneven, thirsty skin. I find that the very first place I see some trauma is on my lips. Flaky, dry lips aren’t cute for you or anyone else coming into contact with them, so here are my suggestions to keeping that pout kissable.
This may sound strange to those of you that thought exfoliating was a task reserved for your legs, arms and sometimes face. However, all skin benefits from rejuvenation, and though the lips have a very different texture, they benefit from exfoliation just the same. Buffing away the dead skin will help prime your lips for hydration. Here are my favorite exfoliation methods:
Home Remedy: Mix some sugar with a touch of coconut oil in a little dish and apply directly to your lips with your finger. Rub it on your lips in circular motions to buff away dead skin. Reapply some coconut oil to protect the newly exfoliated skin afterwards.
Tip: you can make a big jar of this to store in your medicine cabinet — so cheap!
Quick Fix: e.l.f cosmetics’s The Studio Lip Exfoliator ($3) is an easy to-go fix when you’re out and suddenly have a lip crisis. It’s an exfoliator and hydrator in a portable lip balm-esque packaging that you can throw it in your purse — no problem! It’s not quite as heavy hitting at the coco/sugar combo, but it’ll do in a pinch.
Higher End Salvation: If you’re looking to give you lips some fancy lovin’, I feel you. If that’s the case, I’d opt for Bliss’ Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub ($18). It has a bunch of yummy products in it besides sugar, like almond and walnut shell, vanilla, cocoa butter, and among other things to make this product feel uber luxurious. Though it’s basically a solid $10 pricier than an entire tub of coconut oil, sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself, eyy?
The obvious solution when you’re dealing with cracked, dry lips is to moisturize and hydrate them. We’ve all heard the rumors about getting addicted to lip balm, or that it’s all a ruse, but at the end of the day, if our lips are chapped, we’re going to apply some balm for relief. If you already have your nourishing favorites, but haven’t tried exfoliating yet, you’re going to be amazed at the new power your go-to lip products are going to have. That new skin, freshly devoid of any dead cell barriers, is going to drink in the products delivering hydration and receive the benefits much faster. If you’re looking for some recommendations of moisturizing lip products, look no further.
Lip Mask: When your face is in need of intense hydration, you naturally opt for a moisturizing facemask that works overnight to deliver the desired effect. Doesn’t it make sense to do the same for your lips? BITE Beauty’s The Agave Lip Mask ($26) is a super thick, ultra hydrating, and all natural formula that works to restore the lips. The slightly stickier formula does an excellent job of lingering on the skin so there’s constant protection. The tiniest amount of product goes a long way, so IMO it’s worth the slightly hefty price tag.
Best Base: Perhaps you’re not looking for a heavy-duty lip fixer, and are instead craving a product that works as a base to wear under your lipstick or gloss and also hydrate your lips without causing product to smear. If that’s the case, try Nuxe’s Reve de Miel ($19), which is another wonderfully nourishing product. The difference is that this formula absorbs into the lips much quicker than Bite’s version. The finish of the balm is actually matte so it works better with other products.
Hint of Color: If you’re looking for a lightweight product that actually delivers a bit of pigment to your kisser, both Nivea and Neutrogena offer wonderful products that’ll do the trick for minimal monies.
Nivea’s Kiss of Care & Color ($5) does a decent job of moisturizing your lips, and has four-color options to choose from.
Neutrogena’s Revitalizing Lip Balm ($9), is slightly pricier, but lasts a bit longer. This product has a slightly more flattering color range as well.