Lip care for the winter
With the chilly winter air comes cold hands, dry skin and chapped lips. But don’t let the season ruin your pout as this time of year is great when it comes to going for bold, deep lip colours, so you need a good base to build on!
As hard as it may be, avoid licking your lips during this time of year. When you feel them dry and cracking it’s only natural to moisten them, but in actual fact saliva on your lips will have the opposite effect. Experts warn against it because it dehydrates the skin and makes it even more dry, and enzymes in the saliva may irritate your mouth, making an even more uncomfortable sensation.
Drinking water also helps hydrate chapped lips, but to tackle the issue head on we suggest you get your hands on a decent lip balm. Steer clear of products containing substances like menthol, as they do not sink in properly and as you apply more, the drying out continues. Using something that has vitamin E, beeswax or shea butter in the ingredients is the best way to treat your lips to some TLC, as is lathering on the reliable petroleum jelly. Some of our top choices are L'Occitane’s Natural Shea Ultra Rich Lip Balm, Nivea Lip Essential Care Shea Butter or Yes to Coconut Naturally Smooth Lip Balm.
Lip masks work wonders too, such as Aritaum Ginger Sugar Overnight Lip Mask (containing shea butter and beeswax – win win!) or Etude House Cherry Lip Gel Patch. Use once a week to really help get your pout back into top form, with a quality mask working to remove any dry skin as well as boost circulation.
It’s important to jump on the case straight away when your lips begin to dry out as leaving it for a while will make applying lippy for your Christmas party almost impossible!
Embrace festive colours this winter, whether it’s a Santa-inspired red like MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, a rich plum such as Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Femme Fatale Matte or L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Gold Obsession Lipstick in Pure Gold - if you’re brave enough.