Winter Lip Care: 4 Easy Steps

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Do you find yourself reaching for that lip balm more than usual in the winter to treat your chapped lips? Makeup expert Bahar Niramwalla shares four easy steps to protect your lips this winter and keep them moisturized and supple.

Our lips, in comparison to the rest of our facial skin, only has three to five cellular layers which makes them so incredibly thin and susceptible to drying, flaking, and cracking quickly. Also, there are no oil glands on the lips, meaning our body has no way of regulating the moisture barrier on them. During bitter, cold winters with heavy wind-chills, and the blasting, dry heat indoors, our poor, dehydrated lips need some extra TLC.

Step 1: Hydrate

  • Replenish lost water resources every single day especially when outside battling crazy wind chills and then indoors with heaters blasting away.
  • Herbal teas are a great option. With no caffeine a hot cup of tea could be really cozy during these freezing months.
  • Avoiding caffeine and too much sugar is another great way to care for your lips. Caffeine and sugar are all hydration zappers that attack our water reserves

Step 2: Exfoliate

  • At-home DIY option: This at-home option is easy, inexpensive and very nourishing thanks to coconut oil. Take equal amounts coconut oil and brown sugar and apply gently for 20-30 seconds. Rinse off and voila, smooth, nourished lips. And a bonus - it's edible!
  • Product option: For those not-so-DIY savvy try Lush’s Bubble Gum Lip Balm and Scrub. It contains mandarin oils, almond oil and castor sugar to slough off the dead skin and help nourish at the same time. 

Step 3: Repair

  • At-home DIY option: Repairing lost moisture from the outside is now imminent as we've sloughed off dead skin cells and need to add in back the necessary hydration to the lips. This DIY mask is packed full of super-hydrating honey and nourishing olive oil. Mix 1 teaspoon of honey to half a teaspoon of olive oil and apply to the lips. Cover with saran wrap and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and voila! Happy, hydrated lips
  • Product option: Try the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm in the same fashion. It strengthens your lip's delicate moisture barrier while delivering intense, long-lasting moisture that immediately soothes lips. Also, it adds a subtle sheen and a refreshing eucalyptus-based fragrance to your lips. 

Step 4: Protect

  • After all these intense steps, your lips won't make it without protection.
  • Find a great balm that contains natural oils which can actually be absorbed by the lips.
  • Also, find one that isn't too slick so you can wear it underneath your lipgloss or lipstick.
  • Try Dr. Roebuck's all-natural blend of beeswax and essential oils is free from petrochemicals, sulphates and silica.

 

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