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With the weather getting cooler and dry heat coming on indoors, odds are that your lips are drying out. This can lead to a host of beauty problems: the white residue on your lips after applying lip balm, lip color settling into the fine lines of your lips, and flaking. If left unchecked, dry lips could crack and bleed, and over time, the wrinkles can show your age. Just like you moisturize to prevent wrinkles on your skin, you can do the same for your lips. Here are a few solutions to your cold weather lip dilemmas.
Developing good habits and cutting back on your bad ones can work wonders to keep to lips healthy. One of the best solutions to dry lips, as well as dry skin and a number of health concerns, is to drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is the best way to keep your skin and lips hydrated, so make sure that you get your recommended eight cups of water. If your lips are chronically dry, look at some of your bad habits. Do you lick your lips? Saliva dries quickly and will dry your lips out with it. Breathing from your mouth will also dry your lips quickly, so try to breath through your nose. Bad habits like smoking can contribute to deep lines on your lips due to the constant puckering the smoking requires.
Flaky lips can be remedied by exfoliating. Use a damp washcloth to gently scrub your lips and remove the dead skin. You can also use a clean toothbrush or a gentle facial scrub to carefully buff the flakes away. You know the gross white residue that gets left on your lips when you apply lip balm to dry lips? InStyle reveals that the icky gunk is caused by particles from the balm getting trapped in the flakes and cracks. If you’ve already got the residue on your lips, remove it by wiping it away with a cotton swab, then remember to exfoliate your lips regularly to prevent future gunk. Lip gloss can also prevent the residue: the thick, glossy formula will show shine, not gunk.
Did you know that your lips can suffer from sun damage? Just like the rest of your skin, lips can burn, dry out, and age faster (as can the delicate skin around your lips). This is a problem that you need to look out for year-round, not just in the summer, because your lips are almost always exposed to the sun’s rays. Prevent sunburns on your lips just like you do on your skin: apply a product with SPF. Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm has a sun protection factor of 20 and promises to soften your lips for eight hours. It comes in a variety of scents and shades so that you can get a little hint of color. If your lips are already burned, look for products with Vitamin E or aloe, but don’t lick your lips once it’s on.
Lip color will only settle into lines if there are lines for it to settle into. Keep your lips plump and minimize lines by applying moisturizing lip balm before applying drying lipstick. If your lip lines are already severe, you can turn to injected fillers, but moisturizing should make a difference for those lines caused by dryness. Avoid using just a lip pencil for color, because it can be drying. Pair lip liner with moisturizing lipsticks, lip balms, and glosses.
Keeping your pucker moisturized doesn’t mean that you have to use boring products; you can still try out plenty of colors while keeping your lips soft. Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter has the appearance of a lipstick but moisturizes more like a balm. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm gives you natural-looking color and soft lips. If you’re concerned about residue or lip lines, your best bet is a gloss. The gloss won’t settle into lines or underneath lip flakes. In fact, it’s thick enough to sit on top of it all. Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss will soften your lips while giving you color and shine that will hide your lip imperfections.
When the cool autumn wind is blowing and dry heat turns your home and workplace into a desert, use these tips to keep your lips soft, smooth, and like summer never ended.