Whether you follow me here on the blog or over on my Instagram page ( @DailyCatL ), you’ll know that some of my favorite topics relate to skincare, bodycare and haircare. I can talk about these topics for hours! But today I’d like to bring your attention to an area that is often just an afterthought in our daily routines: lip care. Unlike the rest of our skin, the lips don’t contain oil glands which means they’re more susceptible to dryness, dehydration and external factors such as UV exposure. Proper lip care should not be reserved only for those times when your lips feel tight, dry or chapped. It should be a daily habit, much like the way you moisturize your face!
Here are 3 very easy and super simple steps that you can implement to help keep the pout protected, no matter the season! I’ll also be sharing with you one of my lip care secrets, the Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment, an absolute savior for dry, flaky lips and so much more!
Most likely you already exfoliate your face and body, but are you also including the lip area? Regular exfoliation is a necessary step in skincare routines. I have previously covered the topic in detail here and here. Just like the skin on our face and body, the lips also accumulate dead skin cells and residue. The skin on the lips is very delicate so I like to exfoliate once a week. I prefer to use a mild DIY natural scrub (see recipe here) or use a gentle face exfoliator such as the Darphin Age-Defying Dermabrasion. In the past, I’ve also used the Fresh Sugar Lip Polish and really liked it. I will probably pick one up again during the Sephora VIB Sale coming up in November. After exfoliating, always make sure you moisturize using your favorite lip balm.
2. Moisturize Daily
The skin on the lips is thin, lacking oil glands and melanin. Seasonal changes, lack of moisture in the air (think air conditioners and heaters), and a poor diet can make your lips dry, tight or flaky. Moisturize daily using hydrating lip balms, butters and treatments. You might be familiar with some of my old loves: the Dior Crème de Rose mentioned here and the Maya Chia Waterless Wonder Balm reviewed in detail here. But recently there’s been a new addition to my stash: the Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment from their Age Smart range. It might seem intuitive given the name, but this product is not just your regular lip balm.
The Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment is an anti-aging overnight lip and perioral (mouth) treatment that firms (to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles), hydrates (to improve skin elasticity while protecting the barrier function against visible signs of aging) and restores the skin’s volume on and around the lips. Formulated with Indian Gentian Extract, Sesame Seed Extracts and vitamin-rich Shea Butter, this lip treatment leaves my lips softer, smoother and plumper-looking. I’ve been using this daily at night, after cleansing and toning the face.
3. Apply SPF
Sun protection is crucial all year round for any exposed skin area, so the lips are no exception. In fact, the lip area is even more sensitive and prone to damage caused by UV exposure, as lips contain no melanin. During the day, reach for lip products formulated with broad spectrum SPF. The Coola Liplux SPF30 previously reviewed here is a great option, suitable for the entire family (I have several of these: one for myself, one for my husband and one for my toddler). If your current lip balm doesn’t include SPF, make sure you use your regular face SPF to coat the lips and ensure they’re staying protected from the sun. And as it goes with proper application of SPF, re-applying is key. Always follow up every few hours – underneath your lipstick or opt to wear it alone.
What are some of your tips to protect the lips? Do you use lip balms daily or only when your lips feel the need? Please do share in the comments down below.
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