If you’re anything like me, you have to put in extra love, care, and attention into your lip care during the fall and winter seasons. If I don’t take care of them properly, my lips will crack, bleed, and just cause me a lot of overall pain and discomfort.
To avoid this dreaded chapped pout, I follow a really simple lip care routine, so my lips can be smooth, hydrated, and plump all winter long.
Here are the 5 ways I like to battle the effects of cold winds and central indoor heating on my lips.
1. Invest in a Humidifier
Not only is the cold air outside causing our lips to crack, our indoor heating systems are also to blame.
Humidifiers help to replace the moisture in dry indoor air, thus keeping our skin and lips hydrated and soft all winter long.
2. Avoid Citrus-y, Salty, and Spicy Foods
Acidic, salty, and spicy foods can really irritate the lips and the skin around your mouth, so do your best to avoid them altogether (especially when your lips are already compromised from the cold weather!).
If you’re absolutely keen on eating these foods, take caution by avoiding letting them touch your lips.
3. Exfoliate Your Lips Once a Week
Exfoliating your lips is so important! It helps buff away any dry, chapped skin; leaving you with soft, plump lips and a smooth canvas for your lip balm application.
My favourite lip scrub is made by Lush, however, you can totally DIY your own by mixing some olive oil and granulated sugar together in a small bowl or container. You can even apply some Vaseline to your lips and then use a soft toothbrush to gently exfoliate your pout.
A word of caution: Be careful using an exfoliator on your lips if they are already cracked or sensitive, as it’ll only further irritate your lips. Instead, apply a honey and aloe vera gel mixture to help heal and soothe them.
4. Choose a Moisturizing Lip Balm with Natural Ingredients
Flip your lip balm over and take a look at the ingredients. What do you see?
Ingredients like salicylic acid, menthol (yep — mint!), and phenol are only going to make your lips drier. However, lip balms with ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil, almond oil, and beeswax are really going to nourish, soothe, and moisturize your lips.
Do your best to be selective with the lip balm you’re using on your pout, especially if you have sensitive skin or your lips gets really chapped during the cold winter months.
5. Avoid Matte Lipsticks
Matte lipsticks are notorious for making it look like any moisture you once had has been sucked out of your lips. And when you combine a drying lipstick with dry lips, it can quickly become a cake-y, uneven mess.
To avoid this, opt for a tinted lip balm or a moisturizing lipstick during the cold winter months.
Do you get really dry lips during the fall and winter? What are your favourite ways of keeping your lips moisturized?