Having lived in Michigan all my life, I'd learned how to navigate through the Winter blues. Cold temps can really do a number on your skin. Cool, dry air tends to dry your skin out faster; Leaving you clinging to any moisturizer or lotion you can find. But what about your lips? Your typical lip gloss won't be an even match for Old Man Winter. Here's three products I've found to help keep my lips super soft throughout the season.
My biggest pet peeve in the Winter time: chapped and peeling lips! No matter how much chapstick I applied, my lips were still peeling. Frustrated with issue at hand, I did a little research and found the perfect solution. Exfoliate! Exfoliate! Exfoliate! Just like your face, your lips need to be exfoliated to remove any dead skin cells. I decided to try this Bliss Fabulips sugar scrub ( Yes, if you're a DIY kinda girl you can make your own). You simply apply a moderate amount to your lips and wipe clean; Leaving behind super soft lips.
After you exfoliate, try a moisturizing lip mask to lock in moisture and increase softness. This mask from Sephora is not only affordable at $3 but it works in only 15 minutes. You should feel the difference after removing the mask. Your lips will thank you.
The key to keeping your lips hydrated throughout the day: moisturizing lip balm. I feel in love with this Nivea Kiss of Smoothness lip balm by accident. I came across coupons for it one day making them practically free and stocked up. I figured if anything, it would be a back-up in emergency situations. Needless to say, after trying it out I'm hooked. It's so soothing and easy to apply. Not to mention it is far from greasy.
REHAB TIP: It works well as a base prior to applying your lipstick too.
By now, you get the idea that moisture is the key to maintaining soft lips throughout the Winter months. The more you lick your lips, the more moisture you're loosing. Stay ready with a moisturizing lip balm throughout the day. Exfoliate and mask as needed for added protection.
Cheers to a New Year and to Winter being half way done!