Do you suffer from dry, chapped lips? If you do you’ll know how annoying it can be and how some lip products just seems to make the problem worse. I’ve used chap sticks, lips salves and countless products that promise instant relief only to find they give a temporary conditioning to the surface but not much else.
I also discovered recently that one of the chap sticks I’ve been applying in the hope of combating dryness actually contained two ingredients; sodium laurel sulfate and peppermint which both cause the lips to become parched and dehydrated! Who knew?
The skin on our lips is much thinner than the skin covering most of our body, in fact, on our lips this protective layer is four to five times thinner compared to the skin on our face. The skin on our lips is also devoid of oil glands so no help there in the way of self-preservation!
I think where I’d gone wrong in the past was waiting for a lip crisis and pulling all stops to heal them rather than incorporating some good lip care in my daily skin care routine and avoiding the problem altogether. So I’ve been on a mission to find the perfect lip service program and by golly I think I’ve got it!
This is a pricey and luxurious product but I’m in love with it! It’s a special formula with a whipped consistency. It contains macadamia oil, shea butter, vitamin E, and aloe (all good natural ingredients) and rose and lavender essential oils so super-soothing. I carry this little pot everywhere and one of the reasons I love it, is its ability to work even through lipstick, just wear it as a gloss and it keeps your lips conditioned all day.
This is a harder balm and not as glossy as the Chantecaille so it’s ideal for wearing under lip products. I apply this after cleansing my skin in the morning and by the time I’m ready to apply lipstick it has completely absorbed. Unlike a lot of lip balms it’s slightly waxy so it doesn’t cause lipstick to slip. It has the added bonus of preventing lipstick from bleeding into the surrounding skin (what lines?!) This one has chamomile and marshmallow to help soothe and safflower, jojoba, macadamia, beeswax, cocoa butter and evening primrose oils restore and prevent moisture loss.
A legendary balm in a whopping big tube this is my night time lip repair “go to”. Created in 1930 by Elizabeth Arden to soothe skin it’s still a cult product today. Even though it does contain petrolatum, it also has a skin-smoothing beta-hydroxy and vitamin E so it helps the skin on the lips regenerate as you sleep. It took a long time to get used to the smell which I hated when I first tried this but happily now comes in a fragrance free version for those who really can’t stand it. Why I love it? It’s the only product that seems to stay on protecting and repairing and conditioning all through the night.
That’s right a little bitty scrub for your lips! Bubblegum is made with exfoliating castor sugar and has a soft natural flavour that makes you want to lick it off. Use this once or twice a week to slough off dry dead skin cells and your lips will look super soft, smooth and pouty.
Of course drinking buckets of water will ensure that your lips get moisture from the inside out, but sometimes, chapped, dry or cracked lips are actually a result of a vitamin deficiency. All of the B complex vitamins contribute to your skin’s health, but some key players, such as niacin (vitamin B3) and riboflavin (vitamin B2) really boost your skin’s ability to retain moisture.
Green vegetables such as spinach, Swiss chard, green beans and collard greens are fantastic sources of niacin, and riboflavin is readily available in dairy foods and almonds. For optimal skin (and thus lip) health, you should, of course, eat a balanced diet. But if you sometimes struggle to get all your fruit and vegetable servings each day, it’s a good idea to supplement with a multivitamin.
So take care of your lips daily with a few swipes of some great products and you’ll never suffer the dreaded dry, cracked lips again!
Do you have a favourite lip balm? We’d love to hear your recommendations.