Lip care 101: Put your best pout forward

Lip care 101: Put your best pout forward

  • By Romita Mazumdar

Make your way to the softest and naturally pink, luscious lips with this quick and easy guide. Take a look at this skincare guide, but for your lips.

Can we all agree to the fact that lip care is not something that we all focus on and think about every day? Instead, we just use a regular lip balm, once in a while and get done with it. We only consider lip care if we’re facing issues such as chapped/dry/pigmented lips. Hence, to avoid having such concerns, it’s good to have a lip care routine beforehand. Keep on scrolling to learn a super quick, 4 step lip care routine.

Easy to follow lip-care guide

1. Exfoliation

Just like the rest of your face, your lips also go through a lot the entire day. Hence, it becomes necessary to wipe off the dead skin cells from your lips. Exfoliation furthermore helps in better penetration of products used later. You can either use a physical lip scrub (store-bought or DIY) or a chemical exfoliator. Make sure to use mild chemical exfoliators such as mandelic or lactic acid.

2. Hydration

Lip essences or lip oils are great to deliver subtle hydration to your lips. This also ensures that if you are applying heavy lip balms or masks, they glide on much better. If you don’t own lip oil, you can just use cold-pressed, single-ingredient oils such as rosehip, squalene, etc. Rosehip oils are great to target lip pigmentation as well, which is a bonus!

3. Moisturization

A non-negotiable step in any skincare routine (for face, or lips) is using a moisturizer. A lip balm not only provides nourishment to your lips but also repairs your lips and restores lost shine. Lip balms contain nourishing ingredients such as shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, beeswax, etc that can trap moisture and heal chapped lips.

Apart from a lip balm, you can also use a lip mask if you face extremely dry and cracked lips. A lip mask will work instantly on your lips, making it all hydrated and plump without much effort!

4. Sun Protection

No matter how hard times get, you should never skip protecting yourself from the harmful rays of the sun! And the best way to do this is by applying sunscreen. Just like the rest of our body, our lips also need protection from the sun and they’ll benefit greatly from it. You can either use a lip balm that has SPF in it or you can just apply a little bit of our favourite CoverUp Sunscreen on your lips along with your face. This will help in maintaining the natural colour of your lips.

A few other things to keep in mind to care for your lips are:

  • Don’t lick your lips too often
  • Avoid picking on your lips
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • If you can, avoid using very matte lipsticks
  • Stop smoking
  • Eat your antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables
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