|Pucker Up: Five Ways to Give Your Lips Some Loving
Do you show your lips some tender-loving care like you do for your skin? If you don’t, listen up. Your lips, just like any other part of your body, need a regular skin-care routine if you want to keep them looking at their best. You can have the best lipstick in the world, but if you apply it on dry, flaking lips, it won’t be worth squat. Give your puckers some genuine pampering with these five simple tips:
1. Drink lots of water
It has been said many times: a well-hydrated body is the key to healthy, glowing skin. The same thing can be said of your lips. Keep dehydration and chapping at bay by drinking eight to ten glasses of water every day.
2. Exfoliate regularly
Maybe you’ve noticed there are times when your lips begin to flake for no reason. Don’t wait for this to happen. Make it a habit to exfoliate your lips at least twice daily. Gently rub a soft-bristled toothbrush around your lips, and that’s it. You can also use a lip scuff or lip scrub to remove those dead skin cells.
3. Make lip balm your best friend
Prevention is key. Hence, prevent chapping from happening in the first place by regularly slathering your lips with lip balm. The clear variants are the best; you can wear them under or over your lipstick without affecting color. With all the lip balms available in the market, you’re sure to find the right kind for you.
4. Shield your lips from the sun
Just because lips don’t tan doesn’t mean they can’t get fried from the sun’s harsh rays. Cover all the bases by using a lip product that has at least an SPF of 15. Since lip balms usually come off after eating and drinking, be sure to reapply it as necessary.
5. Give your lips a breather
Avoid wearing lipsticks when you can. There’s nothing wrong with these beauty products, but give your lips the chance to breathe too. Ignore that tube when you’re just hanging out at home or doing quick errands. Your lips will thank you for it.
Believe it or not, Angelina Jolie’s lips didn’t just fall from the sky. Sure, she got lucky with those lip-plumping genes, but she has to take care of them too. Don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t got Angelina’s lips. Your puckers may not be the fullest of the bunch, but at least they’re healthy.
By Mike Wheatley