Pucker up: 4 game-changing steps for hydrated lips


Pucker up: 4 game-changing steps for hydrated lips

It's no secret that there’s nothing cute or particularly comfortable about flaky, chapped lips. With less moisture in the air, our lips tend to get dry, itchy and cracked in record time. As you will know, this makes for a woeful situation when it comes to attempting to apply matte lipsticks of any kind.

Good news - with this useful lip hydration cheatsheet, you'll be feeling soft and hydrated in no time, even when the weather is against you. Here’s our round-up of the lip products to invest in that will have you long-wear lipstick ready asap.

When was your last lip exfoliation?

Soft lips begin with a good exfoliator! Scrubbing away the dead skin takes mere seconds and results in lips that are perfectly smooth, and you probably need to do it more often than you think. Treating your lips to one of these scrubs bi-weekly promises to reveal perfectly primed and hydrated lips, without stripping them of moisture. Another huge benefit of a lip scrub is that your lipstick will glide on silky smooth with no bumps and cracks!

We love: Wet n Wild Lip Scrub which is made with extra fine sugar, the Perfect Pout Lip Scrub will buff away dead skin from your lips, keeping them soft and feeling heavenly. Available at Farmers.

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A mask, but for your lips

If you've never invested in this niche beauty product, now's the time! A lip mask could be just what you need. Masks help nourish and replenish overnight for smoother, more supple lips by the morning. Formulated with ingredients such as antioxidants, shea butter and hyaluronic acid, they will transform your lips overnight. Before bed, spread on a nice thick layer, and await the AM transformation (you won’t be disappointed).

We love: Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Night Rehab Lip Mask, available from Farmers.. It delivers lasting care for revived, beautiful lips that are ready to be kissed in the morning. Apply a quick coat last thing before going to bed and sleep, it's as easy as that!

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Balm queen

Stay hydrated on the go! Never underestimate the power of a good lip balm, these play an essential role in keeping your lips hydrated all day long. Effective balms creates a protective barrier between your lips and the weather, and you may need to try a few formulations before you find the one that works best for you.

Whatever lip balm you find for this season, make sure it also contains SPF. While our bodies hide under the warmth and comfort of jackets and scarves, our lips are constantly exposed to the environment and vulnerable to pigmentation and drying out, so sun protection remains key!

We love: Blistex Ultra Lip Balm SPF 30+. It Deeply moisturises dry and chapped lips. Contains high SPF factor for ultra lip protection from the sun, wind and cold. Available from Life Pharmacy.

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Introducing lip oil

You've heard the hype; your lips won’t know what hit ’em. Lip oils will treat your lips like no other! Infused with moisturising, active ingredients, lip oils shield your lips against the environment and help your lips stay smooth all hours of the day. They deeply nourish chapped, dry lips and help reduce the appearance of wrinkles by plumping the outline. Lip oils will become your new bedside table bestie in no time!

We love: Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil available at Life Pharmacy. Lip care that nourishes and comforts. Deposits a non-sticky, subtly sweet coat of shine on the lips. The sponge-tip applicator makes application even more of a pleasure.

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