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: MAC Lip Scrubtious. A sugar based- exfoliator that gently buffs away dry and flaky skin 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: Tatcha The Kissu lip mask from MECCA - this lip mask works overtime to ensure lips are moisturised. An ultra-soothing jelly mask that softens and smooths dry and chapped lips. Leaves lips conditioned by the peach extract and camellia oil (rich in omegas and fatty acids). You'll notice a visible difference in flake factor after just one use. Another great option is Kiehl’s Buttermask, available at David Jones or Farmers. Infused with Coconut Oil and Wild Mango Butter, this overnight treatment for dry lips soothes and softens while you sleep.
Image source: Tatcha, Kiehl's NZ
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: Dr.Lipp Original Nipple Balm from MECCA - for lips a medically proven, thick, rich and long-lasting moisturising balm. It is truly multi-purpose and can be used to treat dry, chapped lips, sensitive skin, dry cuticles, sore nipples, to condition eyelashes, as glitter glue and even as an after sun soother.
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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: Hourglass No.28 lip treatment oil from MECCA. A luxurious treatment for lips that combines botanicals, vitamins and essential oils to target the delicate lip area while leaving lips feeling hydrated.
Image source: MECCA