Pucker up!

Article Sian Lewis Oct 18, 2012

Get kissable lips by following our beauty prescription.

Chapped, sore and sensitive lips are a common beauty burden in winter. But you can end your suffering by taking measures to nourish and hydrate your lips now, so they’re in great condition ahead of the chilly season. ‘You should always follow a lip care routine, especially in winter,’ says Pearl Drops beauty expert Nichola Joss. ‘Prevention and treatment isn’t as simple as using lip balm. In fact, in some cases, overuse of lip balm can make your lips even drier.’

The skin on your lips is the most delicate on your body, and unlike the rest of our skin, lips don’t produce their own protective oils. Changes in temperature can dry out your lips and have you reaching for moisture. ‘Dry air inside from central heating and freezing temperatures outside are common causes of lip soreness,’ says Joss.

Religious routine

When performing your daily beauty regime, don’t leave out your lips. ‘Treat your lips as you would your face by exfoliating and massaging them frequently,’ says Joss. ‘Always include the upper lip, lip area and chin, as this will increase blood flow and keep your lips soft, kissable and plump. Brush your lips gently with your toothbrush after cleaning your teeth, to exfoliate and stimulate the area.’
Joss also recommends Yves Saint Laurent Exfoliating Lip Balm (£23, selfridges.com), which contains strawberry seeds and brown sugar to remove rough skin gently.
‘It’s important to use an SPF on your lips in the winter, too, as the sun’s rays can still be harmful to the thin layers of skin,’ says Joss. Exposure to UV rays can quickly cause inflammation of your lips; try Nubo Instant Lip Perfection SPF15 (£38, nubobeauty.com).
Night is the perfect time to treat your lips. ‘Simple is best, so when it comes to chapped lips, Vaseline is an all-round winner,’ says Joss. We love Vaseline Lip Therapy with Aloe Vera (£1.45, boots.com). Or, apply a layer of UMF 20+ manuka honey (newzealandhoneyco.co.nz) to your lips to heal them naturally.

Party pout

Lipstick, rather than gloss, is on trend this winter. Some lipsticks can be drying, so wear a moisturising colour whenever possible. ‘Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge lip colours [£18.90, lancome.co.uk] are my favourite,’ says Joss. ‘They’re enriched with Pro-Xylane, a skin-plumping extract, to nourish and moisturise.’ When your lips are in tip-top condition, give them a boost with DuWop Lip Venom (£15, next.co.uk), with essential oils of cinnamon and ginger to plump your lips.

Nourish with oils

Remember, don’t lick your lips! Saliva is acidic and will dry them out. Pick a balm with nourishing ingredients such as neroli oil, shea butter, almond and olive oils, and anti-ageing royal jelly propolis. Try Burt’s Bees Radiance Lip Shimmer (£5.99, burtsbees.co.uk), with vitamin E and royal jelly
 
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