Lip Care Tips and Tidbits
DIY Recipes for Luscious, Luminous and Lustrous Loveable Lips
BY SUSAN SCHABACKER
LOVE YOUR LIPS!
Lovely, loveable lips are one of a woman’s most attractive features. Pucker and plump up your pretty pout using the right lip care routine and healthy products and recipes guaranteed to make your smacker shine and shimmer sweetly.
Don’t neglect them! Lips are one of the most important features on your face and are always there for you through all your eating, drinking, kissing, singing, chatting, and laughing.
Avoid dry, chapped, split lips. Keep them healthy, and keep on smiling!
KEEP ‘EM COVERED
Skin is thinner on our lips than on other parts of our bodies, so lips are more susceptible to chapping and splitting. With fewer oil glands and no ability to create the sun-filtering natural melanin, lips often stay on the dry side. The solutions? Exfoliate, moisturize, and protect from the sun with SPF 15 or 30+.
Whichever healthy lip care moisturizer you decide on, keep those lips covered as much as possible and use sun protection to prevent harmful UVA/UVB rays from doing any sun damage. Remember that your lips are covered in skin, so they require sun protection. Wearing sun protection on your lips, even on cloudy and cold days, can slow down the aging process and helps lips appear healthy and youthful. Remember to reapply every hour or so. As temperatures become colder and we battle cold winds and snow, lips can become chapped, so cover those lips with nourishing balm before you head out.
Don’t be bashful about donning the balm and keep those babies moisturized! Aloe vera, coconut oil and vitamin E (just crack open a capsule and slather it on) make ideal luscious lip moisturizers.
NO TOUCHING (OR LICKING) POLICY
Try not to touch your face at all, and leave licking your lips alone. Forgo those bad habits, and your lips (and face) will thank you.
Keep those lips healthy and prevent dead cell buildup by gently scrubbing your lips with an exfoliating lip care scrub. It’s time to shed what you don’t need hanging around. Sloughing off dead skin cells gives your lips a glow and keeps them oh-so-kissably soft and smooth. Use a damp washcloth, toothbrush or sugar scrub and be gentle. Remember, you’re not trying to rub them raw; you just want to remove dead skin cells.
Lips are a lot like a sponge, so keep them well hydrated and drink plenty of water. With water, they plump up and retain moisture, but when dehydrated, they shrink and become dry. So, take a water bottle with you when on the go and sip up – it’ll do your lips, skin, and overall health wonders.
PLUMP + PUCKER UP YOUR POUT
With so many different lip products, including balms, tints, stains, glosses, and lipsticks, you’ll never get bored. Use lip balm to condition your lips regularly, gloss solo, or over color. Add lip liner, followed by color, and highlight your bottom lip with a lighter shade to make lips appear fuller.
Try our DIY recipes for homemade lip care products, and make a few extras as gifts! Creative note: You can recycle empty Altoids containers or even use bottle caps for your lip balms!
LOVE LIP BALM?
Lucky for you, lip balm is so compact it’s portable and is a must-have for every purse or pocket. Enjoy our DIY recipe for lip balm. Lip balm is da balm!
DIY LOVED LIPS LIP BALM (HONEY LAVENDER)
1 teaspoon avocado oil
4 teaspoons almond oil
2 teaspoons honey
10 grams cocoa butter
10 grams beeswax
15 grams shea butter
A few drops of lavender essential oil or essential oil(s) of choice
- Melt beeswax, cocoa, and shea butter in a double boiler.
- Stir in avocado oil, almond oil, and honey. Stir until liquid.
- Add honey and essential oil(s).
- Blend ingredients with a milk frother.
- When medium-thick consistency, pour into jars to set
FRUITALICIOUS LIP GLOSS (4-INGREDIENT WONDER)
Mix 1 package Kool-Aid with 1 teaspoon sugar. Add 1 teaspoon water and stir to dissolve. Add 1 Tablespoon coconut oil and stir till blended. Transfer to a small container and let set in the refrigerator.
Recipes above adapted from: stylecraze.com/articles/diy-lip-balm/#gref