Follow This Lip Care Routine If You Constantly Deal with Dry Lips
Compared to the rest of our skincare regimen, lip care often seems like an afterthought. And yet, besides the fact that this area is nearly always exposed to all kinds of harsh weather—from direct sunlight to harsh winds—the skin on our lips is quite delicate, and requires lots of care and attention to help maintain its smooth exterior.
We all know how uncomfortable it is to have dry, cracked, or chapped lips—whether anyone is actually seeing that part of your face or not (shoutout to everyone donning their face masks!). Show your lips some extra love and care by following these three simple steps to a more plump pucker.
Step 1: ExfoliateJust like your face, your lips need to be exfoliated on a regular basis to slough away dead skin cells and reveal the smoother layers underneath. If you deal with lip hyperpigmentation (yes, that’s a thing), frequent exfoliation will also help even out your skin tone and fade any dark spots. We recommend forgoing purchasing a scrub and just DIYing your own from home, since you can find similar ingredients in your own kitchen (we like a mixture of brown sugar, honey, and coconut oil...it doesn’t taste half bad either). Use fingers, moving in a circular motion. Not in a crafty mood? A warm, damp washcloth or a soft toothbrush and then a swipe of toner—like Weekend Glow—across the lips will do the trick. Similar to your existing exfoliation routine, aim for once a week. Overdoing it can actually make your lip problems worse, so do so in moderation.
Step 2: MoisturizeNow that you’ve scrubbed away the topmost layer of your lips, infuse them with some hydration and moisture by following up with a few drops of hyaluronic acid topped off with lip oil. Here at Versed HQ, we prefer an oil over a balm because of its ultra-nourishing properties and the fact that oils absorb more slowly, meaning they last longer on your lips. Our Silk Slip Conditioning Lip Oil uses a blend of moisturizing ingredients (jojoba, camellia, sesame, and sunflower seed oils), plus the antioxidant-rich vitamin E to soothe and heal chapped lips. Lay it on extra thick at bedtime for more supple lips in the AM.
Step 3: ProtectSimilarly to your facial skincare regimen, protecting the skin’s barrier should be the last and final step in your routine to help prevent future damage. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, always wear SPF on your lips, and opt for non-toxic lipsticks and gloss, since many lip products contain harmful ingredients that can irritate or dry out the skin more.
Don’t forget to take care of your neck and chest, too! Check out our guide for some tips.