Lip Treatment For Smoother Lips That Glow
Smooth, glowing and hydrated lips are what every girl wants, right? But with the wide range of lip treatments and oils available on the market today, how do you choose which one works best for you? Lips are often neglected but can be a make or break factor when it comes to an appearance. Especially during the cold winter months, I’m sure everyone has fallen victim to dry, cracked, chapped lips at some point in their lives. So if you’re wondering how to get amazingly smooth, hydrated and glowing lips, read on. I’ll share some lip care tips for gorgeous, kissable lips all year round. Or click here to skip ahead to see some of the holy grail of lip products to keep your lips soft and smooth.
Exfoliation is key
Exfoliating your lips before applying a lip treatment or oil is the first step. This will help remove all the dead skin cells and dirt, allowing the treatment and oil to get to work better. People often neglect this step but it is super important to achieve smoother and better-looking lips. Exfoliating your lips with a sugar scrub before applying a lip treatment will ensure that it doesn’t build up on the surface of your lips. Sugar scrubs are an inexpensive, easy and effective way to exfoliate. You can also use honey as an alternative. Honey is an effective natural exfoliant that helps take away any stubborn dirt or makeup from your lips. It is especially important to exfoliate your lips before applying lipstick. This will prevent the color from adhering to any dry, flaky skin that may be present. Just be mindful as to not over-exfoliate
Eat healthy and regularly and hydrate often
Eating a healthy and balanced diet is one of the best ways to achieve healthy and glowing lips. You can also consume essential fatty acids, especially Omega 3s, which help in collagen production for moisturized and nourished skin. Cracked and chapped lips can also be a sign of a nutritional deficiency so be sure to check with your doctor. Make sure you are staying hydrated throughout the day by drinking plenty of water. The first sign of dehydration is often dry lips.
Apply raw honey before bed
After a day of wearing lip gloss or lipstick, it is important to remove the residue from the surface of your lips. Therefore, you should never apply any oil or balm on lip makeup. Instead, use a cotton ball soaked in raw honey and gently wipe off any product on your lips. This will help remove excess oils and prevent your lips from getting dry. This also helps prevent product build up on your lips. Another effective tip is to apply raw honey before bedtime. This helps soothe dry lips and gives them a natural glow overnight.
Apply a castor oil based mask before treatment
Castor oil is a natural emollient that is rich in vitamin E and omega-6 fatty acids. It also has antiseptic properties which help provide relief from irritation and inflammation. Apply a castor oil-based mask at least 15 minutes before applying any lip treatment to create an exfoliating effect which will make your lips smoother.
Protect your lips from the elements
Your lips are one area of your body that is constantly exposed to the environment. So be it cold winters, or the summer sun, your lips are extremely vulnerable. This means you need to be careful and make sure that you are taking proper care of your lips with lip balms and lip treatments. Use caution with lip products that contain humectants, such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid, which can actually pull moisture from the lips, leaving them dryer than before if there is low humidity in the atmosphere.
Always have a good base before applying color
Apply a moisturizing lip balm with spf or lip treatment before applying any lip color so that it doesn’t chip off or crack after application. I think since I started using this one, I finally don’t have chapped lips for the first time in my life (haha). You can even combine lip balm with the color you are wearing. This will make sure your lips are not dry or irritated when you start applying the color. Apply it lightly. Applying makeup in a thin layer is best for ensuring that it doesn’t clog the pores of your lips. Prime your lips with a lip primer to prevent lipstick from feathering and settling into lines around the mouth, not to mention they also keep the color locked in place all day long.
Skip the liquid lipstick
If you’re looking for a product that will give you a long-lasting and intense color, liquid lipsticks make for an excellent choice. They glide on easily and stay put for multiple hours. But unfortunately, liquid lipsticks often don’t offer much moisture. Because of this, they end up drying out your lips, leaving your lips with cracks and your color flaking off. Instead, try going for a creamier lipstick that is a little bit pigmented but doesn’t dry out your lips. Only downside, these often require reapplication more often.
Here are some of my favorite lip products
I am prone to chapped and dry lips. If you’re like me, you constantly find yourself biting and licking your lips. And you’re fed up with your lips feeling rough. I’ve been biting my lips since the beginning of time. I was finally ready for smooth, soft, lips so I decided to get creative, be consistent, and start experimenting with different ways to help get rid of that irritating feeling. These are some of my favorite products I found to heal my lips and keep them soft and supple.
- Nu Skin Lip Plumper – This one is hands down my favorite product. I started using this one consistently and I swear it made my lips soft and moist within 2 days. It’s so soft and creamy. I can’t leave my house without this one. I have one in my car, in my purse, in my work bag lol It’s super moisturizing and soft but not too thick or tacky like some of the sleeping masks. It also doesn’t have the burning/tingling sensation most lip plumpers have. This is the first time I think ever that I don’t have that chapped, stringy feeling on my lips.
- Sunright Lip Balm 15 – Long-lasting formula glides on, protecting and moisturizing your lips. Apply it to your lips for sun and environmental protection. Contains spf 15 and supplements collagen and elastin for supple lips.
- Tatcha the Kissu Sleep Mask – I really like this one for an overnight moisturizing sleep mask but I find it is on the thicker side. I don’t always like super thick glosses or balms on my lips during the day but I do like this product when I’m doing a whole skincare routine or “self care” night. It also comes with the cutest little gold applicator. Bonus that it’s on the “clean list” due to its ingredients.
- LANEIGE – Water Sleeping Mask with Squalane- Similar to the Tatcha, this is one of the thicker sleeping masks. It contains squalane, which mimics the skin’s natural lipids and a probiotic-derived complex to add a hydrated glow and support the skin’s moisture barrier. I find it works for a short while, but I end up feeling dryer after some time. It also did not come with an applicator so you will have to rub it on your lips with your finger so I wouldn’t use this one when I’m out and about.
- I haven’t tried this intense hydration with vitamin c mask, but I’d be curious to try. The vitamin c helps fight off environment stressors and the Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, and Murumuru Seed Butter help nourish the lips and and lock in moisture.
- Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm – I received a sample of one of these from Sephora and really liked it. I haven’t purchased a full size but it also contains shea and murumuru seed butters to help smooth, treat, and condition dehydrated lips. The flavor profile is made up of natural vanilla and brown sugar, making it taste like a treat.
- Biossance Squalane and Rose Vegan Lip Balm – I LOVE Biossance products. I started using this product when it came in the pot. I’m not sure if they changed the formula once they changed the packaging to a squeeze tube, but I find it has a slightly odd taste. Still good, but no longer my go to.
- Whish Vanilla Bean Lip Scrub – A friend gave me this so I decided to try it. I usually don’t love lip scrubs. I just don’t use them often. I love using this one to help exfoliate my skin. Bonus that it tastes like warm vanilla and sugar. Contains shea butter, vitamin e extract, avocado oil, and aloe to help exfoliate your lips. Also considered a clean product.
- EltaMD UV Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 36 – moisturizing lip sunscreen that soothes and protects dry, chapped, sun exposed lips. Provides UVA/UVB and free radical protection
- Aquaphor Lip Repair Stick SPF 30 – contains vitamins and shea butter and provides immediate relief for dry, chapped lips
It can be hard to treat cracked lips, but if you are constantly wondering how you can get amazingly luscious lips, try incorporating some of these tips or products into your skincare routine. Get creative and start experimenting with some of these tips and tricks to get gorgeous lips all the time.