I do sometimes indulge at what else the beauty industry have to offer for problems that could easily be taken care of with a simple balm but with oils, lip scrubs, treatments and multi-purpose balms, it’s hard not to venture out and see what’s going on in the lip department. Suddenly, there are promises everywhere claiming to remove the dry flakes from lips that can ruin the look of any lipstick, hydrate and simply smooth the look of your lips. It’s true that dry and flakey lips are a problem, something I’m too familiar with, no matter how much balm I can throw on them. Looking into different products, I’ve listed below of how to keep your lips smooth & hydrated through winter.
My usual method is to use a damp towel and lightly rub it across my lips and although it works like a treat, it doesn’t add anything to my lips in regards to ingredients that focuses on fixing the problem. This is where lip scrubs come in and my personal favourite is still the little pot I grabbed from Primark all those months ago but now it’s back to winter lips, I’ve been looking for a similar one. The E.L.F Lip Exfoliator (£4.50), comes in the shape of a lipstick and works the same way – except this on you have to remove. Simply rub it in and remove with a wet cotton bud. With six flavours to choose from, each scrub is packed with essential oils such as avocado and jojoba to allow easy removal of dead skin whilst hydrating the new skin underneath.
Once lips are all scrubbed and clean, I go in with a lip mask purely because it’s fun and again it’s drenched in essential oils. I’ve been obsessed with the Sephora Lip Mask (£7.50) and although you kind of feel like an idiot and hope no one knocks on the door whilst you’re masking, it does leave your lips extremely hydrated and smooth. Now of course you’re not going to able to pick this up unless you’re lucky enough to visit anywhere other than the UK so my alternative would be the STARSKIN DREAMKISS Plumping and Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Lip Mask (£8.50) as it plumps, hydrates and nourishes the lips with ingredients such as honey and safflower seed oil.
For the finishing touches, I use my multi-purpose balm; Aldi Lacura Miracle Cream (£3.99, available in selected stores), recent review here, that’s main focus is prepping and nourishing the lips to leave you with smooth and hydrated skin. The Elizabeth Arden dupe is something I use weekly to keep my lips in good shape and to set them in place and to get more nourishment I use the Oils Of Heaven Organic Argan Moisture Retention Face Oil (£9.50) and although it claims to be for your face, I also use this on my lips too. It’s packed with omega fatty acids, vitamin E, and linoleic acids, all of which work to lightly moisturize your skin and soften dry patches and your lips are no different!