Looking for a new lip balm has opened a can of worms! Fully aware of the fact that there is a skincare regime for every part of your body and a multitude of products to use, I learn now that lip care has become its own mini-routine.
Hunting around the online beauty stores there is a virtual sea of lip care products. Do we really need special products for our hands, neck, eyes and lips?
Ok, let’s look at the facts about lips. Lips don’t have any ability to self-care as not only is the skin thinner than that around it, it doesn’t have any oil or sweat glands to moisturise. Add saliva’s drying effect, wind, central heating, and all the other environmental effects I guess it’s not surprising our pout needs TLC beyond a chapstick when we feel the need.
I don’t have full plump lips like Ms. Jolie, and this is not an issue to me. The fact there is that without fillers, plumping products are short lasting if they work at all. Seeing friends try so many ways to achieve fuller lips I don’t put much weight in the promises of lotions and potions to get the ongoing current look.
However, I do want lips that are smooth, healthy and don’t show the effects of aging for as long as my genetics allow. So back to the questions…. Do we really need special products?
I don’t think the first question now is about the product. We all have many beauty products we could multi-task with, but how many of us actually focus on these areas. Its common not to fully treat our skin around the hairline (we don’t want to get the product on our hair do we!). For this reason, I think the first step is to actually spend time on the key aging areas like we do with our eye area.
The specialty products themselves and not essential as the steps are really the same as for the rest of your face. Clean, Treat and Protect. When we buy products, there is a large element of how they make us feel. Putting some expensive cream on our face feels good, even if the promise of youthful skin isn’t the true reality. With this in mind here are some product ideas for 3 steps to kissable lips.
Step 1. Clean away colour, clean away dry flaky skin
Already have a cleansing balm, lotion or water? Most lip colours won’t compete too much with a great make-up remover or cleanser.
If you tend to wear highly pigmented Urban Decay’s Meltdown Makeup Remover Lip Oil Stick can break down the most stubborn makeup. Can also be used as an overnight treatment and daily lip balm.
If your lips are dry and flaky, targeted exfoliating is essential. As the skin is delicate try to avoid supercharged large particle scrubs.
Lancer has a great kit for lips. The polish I have been using on my face for a while and will concentrate effort on my lips from now on. The kit also has a serum, which will help the condition and fight the lines of aging.
Pixi Cosmetics Nourishing Lip Polish gentle enough to use when your lips are sore but still need treating.
E.L.F cosmetics Lip Scrub Exfoliator Clear is the best budget range product. At £4.50 it’s cheaper than many lip balms on the market.
Sold exclusively at Superdrug (currently in the 3 for 2 promotions).
Step 2. Use a targeting treatment for the signs of aging
Using an overnight treatment can certainly help as its the time when our lip area is exposed to the least external effects.Target the feather lines and extend all around the mouth area.
Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment Selling at John Lewis for £47.50
Being a bit of a Murad lover, I have to metion the Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion for lips. Its ingredients plump out fine lines reducing their visability.
Peter Roth Un Wrinkle Volumizing Lip Treatment is another great product to use day and night to rid the signs of lines.
3. Protect against colour staining & environmental effects
Cuticle oils are much more effective than creams as can penetrate deeper. Using a lip oil rather than a balm is a much lighter and glossier alternative that will give results.
Espa has a yummy lip protecting treatment that you can put on all day as required. Buy for £20.00 at Beauty Expert
Fresh Sugar has a lovely range of products, and for a balm, with a flush of colour this would be a nice gift for yourself.
Find at John Lewis for £19.50 and check out the whole range of beautiful self-indulgent treats.
If you’re going to wear lip colour, prime for perfect crease free application and protection against staining. You can use your usual make-up primer or try one I can recommend Daniel Sandler’s Solky Skin Pro-Finish Face Primer.
Great multi-use product from Beauty Expert £20.50
Whether you invest or use your current products, I hope that this helped you find solutions to fight the battle of time.
If you have any suggestions of tried and tested products, please share as we would all love to hear about them.
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