Pucker up – Show some love to your lips!
We use them to smile, eat and express our innermost thoughts and feelings, but how often do you pay attention to your lips? Only when they’re all dried up, peeling or worse, bleeding from itchy fingers peeling the dried skin off, we’re betting.
Rather than risk getting dry, wrinkly lips that adds decades to our years, it’s about time we start treating our smackers right. The skin on our lips is 100 times more sensitive than our fingertips, and don’t have any sweat glands, which explains why they dry up so quickly even in hot weather. Thanks to lifestyle habits such as being in air-conditioning for the better part of the day, drinking coffee or alcohol, or smoking, you can hardly blame them for not staying in prime silky soft condition.
The saving grace is that there are so many ways and products out in the market, and even DIY home remedies. Sugar and coconut oil are good ingredients for making your own lip buff at home when you need to get naturally soft and smooth lips in a jiffy.
If you’re not a fan of lipsticks, get a multi-tasking product that protects and prettifies, such as a lip balm. Our lips inevitably shrink and get wrinkly with age. Yet if they’re maintained well, they can help you project an air of effortless confidence, not to mention a youthful vibe.
Quick Ways to Get Irresistible Lips
To make your lips look poutier, use a lip liner in a darker tone than your lipsticks to line your lips, before applying your lipstick and dabbing a bit of highlighter on the cupid bow. Laura Mercier Face Illuminator is pretty good, says makeup artist and TFCS Makeup Mentor Ginger Lynette Leong. Another way is to apply regular concealer on your lips before colouring them, and finish with a gloss, such as Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy Juicy Color Plumping Gloss.
It’s probably the most actively used part of our bodies, so it definitely deserves your utmost loving care. Sit up, and pay attention to how you can turn flaky lips into fabulous kissers!
1. Quit licking, and drink up
If you’re used to grabbing a bottle of mineral water from the supermart, invest in an insulated water bottle, and sip water throughout the day. Staying adequately hydrated (some websites recommend at least 8-9 cups of fluids daily) will keep your body, skin and lips hydrated. And stop licking your lips when they’re dry, as you’re also striping your skin of its natural oils.
2. Buff and shine
Date nights are certainly a good motivator to get your puckers kissable, but as a rule, you should exfoliate your lips even before they start getting dry and flaky. A yummy scrub such as Fresh’s Sugar Lip Polish, $36, contains brown sugar crystals, shea butter, and jojoba oil to gently and instantly buff flakey skin away.
3. Shield your lips
It’s not just our face or body that needs sun protection. Lips are prone to sunburn as they lack melanin, which helps to protect your skin from the sun. Start a habit of applying lip care daily, such as The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Lip Care with SPF 15, $10.90. Formulated with vitamin E, coconut and olive oils, it protects your lips’ delicate skin against harsh weather conditions. Or try using a lip mask, such as Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask, $27, which works overnight to help your lips recover from the day’s stressors with berry extracts, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid.
4. Consider crayons, instead of (matte) sticks
Matte lipsticks look gorgeous on beauty spreads, but in reality, those can be pretty tough on already dry lips. Give moisturising lip crayons a go instead, such as Tarte’s Tarteist Lip Crayon in Magic Wand, a 2-in-1 creamy lip colour that gives you a healthy luscious pout, thanks to the Tarteist™ creamy matte lip paint infused with vitamin E. Available in 10 versatile shades.