YOUR LIPS SURE TAKE A BEATING WHEN THE SUN SHINES
Sun exposure and heat can cause lips to suffer and shrivel, but relief is on the way!
PUCKER PROTECTION – Lips are extremely susceptible to sunburn because they don’t have melanin which can help protect skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. High SPF is important as lips are also in danger of skin cancers. Apply a sun-protective lip product daily and carry it with you to reapply throughout the day. BANANA BOAT SPF45 Aloe Vera with Vitamin E is one of the cheap and cheerful lip savers you can pick up at any drugstore.
HYDRATE 24/7 – Look for hydrating ingredients like beeswax, shea butter, vitamin E, almond, jojoba or coconut oils. Vaseline Petroleum Jelly works well and Rosebud Perfume Company Strawberry Lip Balm is becoming a cult favorite. Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss adds a touch of color to a rich gloss in a tube.
MEDICATED BALMS – If you have sensitive skin, avoid overdoing camphor-based medicated lip balms which can be irritating. The old classic Carmex still comes in the original yellow pot, but has been updated to include tubes and sticks in flavors like Cherry, Strawberry and Mint. It contains camphor, menthol and phenol to tingle, cool and soothe.
DEAD SKIN SLOUGH– Lip exfoliators slough off dead surface skin cells. Use once weekly to keep lips smooth and soft. Try Sephora Tricks of the Trade Lip Peel to transform your lips back into great shape.
PUT MATTE ON HOLD – Some matte lipsticks can be extremely drying to your lips and make you look old, so don’t use them every day, especially when your lips are very chapped. Choose hydrating formulas that contain vitamin E and emollients like glycerin or shea butter. You can also add a layer of moisturizing lip balm under lipstick or finish with a moisturizing gloss over your lipstick. Opaque lipsticks will offer more coverage and protection than sheer glosses generally. Go for Dior Addict High Shine Lipstick extra long lasting with stay on your lips shine in soft, pretty shades.
STOP LICKING – Licking your lips damages the protective barrier because your salive contains digestive enzymes that can break it down and thus, can dry your lips out. Apply a dab of lip balm like the luxurious La Mer The Lip Balm while you sleep too to keep lips hydrated and train yourself not to over lick. Origins Soothing Lip Balm is loaded with shea butter, cocoa butter, sunflower, safflower, and smells like vanilla.
PEELING LIPS – Lips that constantly peel could be the sign of an allergic reaction. If you have just tried out a new lipstick or toothpaste, that could be the culprit so stop using it ASAP. Even food, drinks and medications can cause lips to peel. For example the powerhouse acne drug Accutane can severely dry out lips and mucous membranes. If your lips are red, irritated, or break out in a rash, try a mild topical hydrocortisone cream from the pharmacy.
LIP LINES – Those fine feathered lines that cause lipstick bleed can be the result of sun exposure, aging and smoking, as well as overactive muscles around the mouth. These fine wrinkles can be treated like wrinkles that show up anywhere else on your face. Look for anti-aging ingredients like retinol. One of our favorites is SKINMEDICA TNS Lip Plump System that spackles over fine lines and has a dual action for lip texture, fullness and age reversal.