Unlike our skin, our lips do not have oil and sweat glands to keep them moist and to add fuel to the fire, they are also thinner than the skin on our face, hence, our lips are more vulnerable to chapping and sun damage.
So it is important to care and protect our lips to keep our pout in the best condition!
Trust me, applying skin-saving concoctions and gulping down glasses of water is not enough. To maintain your smooth luscious lips, you’ll need to put in more effort.
We’ve come up with a list of lip hacks to help you pay more than just lip service to your dry lip woes. 😛
Now let’s step up our lip game with these easy measures!
Guess what I’m going to do with this tub of sugar. 😛
If you’ve guessed ‘exfoliate’… Well, spot on my friend!
Like our skin, exfoliating the lips can remove the dry, dead skin covering the soft lips underneath. Regular scrubs can keep your lips smooth, fresh and plump.
Create a sugar-based scrub by mixing sugar and olive oil, then gently massage your lips with the scrub. This will also help to increase the circulation of blood to your lips and make them look smooth and red.
Hydrate lips by applying a lip balm.
Well, not just any lip balm. As mentioned earlier, the skin on our lips are thinner so the sun can easily rob our lips of any spare moisture and eventually lead to photo-aging.
So remember to hydrate them with a lip balm that provides sun protection.
LJH’s Cellabel Lip Treatment SPF15 is my go-to sun protector for my lips. It contains natural ingredients and Vitamin E to keep my lips moisturised for hours after application while protecting it from awful sun rays or other environmental triggers like dry air and and cold winds.
Now that our lips are no longer dry and flaky, it’s time to dress them up!
We love our lipsticks but how do we make sure they stay put for hours?
First, layer your lips with lipstick. Then hold one ply of tissue against your lips and dust them with some loose powder. Finish off with another layer of lipstick. Repeat this at least 3 times and your lipstick will last a lifetime. 😛
URGH! Lip stains!
This is another common problem that lipstick wearers dread. So keep lip stains off teeth with…
4) The rolled tissue trick
Roll a tissue and put it in your mouth to create an O shape on your lips. Make sure there are no spaces between the tissue and your mouth. Thereafter, slide the tissue out of your mouth. This will remove lipstick on your inner lips that may potentially bleed and stain your teeth.
Create the illusion of lush and plump lips with the help of colourless lip gloss. They mask wrinkles effectively without bringing the attention away from the lip color.
My favorite is this white pearl gloss from Esyoro. It provides a beautiful shine while yummifying my lips with its sweet aroma.
Lastly, keep lips moist and supple with lip-friendly foods like fruits and vegetables. Avoid spicy and salty food that may inflame and damage our lips. Also, our thin lip skin do not handle the hot sensation from hot drinks and soups well so make sure your fluids are not piping hot when you consume them.
The rule of thumb is to treat your lips like you would your face and you should have kiss-ready lips in no time.
Now pucker up!
What lipstick should I use?
More lip hacks from the Honeyz Belles! Whee!
1. Use a lip tint to look like you have those plump, luscious lips by nature! Apply some on your lips and just blend it out with your finger (dab with a tissue if needed.)! We recommend Clio’s Gelpresso Glow Tint that is super pigmented yet easy to use as well.
3 steps: Mix, Rub & Wipe! MIX some Vaseline and a teaspoon of Cinnamon powder and proceed to RUB the magic all over the lips. The lips plump up due to the irritation of the spice but be careful not to over irritate them! Then, simply WIPE the mixture off to reveal gorgeous, plump puckers!
I’m fortunate enough to have escaped cracked or peeling lips problems, so I practically never attempted any special treatments for my lips. However, after doing some quick googling for the sake of writing this article, I realized some of my habits are contributing to my healthy lips!
I drink honey lemon regularly for my acne problem, and sometimes, I like to use the remaining honey from the spoon and smear it across my lips before drinking the sour drink. It was a “Just-For-Fun” weird practice I did occasionally and honey, being a great moisturizer also has healing and antibacterial properties to treat chapped lips.
*Suggested treatment for Chapped Lips
Simply apply pure organic honey on your chapped lips several times a day.
You can also make a paste of honey and glycerin and apply it before going to bed to enjoy softer lips in the morning.
– No Licking of Lips
I learnt this from a video I watched many many years ago, where Sonia Sui (Taiwan’s Top Model) shared some beauty tips of how she took care of her lips and limbs (If you don’t know, hands and legs are heavily insured!). She warned against licking of lips, an action many people often do unknowingly. I made a conscious effort not to do so after watching that video, and that help contribute to my healthy lips
-Gloss over Stick
Many people forget to remove their lipstick with makeup remover at the end of the day and this actually cause darkening of the lips over time. For me, I’ve been using lip gloss instead of lipstick, which is nourishing and convenient as well!
Brands I use:
Shu Umera (Gloss Unlimited) (2 years+)
Skin loving formula
• moisture complex for nourishment & protection
• botanical extract oil for moisture comfort
Do you have any tried and true lip solutions too? Let us know by commenting below! 😀
Founder of HoneyzCube.com & Lifestyle Consultant at ILoveBunny.net
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