There’s just something about this cold air that soars my lips into a perpetual state of severe dryness no matter how well I take care of them. Winter can be a brutal time of the year for your lips, add that on to the fact that you lose moisture 10x faster through your lips than anywhere else on your body just on the everyday and bam, you have the perfect recipe for an unrelenting dry lip crisis. While having healthy, luscious lips during Winter may be a dream come true for many, there are a few steps you can take and products you can use to help maintain the moisture levels of the lips. Since this cycle repeats itself every single year, I am always tweaking and improving my season lip care routines because not many things are worse than dry, cracked lips especially if you wear some sort of lip color on the daily. Below, I am walking you through my current Fall/Winter lip care routine that has done a good job so far of transforming my parched pucker.
Step 1: Exfoliate
Just like the face and body, lips collect a buildup of dead skin cells like other areas of the skin and in order to reveal healthy, smooth and lush-looking lips, these dead skin cells need proper removing of as well. While I don’t exactly have a staple lip scrub, not too long ago I fell in love with the Bite Beauty Agave Sugar Lip Scrub. The Agave Sugar Lip Scrub is a triple-action, foaming lip scrub that’s infused with exotic oils, brown sugar, and pineapple enzymes. It cleanses and gently exfoliates, while the agave syrup moisturizes and conditions your lips. To reap the ultra healing and moisturizing properties, as well as the actual exfoliation part, massage the Agave Sugar Lip Scrub over the lips and add water to create a milky foam to wash away any dry patches. Then, let the oils to soak into the skin overnight for soft, hydrated lips. I like that it’s not as stiff as many scrubs tend to sometimes be. This one is very goopy so it’s easy to get product out of the jar and distribute around the lips. I also feel like its hydrating my lips as I scrub. It washes off nice without leaving an oily or greasy film and makes my lips feel super smooth and moisturized. Like most Bite Beauty products, this stuff smells amazing – kind of like vanilla but not that overly sickly sweet type of vanilla.
Step 2: Soothe
To calm down the uncomfortable burning sensation I personally suffer from the most this time of year, I soothe my lips with a used teabag. Tea contains antioxidant polyphenols that help repair damaged skin cells and speed up cell renewal. While virtually any tea bag variety will work for this, I prefer and suggest using a green tea option instead. Green tea contains tannins which is the organic astringent that instantly restores moisture and heals chapped lips. Simply place teabag in hot water and let it steep. Remove teabag then let it cool. Press it against your lips for 30 seconds to 1 minute, and repeat this process 3-5 x per week or as needed.
Step 3: Mask
As much as I am a self-confessed sheet mask junkie, masking my lips in the Fall and Winter calls for something a little more deep conditioning. I love to use the Kopari Coconut Melt for this step by lightly massaging the coconut oil into my lips and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes before gently wiping it off with a warm, damp cloth. The richness of the oil instantly replenishes moisture and it feels incredibly soothing if you have irritated lips. To me, the Kopari Coconut Melt is an amazing all-purpose, oil-based salve that is super versatile and can be used literally from head to toe.
Step 4: Overnight Treatment
Regardless of the season, I never go to sleep without applying the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask. At night, the lips require some form of heavy duty moisturizing to help them recover and regenerate. Applying a deep-hydrating treatment at night allows the lips to fully absorb the product while sleeping. The Agave Lip Mask is ultra hydrating and plumps the lips. Consistency is a little bit on the thick side but with dabbing of the ring finger all over to disperse product solves that issue. The formula itself is really effective, almost instantly healing dry and chapped lips while it also naturally plumps the lips without any irritation.
To double up on the moisturizing factor as well as anti-aging factor, once I start to feel that the Agave Lip Mask is becoming tacky, I will go in with a subtle layer of the Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment. This ultra-hydrating lip treatment corrects and conditions lips for a smooth, youthful-looking finish and is scientifically proven to repair the lips – significantly boosting moisture, enhancing volume, and improving the definition of the lip area. It has a general thin consistency that genuinely moisturizes your lips. The combination of these two lip treatments provides me with lips that look and feel incredibly healthy, super soft, smooth and not to mentioned conditioned and hydrated.
Step 5: Moisture
Lip balm is one of those things that is a must-have in every beauty junkie’s (makeup) bag. However, choosing the right formula can hold deeply personal significance and identifying what kind of pout-perfector fits your needs the best to remedy the situation is paramount to actual results. While most lip balms make the same type of claims, not all of them are created equal. For most of the year I rotate between a multitude of balms since my lips are not as affected by the weather as much as they are right now and I can play fast and loose with various formulas. During the Fall and Winter, however, I prefer balms that are almost salve or ointment- like and a little thicker in both consistency and texture since it’s the only element that keeps them hydrated and comfortable the longest.
- Tatcha Camellia Gold Spun Lip Balm ($30 / 0.21 oz – 6 g) – is an intensely hydrating lip balm that absorbs quickly and smoothly, leaving lips soft and supple. The nourishing formula is rich in camellia oil and squalane and is powered by powerful antioxidants that fixes parched lips like it’s no big deal. It has a nice lightweight texture that absorbs quickly into the lips and keeps them in pristine condition for a very long time. This balm is infused with 23-karat gold flakes and is supposed to deposit a touch of golden shimmer – however, it’s pretty much just a clear balm and you can barely notice the gold flecks.
- Kari Gran Naked Lip Whip ($16 / 0.25 oz) – is one of the most hydrating and gentle lip treatments for a pout even in the worst conditions. It’s got a minty scent but is pretty light and I find it kind of pleasant. The balm is super smooth and emollient but has the right amount of texture and creaminess. After application, I say give it about 20-30 minutes and all product will be completely absorbed into the lips as opposed to simply sitting on top of the lips. Plus, it’s very long-lasting if your lips are in a normal to mildly irritating state – if they are in utter distress then you may have to apply this every hour or so until they are healed. This is a standalone deep hydration treatment but can also be used as a glossy finish over any lip product. It’s an eco-luxe lip balm with organic, non-GMO and wild harvested ingredients that is cruelty-free and is formulated without gluten and petroleum.
That wraps up my current Winter lip care routine. My lips have a tendency to become very dry real quickly especially during this season so keeping them hydrated and healthy is paramount in my everyday routine. While methods or techniques remain the same, the lineup of products may change often depending on what I feel my lips need or feel like.
Of course I’d love to hear if you have any specific lip care favorites or if you have any remedies that I could try out!