Your lips should be sexy and kissable every day, but there’s more involved in lip care than simply wearing gorgeous lipsticks or tinted lip balms to make them look good. Keep your pout hydrated and beautiful for the ultimate radiance. Follow our tips below to prepare your lips leading up to the big day!
Get Rid of Dryness
Your lips can’t look radiant if they’re dry and flaky because they’ll reflect less light and look dull. Get rid of dead skin on your lips by exfoliating them. But be gentle. You just need a warm, wet face cloth and then gently move it around your lips in circular motions. The added bonus of exfoliation is that it creates a clean, soft canvas for your lipstick so it will look more luscious. Aim to exfoliate once a week, or twice a week if your lips are very flaky.
Lather on the Lip Balm
Once you’ve exfoliated your lips, you need to apply a moisturizing lip balm. This seals in the moisture and prevents your lips from drying out. Be smart about lip balm: choose one with nourishing ingredients such as coconut oil, Vitamin E and shea butter. Always wear lip balm before applying lipstick to prevent makeup from further drying out your lips.
Choose Lip Balm With SPF
Keeping your lips evenly toned is a must for radiance, and you can prevent discoloration (as well as wrinkles) on your lips by keeping them protected against the sun’s harmful UV rays. Make sure your lip balm contains at least SPF 15 and reapply it regularly if you are spending time outside.
Drink Lots of Water
When your lips are dehydrated, you end up licking them a lot to try to make them moist, but this just strips your lips of their natural oils and causes more dryness. Try to keep your lips hydrated all day by drinking lots of water – and stop licking your lips!
Now you have another really good reason to quit the nasty nicotine habit: smoking causes your lips to look bad. Smoking restricts blood flow to the lips, causing them to look darker, dry and it can also cause signs of ageing, such as lines and wrinkles.
Eat Vitamin E-Rich Foods
Foods high in Vitamin E are beneficial to your skin, including the skin on your lips, because this nutrient is nourishing and keeps skin super-soft. Vitamin E protects the body’s fatty acids in its cells, preventing free radical damage. So reach for these foods on a regular basis: sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach and fortified cereals. You can also topically apply Vitamin E to your lips by mixing together Vitamin E capsules with honey, beeswax and coconut oil. This DIY lip product soothes your skin and is great for treating chapped lips.
Eat Less Of These Lip Offenders
There are some foods you should avoid if you want to keep your lips hydrated and looking radiant. These include salty and spicy foods that dry out your skin, as well as citrus fruits. So skip the orange juice or grapefruit for breakfast for a while until your dry lips heal.
Start Using a Lip Brightening Product
A natural brightening product for your lips can really help to eliminate any discoloration and dark spots on your lips from sun exposure. Filled with natural exfoliating agents and natural oils, these lip boosters gives you a brighter, more evenly-toned pout. Use them regularly to maintain your lip radiance.
If you want gorgeous, bright lips, start following the above tips regularly and say goodbye to problems like dryness, flakiness and dullness. Here’s to a more kissable pout!