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Kiss Dry & Dark Lips Goodbye With This Lip Care Routine

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We don’t believe in gatekeeping our secrets to healthy, naturally glowing lips. Read along as we uncover the best lip care routine with affordable recommendations.
Kiss Dry & Dark Lips Goodbye With This Lip Care Routine

Whether you’re a full glam girl or prefer a no-makeup makeup look, there is one item that is common in everyone’s vanity – lipstick. But what good is lipstick if you have dry, cracked, or chapped lips? Even the best lipstick can’t hide your underlying issues. For optimal lip health, follow a comprehensive lip care routine for a fuller, healthier pout.

Why Is Lip Care Important?

According to research, unlike the skin on other parts of the body, the skin on your lips is thinner and doesn’t have hair, oil, or sweat glands. This suggests that lips have a weak barrier and poor moisture-retaining capacity, making them more prone to dryness as compared to other parts of the body. This also means our lips are directly exposed to environmental stressors without possessing the ability to rejuvenate themselves. Your pout needs a routine of its own to sustain a soft, smooth canvas for lip makeup.

Benefits Of Lip Care

Just like we prep our skin before applying makeup, our lips also need some pampering before we daub on our favourite shades – even if you are a non-makeup makeup girlie, lipstick is something you can’t skip! So, how are we okay skipping lip care?

The benefits of lip care extend beyond prepping them for lip makeup. A comprehensive lip care routine helps protect your lips from chapping and cracking, and if not taken care of in time, it can lead to bleeding and cause irreparable damage.

A Step-By-Step Routine For Lip Care

Follow these five simple steps – with our affordable recommendations – for a luscious, supple pout.

Cleanse

Just like you cleanse your face and neck before nourishing and prepping for a day of full-face makeup, or before hitting the hay, you need to start by cleansing your lips. Opt for a water-based cleanser, oil-based cleanser, or a cleansing balm to remove makeup or any residue on your pucker.

Water-based Cleanser

Nykaa Recommends:

Maybelline New York Eye+Lip Make Up Remover
Maybelline New York Eye+Lip Make Up Remover
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For just INR 150, this water-based cleanser from Maybelline is the best of both worlds, it is offered by one of the pioneers of the makeup industry, yet is very accessible.

Cleansing Balm

Nykaa Recommends:

 Plum E-Luminence Simply Supple Cleansing Balm
Plum E-Luminence Simply Supple Cleansing Balm
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Made with kokum butter, sunflower seed oil, and shea butter this cleansing balm from Plum deeply hydrates and removes all impurities from the skin.

Exfoliate

Instead of picking or biting your lips to remove dead skin cells, use a lip scrub. It won’t tear your lips and will exfoliate them from within to bring out a firm yet soft feel. If you have very dry lips, you can scrub once a week, whereas, if your lips are generally softer, exfoliating them once or twice a month will be sufficient.

Nykaa Recommends:

MCaffeine Coffee Lip Scrub for Chapped & Pigmented Lips
MCaffeine Coffee Lip Scrub for Chapped & Pigmented Lips
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This natural, vegan, and beeswax-free formula is made with ingredients that our grannies use to whip up a good homemade scrub – coffee, natural cane sugar, and coconut oil. It exfoliates, reduces pigmentation, and cures chapped lips after every use.

Hydrate

Hydrating your lips is the most crucial step in your lip care routine. From lip balms and jellies to lip oils and serums, there are a plethora of options to add moisture to your lips – further locking it in to avoid dryness and cracks. Depending on your skin type, you can choose from our top picks.

Lip Balms

Nykaa Recommends:

MCaffeine Coffee Lip Scrub for Chapped & Pigmented Lips
MCaffeine Coffee Lip Scrub for Chapped & Pigmented Lips
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This lip balm not only hydrates but also protects your lips from UV rays. Our lips are the most uncared for when it comes to protection from the sun, and this lip balm takes care of just that. Formulated with vitamins C and E, kojic acid, pomegranate oil, and avocado oil, this lip moisturising balm enhances softness by 90%.

Lip Jelly

Nykaa Recommends:

When it comes to petroleum jelly, we know who the OG is – Vaseline has been in vanities for decades now, serving soft lips every time. This beloved brand also has flavoured lip tints to keep up with the lip-balm-obsessed Gen-Z army, and we are all for it!

Lip Oil

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This lip oil is perfect for stepping out with a no-makeup-but-still-want-to-rock-a-puckered look. A transparent lip elixir that is bound to give you long-lasting hydration and an undeniable sheen.

Lip Serum

Nykaa Recommends:

 Pilgrim Squalane Bubblegum Lip Serum
Pilgrim Squalane Bubblegum Lip Serum
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Enriched with the goodness of squalane, pomegranate extract, and shea butter, this lip serum soothes and hydrates dry, and chapped lips, making your lips look visibly plump.

Mask

The best way to hydrate your lips overnight is through a lip mask. It works its magic while you enjoy your beauty sleep. You can also use a lip mask during the day, but ideally let the environmental stressors, food, drinks, and lip licking and biting put a damper on the efficacy of the product.

Nykaa Recommends:

  Dot & Key Vitamin C + E Lip Plumping Mask
Dot & Key Vitamin C + E Lip Plumping Mask
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97% of users experienced smooth and moisturised lips overnight with this lip-pumping mask made with lingonberry, hyaluronic acid, shea butter, and vitamins C and E. You can also use this during the day, on its own or with some lip balm for added benefits.

Repeat

Take care of your lips regularly to achieve a naturally plump pucker. If maintaining a weekly routine gets too hectic because of the sheer number of products, we have a solution for that.

Nykaa Recommends:

Earth Rhythm Lippie Stack Box Of 4
Earth Rhythm Lippie Stack Box Of 4
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The convenient and easy-to-carry Earth Rhythm Lippie Stack Box of 4 contains a lip balm, lip mask, lip serum, and lip scrub that will keep your lips hydrated, soft, and supple.

Lip Care Tips

Here are a few tips for you to be mindful of your lip health.

- Don’t lick your lips

When lips get dry, we tend to lick our lips for hydration. However, according to a study, chronic lip-licking damages the skin barrier, leading to consequent dryness, cracking, bleeding, and peeling of the lips.

- Use nourishing lip makeup

Your nourishing lip care routine needs caring lip makeup. Choose lipsticks, lip stains, lip tints, or a lip gloss that doesn’t dry out your lips and is long-lasting and transfer-proof.

Nykaa Recommends:

Manish Malhotra Beauty By MyGlamm Soft Matte Lipstick
Manish Malhotra Beauty By MyGlamm Soft Matte Lipstick
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- Drink plenty of water

A hydrated body = healthy lips.

FAQs

1. Do my lips need SPF?

Yes, just like the skin on other parts of the body, your lips need SPF, too. The skin on the lips is thinner and more delicate than on other parts of the body, making it more prone to sun damage and pigmentation.

2. Why do lips become dark?

Lips can become dark due to various reasons, such as sun exposure, smoking, dehydration, overuse of lip makeup, sleeping without cleansing, etc.

3. How to lighten your lips?

Cleanse thoroughly, exfoliate occasionally, hydrate regularly, and protect frequently.

4. What is the difference between lip balm, lip oil, lip serum, and lip gel?

Lip balm, lip oil, lip serum, and lip gel all hydrate your lips despite being different in texture, moisture retention, and ingredients. If you have normal lips, opt for a balm or gel, and if you have dry lips, pick a nourishing oil or serum.

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