I don’t remember the last time I ever walked out of my house without an interesting lipstick caressing my pout. However, in wintry weather my lips tend to look more like arid land than quenched bliss. I remember walking around one Christmas Eve with red lipstick over my chapped lips. Needless to say, it was one of my worst Christmas looks EVER! Since then I’ve always invested in a little extra TLC for my lips during the season of chill.
And since it is the season of giving, here’s my routine to give you kiss-ready lips all through the season. Read on to know more about lip care in winter :
Out with the old and in with the new. That applies to dead skin too! While you add all those pricey body exfoliators and loofas to your cart for the winter, don’t forget that handy lip scrub. Simply add a spoonful of honey to powdered sugar and mix two drops of peppermint oil (Hello natural lip plumper!) to the blend. Dip an old soft toothbrush into this mix and rub it in tiny circles on the lips for a minute. Try and exfoliate every day in the winter to take off the dead skin so your lips look full of life. If you are not one to DIY, then the Juicy Chemistry Choco Mint Lip Scrub is all you need. So, set that morning reminder and scrub away.
The Pout Mask-erade
Mask it until you make it this winter. Be it hair masks, face masks or lip masks, there is nothing more pampering and indulgent that a boost of moisture during the drying winter cold. Merely using a scrub to take away the dead skin isn’t enough. Mix a spoonful of yogurt with Rosehip oil and honey and layer it onto your lips for fifteen minutes. The oil and honey give a boost of hydration to the lips while the lactic acid from the yogurt prevents premature aging. If all this mixing seems like a hassle, the MaskerAide Tell Me Pout It Hydrating Lip Mask is all you need to slap on to your lips to bring them back to life.
Befriend The Balm
Unlike the rest of your body, the skin on your lips doesn’t have the ability to moisturise itself. After you’ve taken all that effort to scrub the dead skin off, make sure you treat your lips to some good old moisture. I love making a little concoction of cocoa butter (one tablespoon), almond oil (one teaspoon) and two to three drops of vanilla for that Christmassy feel. Stay away from balms made of petroleum jelly as they merely create the illusion of moisturized, hydrated skin, all the while suffocating your pores. One super yummy lip balm that you should add to your winter lip kit is the Kama Ayurveda Vanilla Lip Balm. It not only smells divine but is super hydrating.
Banish That Gloom
Pigmented lips are a real nightmare. They change the color of your favourite lipsticks and can ruin your look. First up, stop licking your lips. It dries your lips out further and causes them to crack. For pigmented lips, rubbing a piece of papaya on the lips could help. Alternatively, dabbing apple cider vinegar on the lips twice a day can also help reduce the pigmentation. If these home remedies don’t work, simply add the Biotique Bio Fruit Whitening Lip Balm to your winter skincare regime. It is packed with rich in essential vitamins, nutrients and natural skin brighteners that will plump up that pout and leave you with flawless lips for the season.
Kiss Of Color And Hydration
Move over mattes and give in to creamy lipsticks for the winter. They supplement glossy, dewy skin well and don’t leave you with chapped lips. But if like me, you simply cannot live without matte formulas then pick one that doesn’t dry out your lips out. Another trick is to massage lip balm onto the lips before you apply a matte liquid lipstick. I usually pick the Nykaa Matte To Last! Liquid Lipstick or when I feel like I need a little extravagance in my life I swipe on one of my Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick’s and both last all day long.