Lip Tips – The Best Ways to Achieve Healthy, Beautiful Lips + Amazing Lip Products

We already invest quite a bit of time, effort, and funds into the care of our body, hair, and face, but lips are sometimes a forgotten element. One of the most common lip mistakes is simply ignoring them during skincare routines, like cleansing, moisturizing, and protecting. This can be especially harmful during winter months when dry, cold air and low humidity indoors dehydrate skin. 

Following a targeted skincare routine for lips will help achieve and maintain healthy lips and prevent chronic dryness – it can be the best way to get healthy, beautiful lips.


How to Address Chronic Dry Lips

Lip care and nourishment should come before any cosmetics are applied, just as you would with other skincare routines. Applying beauty product to chapped lips won’t last and can contribute to ongoing dryness.

Always make sure lips are smooth prior to application. Just as you exfoliate the skin on your body, face, and scalp, it is essential to treat your lips the same by regularly removing dead skin cells.

A scrub formulated especially for lips, such as iS Clinical Lip Polish, will slough off dead skin and promote the renewal of cells. Lip exfoliation is best done about 2-3 times per week, allowing your body time to replenish between uses. A lip tool or brush may also be gently used in place of formula, usually no more than once per week.

Professionally applied chemical exfoliants in lip peels are also great for removing dull skin. Like a serum, a professionally applied lip peel with glycolic or lactic acid will dissolve dead skin cells.

No matter which method you choose to use when exfoliating lips, remember to begin this practice gently to avoid irritating the delicate lips.


Find Your Best Lip Hydration

Best practices like drinking plenty of water and using a humidifier indoors during cold, dry months are important for maintaining hydrated skin and lips, as moisture can be drawn away from those areas.

There are many great hydrators available to help promote moisturized lips. Lip balms, butters, creams, and oils are all effective. Reapplying your preferred formula throughout the day is ideal to help retain moisture. 

For evening, using a lip hydrating and conditioning serum with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E like iS Clinical Youth Lip Elixir. This skin care product is a great way to boost moisture and can be layered beneath other products. 

A thick lip cream or a sleeping mask applied at bedtime can also help to deliver intense moisture while you sleep, so you awake to smooth, supple lips.


Protect Your Moisturized Lips

Good habits and protection can help maintain healthy lips. Avoid licking, biting, and picking at your lips, which can cause dryness and inflammation. Keeping unnecessary items away from your lip area (ink pens, paperclips, fingers, etc.) can also prevent irritation and acne. 

One of the most damaging elements we experience for our skin, including our lips, comes from the sun. And because many chap sticks and lipsticks do not carry the proper protectants, we can often forget to apply an intensive UV protective balm before spending time outdoors.

Protect your lips from external exposure by applying an SPF of 30 or higher when you will be outside (even on cloudy days). EltaMD UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 36 is a creamy formula that deeply moisturizes while defending against dryness, flakiness, and skin cancer on the lips. Wearing a hat, in addition to reapplying SPF every 80 minutes spent outdoors, will increase your protection.


Maintain Beautiful, Healthy Lips

In addition to hydration and protection, anti-aging products are beneficial for reducing the appearance of lines and increasing collagen to smooth and plump lips.

Anti-aging lip care is great for at-home use. Dual products like SkinMedica HA5 Smooth and Plump Lip System and iS Clinical Lip Duo offer two-step therapies that both smooth and treat. 

Lip primers are great for preparing the skin for other products. Among lip care that provides multiple benefits, anti-aging primers plump and hide fine lines while keeping lip color in place.


The Key to Healthy Lips

The key to achieving healthy lips: include targeted, quality nourishment in your skincare regimen.

Regular hydration and intentional defense against sun rays and other exposure can help set the stage for your choice of lip products, as well as give you soft lips that can remain bare, without any product at all.

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