Chapter 24: How to Take Care of Your Lips

Beauty Book

We’ve covered a lot of different skin care routines on the Beauty Book, including an introduction to the 10-step skin care regimen and skin care routines for oily and dry skin. Besides going to great lengths to take good care of our face, it’s also important to pay attention to our eyes, nails and feet. Now let’s talk about the lips!

Your lips need extra attention even if it’s not winter yet, because the heat can dry your lips out just as much as the cold. All you need are five simple steps to keep those lips soft, smooth and hydrated all year round. Follow this quick and easy lip care routine and say goodbye to chapped lips!

Step 1: Always stay hydrated

Just like the rest of your skin, the easiest way to keep your lips moisturized is to stay hydrated. Be sure to drink up enough H2O! I personally like to keep a water bottle with me at all times just to remind myself that I need to stay hydrated throughout the day. 

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Step 2: Use a lip makeup remover

Our lips can pick up dirt during the day so it’s essential to clean your lips gently and thoroughly, especially if you tend to wear heavy lip makeup. Use a makeup remover that’s specially made for the lips, like LANEIGE’s Lip & Eye Remover Waterproof. This oil-free lip makeup remover gets rid of dirt and stubborn makeup without irritating the lips. It’s infused with aloe and chamomile extracts to moisturize and soothe the lips.

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Step 3: Exfoliate with a lip scrub 

If you’re wondering why your lips aren’t as smooth as you want them to be, it’s probably because your dead skin cells are getting in the way. An easy fix is to exfoliate your lips. In order to prime your lips and prep them for the upcoming steps in your lip care routine, exfoliating is a must.

Go for the Coffee Lip Scrub from A’PIEU. This lip scrub provides gentle exfoliation and comes in stick form, making it super handy. Coffee lovers will adore its scent as it contains coffee granules that not only smell good but also help get rid of dead skin cells, revealing softer and smoother lips. The coffee lip scrub is also formulated with botanical extracts to keep your lips moisturized.

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Step 4: Apply a moisturizing lip balm

After scrubbing your lips, it’s only natural to reach for a lip balm to seal in all that moisture. When choosing a lip balm, go for one with nourishing ingredients like sunflower or coconut oil.

Burt’s Bees’ Lip Balms are 100% natural and contain all the right ingredients to keep your lips healthy and moisturized. They’re formulated with powerful fruit extracts such as pink grapefruit seed oil, beeswax and Vitamins C and E to nourish dry lips. These small tubes can fit in your everyday purse, so you can easily re-apply and keep your lips hydrated all day. 

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Step 5: Treat your lips to a lip mask 

The last and most important step of all is applying a lip mask. A lip balm may be enough during the day but your lips need more protection at night. Our skin loses moisture overnight, and so do our lips. Applying a rich lip sleeping mask ensures that we wake up to soft and plump lips the next morning!

A lip mask like the Green Tea Lip Sleeping Mask from innisfree will keep your lips moisturized overnight. This mask is formulated with naturally derived ingredients such as Jeju green tea powder, sunflower seed wax, meadowfoam seed oil, castor oil, squalane and beeswax. All these ingredients within this innisfree product will help to soften your lips as well as gently remove dead skin cells overnight. 

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Whatever you do, do not, I repeat DO NOT, pick at your lips! Tugging on dry skin can lead to cuts which will only make things worse. Instead, let your lip balm do its job of healing and moisturizing your lips. Another tip to prevent dry lips is to fight the urge to lick your lips as saliva actually damages the protective barrier of the skin on your lips, not hydrate them. When your lips are feeling parched, always reach for a lip balm!

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