Need to prepare for a night with your significant other? Follow these easy tips for soft, kissable lips! You’re going out on a date: you’ve done your hair, your makeup looks perfect, and your outfit has been obsessed over. You look gorgeous! The last thing you want is for the grand crescendo–the kiss–to end with crusty awkwardness because of some dry lips. Don’t worry: soft, kissable lips are very easy to obtain.
This part is essential. In order to properly moisturize the skin on your lips, it’s imperative to slough off the dead skin that’s hanging around and looking flaky. No need to rush out and buy an expensive lip scrub, though: just whip up equal parts extra virgin coconut oil and raw sugar, then scrub your lips with a warm washcloth and the mixture for a few minutes. When you rinse, you’ll see a super smooth surface underneath.
If you’re just looking to maintain your smooth lips and don’t have time for a daily lip scrub, use this top tip from behind the scenes: after you brush your teeth in the morning and at night, brush your lips with your clean, dry toothbrush to get rid of the dead skin. Easy!
Equally essential to having beautiful, kissable lips is moisturizing. There are basically two types of moisturization on the market: hydrators and occlusives. To really keep your skin soft and supple, it’s important to use both.
Hydrators are humectants that bind water molecules to the skin. Great examples of these are micellar oils (coconut, olive, jojoba, and argan are some great ones), butters (shea, cocoa, and lanolin are very popular), and acids (hyaluronic is your best bet). All of these will actually attract the moisture in the air to the skin on your lips, adding hydration and giving you the plump look you’re after. They’re also great at anti-aging as well. These are your “step ones” in your lip care (and broader skincare, too) routine.
Occlusives are ingredients that mimic your skin barrier, trapping moisture inside your skin so it stays hydrated all day. These are your petroleum jellies, squalene, paraffin, and beeswax. They’re usually pretty dense and thick feeling, which can take some getting used to, but it’s worth it.
Check What You’re Using on Your Lips
You may be using products that are causing dry lips, which totally defeats the whole purpose of using lip products! Make sure to go through ingredient lists on the things you use the most. Some of the most popular lip balm brands have things like steryl alcohol, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree, and other known skin irritants that actually dry your lips out more over time, leaving you dependent on the lip balm (sneaky, right?). Don’t let the marketing get to you: find out what ingredients are good for your skin, and stick to them.
A good lip skin care routine should look something like this:
- Exfoliate with your coconut/sugar lip scrub and a warm washcloth.
- Moisturize with two to three drops of pure jojoba oil.
- Occlusive with petroleum jelly.
Try this out tonight, and you’ll be surprised at how soft and supple your lips become!