What’s a common wintertime beauty problem that’s a hundred times worse than dry hair? Dry, flaky lips, of course! Keeping a pout healthy with regular moisturisation is one thing, but what about exfoliation? This part of a care routine is overlooked by many, meaning that lips inevitably become damaged and dry. This results in a rough base that can ruin the perfect lipstick application, and an otherwise impeccable makeup look.
In fact, ignore exfoliation, and there’s little point in even trying to moisturise. Why bother, when your choice of balm will need to battle through a flaky, uneven layer of dead cells to reach the skin beneath to provide much-needed hydration?
If you find that you’re struggling to perfect your pout, chances are you need a good lip scrub in your life. But what should you look for? And how do you apply it?
Sugar scrubs for the win! Not only are they perfect for dry season lips, but they have a gentle exfoliating effect elsewhere too. Simply apply the scrub formulation onto your pursed lips, rub around with your fingers to exfoliate, and then gently wipe clean with a tissue or soft towel. Follow this with an application of your favourite balm and/or primer, followed by your best lipstick brand, and you’re good to go! Look out for scrub variants that come with a mineral boost, and try out the different scents to find one that’s absolutely delectable.
Another option is to apply a lip balm and then use a super soft toothbrush (baby toothbrushes always do the trick) to exfoliate your pout. Other ladies swear by using baking soda as a lip scrub. Simply mix it with a small amount of water so that it retains its gritty texture and apply to your lips using a soft washcloth or toothbrush.
Always be sure to finish off your exfoliation session by wiping your lips clean and applying a generous layer of pure honey or coconut oil to lock in some extra moisture.
Remember, if you work regular exfoliation into your life, combined with lip moisturisation, you can kiss dry, flaky lips goodbye. Throw in an application of something gorgeous, like a nude matte lipstick, and your pout will be simply irresistible! We love the long-wearing Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink™ Liquid Lipstick in Dreamer and the Urban Decay Comfort Matte Vice Lipstick in 1993.