Nothing gets me going like a bold, crisp lip. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I left the house without lipstick on. Whether it’s a glossy nude, or a fully painted on matte black pout, in most occasions, my lips are my best accessory. But if you’re like me, then you know that constantly wearing lipstick, especially matte, drying formulas, takes a huge toll on that sensitive lip skin. From stains to drying, cracking, and peeling — rocking a statement lip has its price.
So how can you make sure your signature look isn’t ruined by chapped, unruly lips? The key is to always remove your lip product with an oil-based makeup remover, follow up with a great lip scrub to remove any residue and dead skin, and finish off with a heavy conditioning lip treatment for a nourished, supple result. Sticking to this regimen will ensure your lips stay healthy and properly prepped for your next application.
Check out some products to keep your lips in tip top shape (Note: these are also amazing for our bare-lipped friends who just thrive for a well-loved pout).
Fresh Sugar Lip Polish
An oldie, but a goodie. The classic sugar lip scrub has been a staple in my vanity for quite some time, and with good reason. Its gentle exfoliating brown sugar crystals effectively remove any lipstick stains and dead skin from your lips. A major plus? One jar of this will last you for years to come! ($22; sephora.com)
LUSH Mint Julip Lip Scrub
This is by far my favorite LUSH lip scrub. Although the company offers a variety of flavors and scents, this one’s tingly peppermint concoction always leaves my lips refreshed and ready to absorb any conditioning treatments to follow. Its granules are slightly rough but quickly soften as you work them into the skin, and that minty fresh feeling just can’t be beat! ($10; lush.com)
BLISS FabuLips Sugar Lip Scrub
Ah yes, another sugar lip scrub, except this one also contains almond and walnut shell fragments and olive oil for that extra punch. While the sugar granules in a traditional lip scrub slowly dissolve as you rub them into the skin, BLISS’s take on the lip-lover staple offers extreme exfoliation for those especially rough days. ($18; ulta.com)
AQUAREVEAL Smooth Talker Water Peel
AQUAREVEAL just introduced the first lip exfoliator that contains no sugar particles, acids, scrubs, or enzymes! A good friend of mine recently turned me on to this revolutionary product, which I still have trouble wrapping my head around. You simply rub the product into your lips and watch any residue and flakes seamlessly roll off the surface. The water and glycerin based lip peel works like magic and — as an added bonus — it comes in a super convenient pen for easy travel and application! ($26.00; spacenk.com)
TOP LIP MASKS AND TREATMENTS:
Sara Happ “The Lip Slip” Lip Balm
Sara Happ is known for her amazing lip products, and this intensely hydrating lip treatment is no exception. “The Lip Slip” Lip Balm is in fact so moisturizing that I will put it on at night and wake up in the morning feeling like I had just applied it. Made with Jojoba, Almond, and Castor oil, this lip balm is one of the most extreme when it comes to keeping your pout plump! ($24.00; nordstrom.com)
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask
BITE Beauty, another innovator in the lip product world, only uses food-grade, all natural ingredients; this thick and luxurious overnight treatment uses agave nectar, jojoba oil, vanilla extract, and antioxidant trans-resveratrol to nourish and treat the lips. ($26.00; sephora.com)
Rosebud Perfume Co. Menthol and Eucalyptus Balm
This may not technically be considered a “lip treatment”, but this lip balm is the real deal. There’s two things I look for in an intense, overnight lip treatment. One obviously is that it has to be moisturizing; and secondly, I shouldn’t have to apply it more than once during the night. Rosebud Perfume Co.’s Menthol and Eucalyptus Balm does just that — it’s like a giant glass of water for my dry, parched lips. And maybe it’s just me, but the buzzing menthol element adds something completely refreshing to the experience. A+ on this one! ($8; sephora.com)
Olive Oil + Vaseline Cocoa Butter Lip Therapy
So this isn’t a “luxury product” or a typical lip mask; in fact, it’s a household item paired with something you can grab at any drug store. But here’s the deal: I’ve struggled with horribly dry lips my whole life — the addition of bombastic lipstick wearing over the years has only made the problem worse. This easy method is what helps me get through the most chapped and irritated days. Dab a small amount of high quality extra virgin olive oil, add some Vaseline Lip Therapy (I’ve found the cocoa butter version is hands down the best) over the top, and you’re golden. The olive oil nourishes, and the Vaseline locks in that intense moisture. If you don’t want to splurge on the pricey (but surely effective) treatments above, this is a great alternative. ($2; drugstore.com)