Winter is filled with festivities and snowy days, but it can also bring about cold, dry air—and chapped, cracked lips. Skincare is having its moment, and your lips deserve as much attention as the rest of your face. A winter beauty routine is all about moisture to counteract the weather. Here’s how you can keep your lips soft and supple now and in the months to come.
4 Steps to Healthy Lips This Winter
Always start your routine with a clean face. That means using a gentle, non-drying cleanser so you don’t strip away any moisture. If you’re using a makeup wipe to cleanse or a washcloth to dry off, work in gentle circular motions to avoid harsh rubbing.
Much like the rest of your skin, your lips can develop a layer of dead cells. This leads to peeling, flaking, and dullness. Gently exfoliating once a week helps remove dead skin and allows better penetration of the moisturizers you apply. Because lips are sensitive, it’s important to use a product designed for delicate skin.
Our Golden Wet Cherry Lip Scrub lightly buffs away dead skin cells, revealing a softer, smoother surface. It is also infused with coconut oil and vitamin E to help nourish your lips. Simply apply a fingerful of product to your lips and carefully rub it in with a circular motion. Remove the excess with a wet cloth or by rinsing—and remember to be gentle!
3. Mask Up
Adding a lip mask into your routine once a week will help add some deep hydration. This step is a perfect follow-up to exfoliating because your lips will be primed to soak up all that extra moisture. These heavy-duty products are ideal for overnight use, meaning you’ll wake up with a plump, hydrated pout.
Lock in moisture throughout the day with a lip balm or nourishing lip oil. There are a few all-star ingredients to look for, including coconut oil, vitamin E, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and shea butter. Some are designed to provide moisture, while others help your skin retain the moisture it already has.
Once your lips are prepped, you’re ready to apply lipsticks and glosses as you please! To lock in your look—and the extra moisture—apply a layer of our Ghost Veil Lip Primer before adding color. We’ve also reformulated our beloved Wet Cherry Lip Gloss to include Vitamin E for a healthy dose of moisture!
Reapply your moisturizing products throughout the day to prevent dryness and puckering. Any time you eat or drink or come in from the cold, take a minute to touch up your lips.
Extra Tips for Your Lips
While a lip care routine will go a long way, don’t forget to hydrate well throughout the day by drinking plenty of water. After all, healthy, beautiful skin starts from the inside. And even though winter is a cold season, it can still be sunny. Protect your lips with a balm that contains SPF 30. If you know you’re going to be outside all day, remember to reapply your sun protection every two hours.
A lip-friendly winter routine is easy to start—and your lips will be perfectly soft whether you’re meeting someone special under the mistletoe, sipping cocoa, or snapping photos with friends and family.