We’re officially smack dab in the middle of winter. And you know what that means? Dry, dry skin. On top of the heavy creams and moisturizers, I have been dousing my lips with balms and masks to keep them from cracking. That’s why I’m rounding up my favorite lip care products because that is one step in your skincare and makeup routine that will help keep your lips plump and rosy (in the right way).
Here is my three-step guide to get your lips smooth, shiny and sun protected! Oh, and for more skincare tips, check out my intensive guide: HERE.
Step 1: Exfoliate
Because Chicago winters can get so harsh, I tend to use lip exfoliants more often than when I lived in CA. Granted, California is dry too, but something about the cold really takes a toll on my lips. Don’t go overboard with use however, as your lips are super sensitive! I wouldn’t use more than 2x a week and, to be honest, is pushing it. Less is more with a lip exfoliant.
Step 2: Mask Up
My absolute favorite lip care products are super conditioning lip masks and balms. After I finish my nighttime skincare routine, I massage one of the below products onto my lips as an overnight moisture mask. I let the product work its magic overnight and wake up to smoother lips every time.
Step 3: Protect
Now that you’ve exfoliated and locked in moisture overnight, you need to protect your rejuvenated lips from harsh sun exposure (even in the winter!!). After my morning skincare routine, I always apply sunscreen to my face and neck. I’ve also started applying lip balms with SPF to my lips for extra protection. I keep one in my bathroom, one in my purse and another in my car so I can reapply when necessary!
What are your go-to lip products? Let me know in the comments below!