While we go through lengths to take care of our faces with an extensive skincare routine, we hardly spend that much time and effort to pamper one of the most used parts of our faces – the lips. Case in point? Oftentimes we attend events and meet people who have faces that are put together so well … only to have their whole look go down the drain with dry, chapped lips.
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And we don’t blame them. After all, the environment plays a huge role in how your lips appear. While the skin on the lips protect it from harsh elements like erratic weather and damaging UV rays, we have to remember that it is only a thin, delicate veil that’s separating it from the terrible outdoors. And don’t think you’re safe indoors – air conditioning and even a simple sip of water can easily suck the moisture right out of your lips through evaporation. Then factor in all the lip movement we do throughout the day – from talking to eating to even just making simple expressions like smiling and pouting… All these result in dull, ashy lips that has seen better days.
But with the help of these simple steps and BAZAAR edited lip care products, you can nurse your lips back to the pink of health in no time. Who knows – you’ll probably be on the way to giving Angelina Jolie and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – A-list celebrities famous for their plump, voluptuous lips – a run for their money.
Step 1: Clean It Up
Cleansing the lips from grime and residual makeup is crucial to ensure that the lips are absorbing the best stuff efficiently later on.
Bioderma’s gentle makeup-removing formula employs micellar technology to effectively remove traces of stubborn lip colour without damage. Cucumber extract in the calming formula works to soothe even the most sensitive of skins, so the lips are left clean and healthy after a good swipe of this. Photo: Bioderma
Longwearing and waterproof lip colours won’t stay on the lips for long with this effective yet gentle makeup remover. The oil phase works to dissolve lip products down to the last traces, while the liquid phase condition the lips with a soothing aloe vera and botanical blend. Photo: Estée Lauder
Bid adieu to stubborn lip colours and stains with this luxurious yet effective makeup remover. While the oil component traps colour pigments for effective removal, the water component soothe and condition the lips with cucumber extracts and Damask rose flower water for soft, clean lips. Photo: MAC
Though the product is marketed for the eyes, the formula is gentle enough to be used on even the most delicate of lips too. This bi-phase formula comprises of an oil layer that effectively binds to long-wearing lip colours for easy removal, while the water layer contains skin-nourishing ingredients to nurture the lips in the process. Photo: Lancôme
Step 2: Buff, Buff, Buff
Exfoliating the lips gently with granulated products not only sloughs off dull, ashy skin – it also boosts blood circulation so a set of baby soft lips await once the product is rinsed off.
Grainy sugar granules work to whisk away dry, ashy skin and promote healthy blood circulation to reveal a rosy pout. The emollient formula includes mango seed butter to condition lips, filling up fine lines so they look plump and healthy. Photo: Dior
Brown sugar grains gently aids in shedding dry skin flakes, bringing fresh, young skin to the lips’ surface. Skin-loving jojoba oil and shea butter nourish the lips, making it supple and well-conditioned. Photo: Fresh
Fresh, healthy skin come to surface after it has been exfoliated by the sugar granules. While the conditioning jojoba oil leaves the lips feeling baby soft, the peppermint oil works to plump it up, making the lips appear rosy and luscious after each session. Photo: Lush
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Step 3: Pamper And Treat
Best done twice or thrice a week before bedtime, this indulgent step ensures that the lips are pampered with tender loving care that they so deserve.
Say goodbye to tired, ashy lips with this intensive lip treatment oil. Formulated with moisturizing Saliporine-8, softening Viamerine and lip-plumping Volulip™, unsightly lines are effectively filled up resulting in a plumper pout. “28” refers to a unique blend of botanical extracts including bois de rose, rosehip oil and evening primrose oil that work in synergy with the aforementioned compounds to help improve on the lips’ appearance over time. Photo: Hourglass
Restore youth and vitality to the lips with Clé de Peau Beauté’s luxurious age-defying lip serum. The deeply nourishing treatment formula is infused with a blend of potent skin-conditioning oils and the brand’s Illuminating Complex and Cellular IC Normalizer to nourish the lips, making the lips take on a more graceful appearance with every use. Photo: Clé de Peau Beauté
Those who suffer from chronic dry lips will adore this intensely hydrating lip treatment. The vitamin and antioxidant rich Berry Mix Complex™ conditioning powers restore the lips’ vitality, while its Moisture Wrap™ compound contains hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid to fill up fine lines and promote a youthful appearance so you’ll wake up to a luscious pout when you wake the next morning. Photo: Laneige
Formulated with anti-ageing extracts of Provence rose and Damascus rose, this ultra-hydrating balm will ensure that your lips are supple and well cared for by the time you wake up. Photo: By Terry
Daily care is also imperative in attaining a luscious celebrity-esque pout. Protect the lips with a sun-protecting formula in the daytime, and replenish with a conditioning blend before you slumber so your lips are loved all day long.
This lip balm nourishes with vitamin E and oils of jojoba, castor seed and sunflower seed, while candelilla wax and SPF provide a barrier against damaging environmental factors and dehydration. Botanical extracts of lavender and tangerine uplift and soothe at the same time, so the lips are healthy always. Photo: Aesop
Blended with moisture-binding hyaluronic acid, antioxidant vitamin E and protective glycerin, this ultra-hydrating sun protecting lip balm will ensure that your lips are perfectly moisturised and protected throughout the day. Photo: Shiseido
This highly moisturizing lip balm has soothing aloe, hydrating squalane, and antioxidant vitamin E in the mix to condition and nourish the skin to perfection. The best parts of this balm are the sun protecting factor that prevents the lips from deteriorating as you step out to run your errands, while the hint of colour adds life to your lips. Photo: Kiehl’s
Coconut and sunflower oils soften and condition the lips, while the beeswax provides protection against the harsh environment. The mild sun protection also saves the lips sun-related damages, so the lips are ever ready to face the day. Photo: Burt’s Bees
The brand’s exclusive Miracle Broth™ restores the lips back to optimum health after a long day of damage, while the Lip Lipid Complex strengthens the lips’ skin barrier, allowing it to fend off external aggressors effectively. The lavish formula is also infused with mint extracts to plump up the lips to keep the appearance of fine lines at bay. Photo: La Mer
Dry lips can luxuriate in this highly nourishing balm that is infused with intensely conditioning camellia oil and hydrating squalene. Multi-vitamins revitalize the lips, while essential fatty acids seal in moisture so they are in tip top condition always. The best part is the 23K gold flakes that elevate the whole lip-pampering experience. Photo: Tatcha
Hazelnut, plum and sunflower seed oils repair and rehydrate severely dry and chapped lips, while shea and kokum butters relieve the lips from daily damage. With a rich blend of conditioning ingredients like these you can be sure to wake up with soft, hydrated lips every morning. Photo: Sisley
Dry, chapped lips is a thing of the past the moment you introduce this nourishing and protective lip treatment into your beauty routine. While the menthol extract encourages blood circulation to promote a fuller appearance, the beeswax conditions and provides protection against dehydration as you sleep so your lips feel soft and supple when you wake up. Photo: Eve Lom
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