How to Take Care of Your Lips

Lip care is often overlooked, even though lips are one of the most expressive parts of your face. The skin of the lips is delicate and has no oil glands to protect them from dryness. Here at  Cosme-De.com we really try to care about our lips and we believe with these easy steps you will start noticing the difference in just a few days.

Lip care steps:

Exfoliate weekly
Exfoliate at least once a week to remove dead skin cells and improve blood circulation for your lips. Use a nice lip scrub which contains fruit acid-based alpha to remove dead skin and deep cleanse the lips.

Massage daily
This is an easy step that can be incorporated into your daily skincare regime. After you’ve brushed your teeth, use a toothbrush (make sure it has soft bristles) to gently scrub your lips. This will help remove chapped skin and keep your lips soft.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
The skin of the lips is thinner and more delicate than any other parts of our body. Therefore, it’s necessary to keep them moisturized to avoid dryness and ugly and uncomfortable cracks. Use lip balms that contain hydrating ingredients such as Beeswax, Shea Butter and Vitamin E. Also look for lip balms that have SPF to protect your lips from sun damage. 

For intensive nourishment, put some moisturizer or Vaseline on your lips at night, rubbing it in until completely absorbed. Then, take some more and dab a thick layer onto your lips so they look white (the color of the moisturizer). Leave it on overnight, and it will soak into your lips during the night. You will wake up with soft, smooth lips.

Bonus Tips:
1. Drink plenty of water.
This should already be part of your daily routine as drinking enough water is the basis for a healthy body. Maintain the hydration level of your lips by drinking 8 glasses of water throughout the day. This will help keep your lips soft and moisturized.

2. Eat lip-friendly food. Add high water-content fruits to your diet, such as cucumber, watermelon, orange and lemon. Consume foods that are rich in Vitamins A, B and C, which help maintain skin health and reduce chapping of lips.

3. Don’t lick and bite.
Licking your lips can make them dehydrated further as the saliva evaporates. Lip biting can damage the protective barrier of the lips and dry them out.

How to plump your pout:

For a simple daily look:
1. Moisten your lips with a wet tissue or cotton pad.
2. Apply Vaseline to soften lips.
3. Apply a thin coat of lip gloss or tinted lip balm. (Tips: Fill in lips with lip liner first can prevent lip gloss from wearing off fast, as it has something to stick to.)

For an evening look:
1. Repeat steps 1 & 2 above.
2. Use a lip liner in a shade slightly darker than your lipstick to fill in your lips, and then define the outer edges of the lips.
3. Apply a thin layer of lipstick (for a more natural look, choose neutral tone lipsticks).
4. Finish off with a coat of lip gloss, adding an extra dab of gloss on the center of your lips to make them look plump.

What are your favorite lip balms? Do you prefer scented or natural ones? Let us know in the comments!

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