Hydration isn’t just for thirst. Keeping your lips hydrated can have some serious benefits too. Ever find that lipstick or lip gloss won’t stay on for more than a few minutes? Well, with properly hydrated lips, your pout will stay perfect for longer. Hydrated lips also help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dry spots around the mouth area to give you a bouncy, dewy vibe. So, even if you don’t wear lipstick, investing in a good lip care regime will make your lips look softer and plumper.
1. Vanquish Those Flakes
Removing dead skin cells from your lips is a crucial step in any skincare routine, as it can prevent chapping and dryness. Dead skin cells can accumulate on the lips, leading to roughness and dryness. To exfoliate your lips, you can use a lip scrub, soft toothbrush or lip mask.
A lip scrub is the easiest way to exfoliate your lips as it requires minimal effort and supplies. Many lip scrubs are made with natural ingredients like sugar or salt that help slough away dead skin cells without causing irritation or damage to the delicate skin on your lips. Gently rub some of the scrub on your lips in small circles for half a minute, then rinse with warm water.
Or opt for a lip scrub that doesn’t need to be rinsed off, like Beauty Society’s Lip Job Sugar Lip Scrub. This Prosecco-flavored one is a Customer favorite. However, if you’re after something with a fruity zing, our Watermelon Lip Job Sugar Lip Scrub is an equally delicious choice.
If you don’t have access to a lip scrub, using a soft toothbrush will do just fine. Submerge the bristles in warm water, then lightly move them around both lips for 15-20 seconds before rinsing with lukewarm H2O. This method should be done at most twice per week as brushing too often could cause damage to the sensitive skin on our mouths.
Finally, if you want something more luxurious than either of those options, try using a hydrating lip mask. These masks are designed specifically for nourishing our pouts by infusing them with essential oils and vitamins that help protect against environmental aggressors while providing long-lasting hydration throughout the day.
For anyone looking to rejuvenate their lips overnight, Beauty Society’s Night Shift has your back. It is an ultra-hydrating overnight mask specifically designed to repair and improve the look of lips. The product infuses moisturizers such as shea butter, jojoba oil, and carnauba wax into the formula to provide long-lasting hydration and softer lips. Plus, Night Shift’s advanced BTX and Swiss Apple stem cell compounds help reduce wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging.
2. Smooth Things Over
Lip balm plays a key role in keeping your lips moisturized.
The right lip balm is fundamental. It should be free of harsh chemicals and contain ingredients that are nourishing and protective. Look for natural ingredients like jojoba or coconut oil to guard your lips against external harm while providing extended hydration.
Butters like shea butter or cocoa butter provide a layer of protection against dryness while locking in moisture. You may also want to use essential oils such as lavender or chamomile for deeper hydration and soothing effects.
Pamper your lips with Paradise Lip Balm. This Papaya-flavored version contains a luxurious blend of exotic oils to provide superior hydration and nourishment.
3. Repel Harmful Radiation
Protecting your lips from the sun is essential to maintaining their health and beauty. UV radiation from the sun can cause serious damage to your lips, including premature aging, wrinkles, discoloration and even skin cancer.
Wear a Lip Balm with SPF
Wear SPF lip balm or glosses when outdoors for extended periods of time. Lip balms with a minimum SPF 15 are recommended to provide adequate protection against UVA and UVB rays. To further protect your lips from the sun’s rays, wearing a hat or visor during peak hours can be beneficial in blocking out direct sunlight.
When selecting an SPF lip product, make sure that it contains both UVA and UVB filters, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, to achieve full spectrum protection against all types of ultraviolet light exposure.
It’s also wise to look for products labeled “broad-spectrum,” indicating the FDA has tested them for safety and effectiveness in blocking UVA and UVB rays.
Some lip balms also contain antioxidants like Vitamin E to guard against the harm caused by environmental factors such as air pollution or smoking and additionally offer hydration for smoother lips.
Avoid Direct Sunlight
In addition to using sunscreen on your lips, you should also avoid direct sunlight during peak hours whenever possible. Seek shade under trees or umbrellas if necessary, especially between 10 am and 4 pm when ultraviolet light intensity is at its strongest point throughout the day due to the sun’s angle relative to the earth’s surface level.
The Bottom Line
Taking care of your lips is no easy feat and can often seem like an uphill battle. Thankfully, getting hydrated lips is as simple as a few easy steps: exfoliate to get rid of dead skin cells, moisturize for that extra hydration, and slap on some SPF. We guarantee you won’t regret any of the above. Soon enough, you’ll have soft, dewy, kissable lips that even Cupid would be proud of.