Unlike the rest of our skin, our lips do not have any sebaceous glands that produce oil and keep them moisturised. Hence, they solely rely on topical nourishment to remain soft and supple. Here are four beauty tips for lips you can follow to keep them healthy.
1. Use a lip balm with SPF
We all know we need to use lip balm throughout the day. With constant exposure to UV rays, your lips will start getting darker, drier and uneven. That’s why it is important to use lip balms with SPF to protect your lips from UV rays. The Lakmé Lip Love Chapstick SPF 15 is our all-time favourite for its moisturising and sun protecting qualities. These not only shield your lips but also add the prettiest tinted sheen. This lip balm range offers seven variants with a clear option as well. Pick your hue and treat your pout with the best.
2. Don’t use drying lipstick
Liquid lipsticks deserve all the love and adoration for their lasting power and pigmentation. However, some can be extremely drying on the lips. And since our lips don’t naturally produce moisture aka sebum on their own like the rest of our face, this can result in peeling and flaking.
Opt for hydrating and moisturising lipsticks for daily use. And since lip glosses are so trendy right now, maybe you can try finding your signature gloss for all-day softness. Lip products infused with oils, shea butter or any natural agent to soothe dryness are a big yes! But if you’re a matte fan, the Lakmé Absolute Matte Ultimate Lip Color with Argan Oil is a must-try. It adds all the glamour without compromising the health of your pucker. This lippy leaves a matte finish but doesn’t look patchy or cakey. The argan oil in the formula ensures your lips stay nourished as you continue looking gorgeous all day!
3. Don’t lick your lips
This is one mistake we all make without realising it. Your lips might feel moisturised for a short period, but this action does more harm than good. Your saliva contains digestive enzymes like amylase and maltase, which dry out the lips. This makes it more vulnerable to aggressors, leading to cracking and bleeding. So, avoid licking your lips and invest in a lip balm for a kissable pout.
4. DIY lip mask
Ever had one of those days when your lip balm just isn’t doing the trick? We know the feeling. Every once in a while, our lips need something extra - just like our skin. That’s why we’re letting you in on this easy DIY lip mask that needs only three ingredients. Start by applying your lip balm and be generous with it. Next, cut a piece of tissue to fit your lips and place it on top. Dab some coconut oil on the tissue and layer with another piece if you’d like. Repeat with coconut oil on top and let it sit on your lips for about five minutes.
This will hold a good amount of coconut oil on the specific area and provide all the moisture your lips need. You won’t have to worry about oil dripping or getting everywhere with this technique as the lip balm acts as a tacky base to hold your oil-soaked tissue in place.
Once you're done, just wipe the excess oil around your lips and you will be left with a soft, plump and well-moisturised pout.