Your lips can be your best feature or your worst – depending on how you take care of them. While a luscious pair can help make a fabulous statement, cracked, flaky lips can look terrible. We show you how to prep your pout the right way.

The first step to getting soft, smooth lips is to start taking care of them on a daily basis. This means wear a balm that contains SPF every day and reapply regularly just as you do your normal sunscreen. Apart from this, just like the skin on the rest of our face, lips too need regular exfoliation. But be gentle here – no harsh granules or rough movements. In fact, the best thing to do is to make your own homemade scrub mixing together a bit of lemon, olive oil and sugar. Gently apply over lips to slough away dead cells, leave on for a couple of minutes and wash off. Then apply a rich balm to impart moisture to this area. Even better, use a lipstick that combines the benefits of a balm with the sheer colour and coverage of a lipstick. We love Lakmé’s 9to5 Crease-less lip balm with SPF 15 which contains olive oil, Jojoba oil and vitamin E to nourish and protect your lips.