Dry, chapped lips? No need to pout! From how to moisturize lips with DIY solutions to the best lip products, we’re sharing how to take care of your lips for a naturally beautiful smile.

Why Is It Important to Take Care of Your Lips?

Your smile is one of the very first things others notice about you, and your lips play a big role in that first impression. Dry, cracked, or chapped lips can look unsightly and painful, and they can cause your lipstick to look splotchy as a result. Because the skin on your lips is naturally thinner and more delicate, it needs extra TLC — especially throughout the harsh months of winter. That’s why following a good lip care routine is so essential.

How to Take Care of Your Lips with the Perfect Lip Care Routine

Remove all traces of makeup.

We all know how important it is to take off your makeup before bed, but it’s easy to overlook our lips in the process. Unfortunately, residual lipstick can prevent skincare products from penetrating and even lead to blemishes around the mouth. Take an extra moment to remove all traces of lipstick and lip liner from your pout before you head to bed.

Exfoliate your pout.

The easiest way to keep your lips feeling soft and smooth is with a DIY lip scrub. Make your own by mixing some olive oil with sugar — a natural humectant — for a gentle sugar lip scrub that buffs away flakes while sealing in moisture.

Moisturize your lips.

After washing your face, be sure to apply a moisturizing lip balm to keep your lips looking plump and hydrated. Reach for one of our Lip Rescue lip balms made with jojoba oil or shea butter for instant nourishment courtesy of natural botanicals. Apply lip balm liberally and as often as needed to keep your lips feeling soft and smooth.

Treat your lips with oil.

Oils are a wonderful solution for dry lips, and they can help protect your skin’s natural moisture barrier, as well. Massage a small amount of natural oil (like jojoba) to your lips for a well-conditioned pout.

If you’re currently battling cracked, dry lips, a therapeutic lip balm with tea tree oil can offer some much-needed relief. Our Lip Rescue lip balm with tea tree oil is made with aloe and vitamin E to soothe and relieve parched lips with plant oils, protective natural waxes, and comforting botanical extracts.

Moisturizing SPF Lip Balm

Protect your lips from the sun.

Your lips are especially susceptible to sun damage due to the overall thinness of their skin. That’s why it’s so important to use products with SPF lip sun protection to help prevent burns and irritation. Our Lip Rescue SPF 30 lip balms provide broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays while smoothing your lips with botanical moisturizers like shea butter and coconut oil. Plus, they’re water-resistant for a full 80 minutes, making them perfect for swimming and outdoor activities. 

Maintain a healthy diet.

When it comes to looking and feeling your best, few things beat a good diet. Proper nutrition plays a huge role in the health of your body, including its biggest organ: your skin! Eat nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats to keep your complexion (and your lips) soft and supple.

Additionally, staying hydrated can help prevent dry, flaky skin and chapped lips. Drink 8–10 glasses each day to make sure your skin is moisturized from the inside out.

Use a humidifier.

If you regularly suffer from dry, chapped lips, you may want to consider adding a humidifier to your bedroom. These handy devices help retain moisture in the air to lock in hydration while you sleep.

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