While many of us love the winter season (CHRISTMAAAAAAAS!), our skin does not. For me, it wreaks havoc, particularly with my lips. Central heating, the inevitable freezing temperatures and winds make my already dry lips go flaky, cracked and sore! I’ve tried just about every lip balm, lip salve, chapstick etc. out there, but a few things that I use make a huge difference. If you suffer from chapped, sore, flaky lips, using these few products can make a big difference.
The first thing I would recommend is exfoliating your lips gently every few days. This gets rid of the dead skin, and any loose flakes. Take it easy though – you can actually pull away healthy skin and cause bleeding and more soreness by going at it hell for leather! I use the e.l.f. Studio Lip Exfoliator (e.l.f., around €6.37), which is really handy to use because it’s packaged like a normal lipstick or balm. I make sure my lips are damp (exactly the same as when I exfoliate my face or body), rub a slick of the exfoliator over your lips and then gently buff with a toothbrush to slough away the dead, flaky skin (I keep a separate toothbrush just for this, for the sake of hygiene!).
I apply a lip balm a few times a day, and always in the morning and evening, as well as right after I exfoliate my lips. I’ve tried SO many different products, but there are 2 I favour. The first is the Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm (Cloud10, €11.75), which is simply amazing. I used to use Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream (Boots, €23), which was really good, but I wasn’t mad on the gloopy texture and medicinal smell. The Nuxe balm is really thick and nourishing, and leaves my lips so soft. At nearly €12, it is a little pricier than a tin of Vaseline, but it is 120% worth every penny, and a little goes a long way (after 6 weeks of religious use, I have barely made a dent in the top of my pot!). I apply a layer of this before bed, and it means my lips are lovely and soft come the morning!
The second lip balm that I love is the Forever Sun Lips (Forever Living, €5.12), which I’ve mentioned before. It has SPF in it, which is excellent for dry lips, as UV damage will not help your case! Contrary to popular belief, UV rays can be harmful regardless of whether the sun is splitting the stones or it is Baltic…once it’s bright! It’s also not a gloopy or shiny balm, so you wouldn’t know you had it on, and it sits really well under lipsticks and stains. I slick this on a few times a day, and again, it leaves my lips lovely and moisturised throughout the day.