Fall is approaching quickly. Soon the air will be cool and crisp, and our wardrobes will shift with the seasons. As we bring out our coats and boots, we should also be changing our skincare routines to reflect the change in weather. Autumn often carries a chill and makes the breeze a bit drier than normal.
"Moisturizer steps up to the plate as the MVP for our skincare routines to avoid getting flaky patches of skin, but our lips are often overlooked."
Fall brings delicious pumpkin spice and a symphony of crunchy leaves, but it also makes lips chapped and dry. You may find yourself constantly reapplying chapstick in the colder months. Wondering why you keep going through tube after tube, with no relief. If this is your problem, I’ve got the solution.
Step 1.) Hydrate
This may seem like a given, but hydration is a must. Without proper hydration there’s no moisture to lock in and your results will not last. Since the heat of Summer is no longer reminding us to drink water, hydration can fall to the wayside.
Tip: If you have trouble remembering to drink water you can use a hydration app like Hydro Coach or set daily reminders on your phone.
Step 2.) Exfoliate
You may notice that you have been applying your lip balm on top of hardened, dry skin in a desperate attempt to soften your lips. You may have even tried to pick at your lips to get the skin off and ended up making yourself bleed. If this is the case, you need an exfoliant. Try using a sugar scrub or a small, gentle brush like a soft toothbrush to get rid of the dead skin.
Tip: Exfoliation can be harsh, especially on the delicate skin around the lips. You should only exfoliate a maximum of two times a week to avoid irritation and possible infection.
"Be sure to hydrate, moisturize, and seal daily to keep your lips healthy."
Step 3.) Mask
I know it sounds crazy, but trust me! A mask will take your lip care to the next level. It doesn’t even have to be an expensive jelly mask. You can make one at home with the ingredients from your pantry if you’re feeling a little frugal. Either way you’ll get an extra boost of hydration with this step. Every lip mask application is different as there are many variations. Use your lip masks according to the directions before continuing on to the next step.
Tip: This step just helps to give your lips a little extra pampering. Feel free to omit this step or add it to your usual face mask to do your whole face at once.
Step 4.) Moisturize
Don’t go reaching for that lip balm just yet! Right after exfoliation the skin on your lips is fresh and ready to receive extra goodness. This is when I recommend using a hydrating lip oil. Castor Oil works well as it is a humectant, which draws moisture into the skin.
Tip: Try using different oils and see what works best for you. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find the right product for you. Sometimes a blend of different oils will better cater to your specific needs.
Step 5.) Seal
Your lips should be feeling pretty plump right about now and you probably want to keep them that way. Now is the time to seal in the moisture. You can finally apply your favorite lip balm. The best lip balm to apply after sealing in moisture should contain something heavy like beeswax. These lip kinds of lip balm are best at forming a layer of protection over your lips.
Tip: If you don’t want to use a lip balm with a lot of additives you can try making your own. This way you can feel confident about the ingredients that will be going onto your skin.
If you follow this super-hydrating routine consistently you should have perfectly moisturized lips all fall. Be sure to hydrate, moisturize, and seal daily to keep your lips healthy. It’s best to do the full routine once a week or at least once every two weeks if you keep a busy schedule.