Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Lips !

Hey Dolls and Gents,

It has gotten quite chilly lately, and with the cold weather comes dry skin. Although, people often give their skin extra care during this time, the lips are often neglected - no bueno ! Regardless of gender, cracked lips are very unattractive and somewhat unhealthy. Lip exfoliation is a great way to say goodbye to those terrible chapped lips, and maintain the soft/smooth lips sported in the warmer months. 

There are tons of retail products on the market specifically manufactured for lip exfoliation. Reputable brands like Fresh, Smashbox, and Philosophy [amoung others] produce their own variations of Lip Exfoliants/Scrubs; these tend to range from $15 - $23 dependent on the brand, as well as the [product] size chosen for purchase. SephoraUltaMacy's, and other local cosmetic/skin-care retailers all carry a variety of the aforementioned items. 

Emulsion Lip Exfoliant by Smashbox - $18 USD

Sugar Lip Polish by Fresh - $22.50 USD (favourite)

Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub by Philisophy - $15 USD

However, several alternatives exist for people who don't feel the need to go out and buy a lip exfoliant. There are also natural versions that can easily be made at home. Most recipes include two elements - sugar being the main/active ingredient; it doesn't matter if the sugar is brown or white. The second element can be honey, extra virgin olive oil (evoo), or just plain water; it's all up to preference. When using honey evoo/honey, just mix in a small bowl/container until a paste is made and that's it - a simple do-it-yourself (DIY) lip scrub.

After choosing a suitable lip exfoliant, it's time for the fun part. Here's a brief step-by-step method that can be used for effective lip exfoliation. 
  • Dampen the lips with water from the faucet.
  • Use fingertips to apply a generous amount of product to lips. 
  • Next, use either the fingers or a toothbrush (preferably different from the one used for daily brushing) to gently massage the lips.
  • Once satisfied, rinse away the exfoliant and dead skin with water.
  • Pat dry with a towel.
Feel free to exfoliate the lips as often as necessary in order to maintain healthy lips. Also, don't forget to follow up with some type of lip moisturizer/balm to put moisture back into the lips.

Cheers to smooth lips all year round - POW ! 


Images via Sephora and gourmetcooking

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