I hate the feeling of dry, chapped lips, so I’m really big when it comes to lip care. Every night I apply a lip balm before bed, like Vaseline Lip Therapy (which I highly recommend!), and I definitely never leave the house without some form of lip protectant.
In search of more advice on how to achieve healthy lips, I looked to board certified dermatologist, Dr. Whitney Bowe. Ahead, she shares her top tips. And keep reading to see some more of my lip product recommendations!
Stay away from products with plumping agents.
We all know today’s trend is plump lips, but ingredients like menthol and camphor sting — a telltale sign you’re having a reaction to it. Additionally, products like these do not contain nourishing ingredients to lock in moisture so can cause drying of the lips.
Seek out nourishing ingredients to provide immediate relief from dryness and long-term moisture.
Shea butter is the fat extracted from the nut of the African Shea tree, which grows naturally in West Africa. It’s a key hydrator but also has proven anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and it is rich in Vitamin E, which helps protect against environmental stressors. I love that eos Lip Balms are made with shea butter and have been shown through testing to lock hydration and moisture into your lips for up to 8 hours. My favorite is eos Pure & Free — it’s made with all-organic ingredients, including shea butter and coconut oil, to deliver hydration for soft, healthy-looking lips.
Stop licking your lips!
Our skin has a thick stratum corneum to keep it protected, but our lips do not, so they are more prone to dryness and irritation. If you lick your lips, you are going to experience even more chapped irritation – it’s a vicious cycle because your saliva evaporates and causes you to keep licking to avoid the drying sensation. Saliva also breaks down the delicate tissues and compromises the barrier. Think about what happens when you put a saltine cracker in your mouth. Even without chewing, it will become soft. That’s the saliva in your mouth slowly digesting the cracker into its building blocks! You don’t want saliva to eat away at your lips so try not to lick your lips!
Apply lip balm this many times throughout the day.
Apply lip balm after eating or drinking to lock in moisture. Also apply it right before bed. If you sleep with your mouth open, you are going to dry your lips out even more, so I recommend that my patients apply a bit of lip balm right before bed. Apply your balm just outside the borders of your lip line as well because it’s the outer perimeter of your lips that is often chapped! Another tip is to try to avoid those matte, or long lasting lip stains. Those tend to be very drying. If you do use them, make sure to prime the lips first with a hydrating balm!
In addition to eos and Vaseline, here are five more products I recommend for achieving the smoothest pout…
This serum comes complete with vitamins C & E and evening primrose oil to provide hydration and renewal to your lips while you sleep
Fresh’s lip treatment comes in four different flavors, with peach being my personal favorite. Its ingredients include sugar, a blend of oils and Vitamin E — all to help moisturize and protect lips.
Yes, even your lips need protection from the sun’s rays! Available in three scents (Punchy Pomegranate, Tropical Coconut and Wild Watermelon), this lip balm provides SPF 30 to protect your precious pout from sun damage, while still keeping them nourished.
In May 2019, Glamsquad (yes, THAT Glamsquad!) released its first-ever makeup line. The collection included their Take a Tint lip balm, which includes vitamin E for ultimate hydration. You can wear this alone or layer it under other lip products.
Moisturize your lips while adding a little bit of tint to them with this lip balm from LANEIGE. The brand also carries a lip sleeping mask that’s totally worth it.
What are some of your favorite lip products? Share in the comments!