Lips are always exposed to the elements but are often neglected when it comes to skincare. Lips, like the face, need to be exfoliated regularly and moisturized daily. Facial care preps the skin for flawless makeup, just as lip care preps the lips for flawless lip color.
Exfoliate the Lips Weekly
Lips should be exfoliated at least once a week. In the cold winter months it is best to exfoliate twice per week due to excess flaking and dryness caused by exposure to cold temperatures, wind, even snow and ice. Apply an exfoliating lip treatment to the lips, rub gently, and then remove with a tissue or washcloth.
Lip exfoliants can also be made at home using white or brown sugar combined with enough olive oil or honey to make it easily spreadable. Apply to lips, rub gently, and remove with a tissue or washcloth.
Moisturize the Lips to Prepare for Lip Color
The lips should be moisturized before every lipstick application. Apply lightly to the lips with fingertip, lip brush, or straight from the tube. Allow to set for a minute or two. Blot off excess gently with a tissue.
Apply Lip Gloss, Lip Stain, or Lipstick
The lips are now ready for color. There are many choices available. Lip gloss gives the lips a natural hint of color. Some glosses are very subtle with only a trace of color while others provide full color. Lip gloss will need to be reapplied throughout the day.