Thursday, February 10, 2011

Ask the Experts: Sarah- Beat the Cold Winter Blues

During the winter chapped lips are almost inevitable.  With the right product and reminders they could disappear throughout the season.

Start with a lip exfoliant to scrub away the rough and chapped.

I like using the “Philosophy Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub” it has a sugar scrub and a great taste to it without it being too thick.  For a quick at home recipe try: 1 teaspoon olive oil with 1 teaspoon honey and 2 teaspoons sugar. Use a toothbrush or a finger and sweep the mixture back and forth.

Then apply a lip balm.  

 Using something with an SPF is best, since our lips lack melanin (pigment helping shield the sun) they are susceptible to sun burn. One that I like is ChapStick Ultra SPF 30.  If you would like more of a color shown try Neutrogena Moisture Shine SPF 20 Lipstick, it goes on smooth and comes in 20 shades.   Also the new Chubby Sticks from Clinique are great for just a sheer natural color.

Other things to keep in mind for chapped lips:

Drink water! Keeping hydrated will always help

Keep your lip balm on you, instead of licking your lips (which can cause damage to the natural moisture barrier because of the saliva) apply lip balm throughout the day to keep them hydrated

Use matte lipsticks sparingly.  Matte lipsticks are instantly drying because they don’t contain a moisturizer in the formula.

Get rid of your old chap sticks and lip balm.  If you’ve had them for a while there is a huge possibility of bacteria build up.

So get going and beat the cold winter blues!!

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