Winter is harsh, and my skin is no exception. Every year I S-T-R-U-G-G-L-E with dry skin. My hands and lips are usually my problem areas, so I’ve learned to work with those as much as possible.
For my hands, I will occasionally use some of our St. Ives Green Tea Scrub on my hands to shed some off some of the dead skin cells, and be vigilant in applying thick coats of Aquaphor frequently (Be sure to really rub this in however, as it is thick and gooey and will get on things. I usually put it on at night and a lighter dose in the morning).
For my lips however, I was always at a loss. There are so many lip scrubs out there, some of which are quite costly, but I never knew one from the other. That was until I was let in on such a wonderful, easy, and CHEAP (basically free) tip.
Last year my friend and I attended a NARS makeup event. While there, I voiced my dry lips as a concern to my makeup consultant and she gave me one of the BEST tips I’ve ever heard for achieving a soft lip, no matter the season. It’s simple, and will cost you NOTHING. She told me that after you brush your teeth, and before you rinse your brush, rub the bristles of your toothbrush over your lips. The bristles and the ingredients in your toothpaste will exfoliate, and will instantly rub away any lingering cells that need to go. She mentioned that this is also a GREAT way to prep your pout for flawless lip color application.
Moisturizing is equally as important as exfoliating. After I exfoliate my lips, I like to dab on a light coat of Vaseline or Aquaphor. This thick moisturizer is great for keeping lips hydrated in the harsh winter months. Another moisturizer that I love is pur~lisse daily lip nourisher. It’s lighter in weight than Vaseline or Aquaphor, but does a great job of adding moisture to your lips.
Lipstick was what my grandmother called her “badge of courage”, and to this day I cannot remember a time that she wasn’t sporting a brilliant red or deep pink. In her spirit, and my admiration for her, I have grown quite a collection of lip colors. Even though I still am apprehensive to always wear a bold shade in my daily life, I am trying to sport a little shade of something as it really does enhance your overall look. One of the best ways I’ve found to accomplish a subtle color is using Arrow Boost Color Enhancing Lip Balm. It is light weight and adds a great shade of color to your pout.
For the days that I do wear a bolder shade, I always follow my lip prep by outlining my lips in No Bleeding Lips – Secret Lip Liner. It is completely transparent, but creates a barrier so that lip colors will not bleed or feather away.
What are some of your favorite ways to achieve a “perfect pout”? Do you have any products that you swear by?