I’ve recently noticed this trend of over-exfoliating your lips. I’ve seen a plethora of videos of mostly women suggesting that one should over-exfoliate their lips. As an esthetician, this honestly worries me. I love smooth lips. I love having them look great when I wear lipstick, too. However, I can’t get behind this fad of abusing them.
While a lot of attention is paid to taking care of the skin around your eyes, it’s also very important to mention that your lips need just as much attention and care. Think about it, your lips take a daily beating. You use them to eat. You speak with them. You kiss with them! They’re overworked! And as many things that work tirelessly, they also deserve some pampering and rest.
The skin on your lips is thinner than the rest of your face. Unlike the face that has about 16 cellular layers, the lips have about 5. That’s a HUGE difference. You know how you’re only supposed to exfoliate the skin on your face 1 to 2 times a week? Why would anyone exfoliate their lips every single day? And on top of that, why would anyone not moisturize their lips when they moisturize the rest of their body?
It’s a problem, everyone.
So, Mely what can I do to take better care of my lips? said curious lip-loving Internet person. Well, Internet person, I’m glad you asked.
Mely’s top 5 tips for better looking lips:
1. Exfoliate no more than twice a week. I make my own exfoliator using almond oil and brown sugar! it smells like cookie dough. I’ll make a new batch and add the recipe on here sometime this month.
2. Moisturize, moisturize, and moisturize! It’s so important! You can use the moisturizer you use on your face. I personally like to use Tarte’s Maracuja Oil for my lips. You can also use Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Protection Cream. I love the stuff and it’ll definitely do the trick.
3. Always have lip balm with your, in your purse, so it can be applied on those cute lips. Buy one with SPF 20-30. Lips do get sunburned! My favorite lip balms are: Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm with SPF 25 or my favorite inexpensive brand is Carmex.
4. Take it easy with those rough lip products. A burning sensation is never a good sign.
5. Pamper them with a lip mask! It can be weekly or every couple of weeks, but definitely go for it if you feel that your lips have received an intense beating that week. My go-to is Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask