Lips: Winter Survival Tips

07 27th, 2016

Winter can be brutal on your skin, even if you have a comprehensive skin care routine. Cold, windy, dry weather and being closed in air conditioned and heated spaces contribute to dehydration and for most of us, our skin comes out the other side of winter in a little less than stellar condition.

Of all the areas of your skin, your lips are the most vulnerable to the effects of winter. It’s very common, particularly in cold weather, to experience dryness, soreness, and even chapped and cracked lips during the winter months. Why are your lips so vulnerable?

Lips are one part of the body that, no matter how rugged up you are against the cold weather, they are always exposed. Additionally, your lips are prone to very easily becoming dehydrated, and when this happens, they shrink in size. The skin on the lips is considerably thinner than anywhere else on the body (and this is what gives them their rosy colour, as the underlying blood vessels are more easily seen). Lips also have no oil glands, which provide the skin elsewhere on the body with a protective barrier.

Whether you have a wedding or formal event coming up or not, you will wish to keep your lips in as good a condition as possible year-round – it’s almost impossible to successfully wear a lip colour when your lips are chapped. As such, winter will need a little more attention to keeping your lips looking and feeling great.

Here are some basic winter survival tips for your lips:

  • Make sure you drink plenty of water every day to keep your body hydrated.
  • Protect your lips from the sun even in the middle of winter and on dull days. The lips are one of the areas most vulnerable to developing skin cancer –prevention is always better than cure.
  • Don’t lick your lips! This can damage them even more and if they are sore, will make them sorer.
  • Exfoliate lips once a week. Use a gentle product. A simple home remedy you can use is a sugar scrub – simply add 2 drops of olive oil or coconut oil to a half teaspoon of sugar. Gently scrub lips with the mixture for a few minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water.
  • Use a lip balm with ingredients such as Shea butter, beeswax, Vitamin E, lanolin, and jojoba. Coconut oil is also very healing to use on your lips. Some suggested lip balms include Avene Cold Cream Lip Balm, Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil, Ecoya Lip Balm, and Carmex Lip Balm Jar. These products are very nourishing and soothing to the delicate lip area, created especially for that purpose and are great value for money.
  • Matte lipsticks can be very drying; they won’t look or feel good to wear if you have dry, cracked or chapped lips. Choose instead a hydrating lip colour, or wear a hydrating balm underneath your lipstick. Tinted lip balms can be a great option for everyday wear – try one from Burt’s Bees.
  • Always remove your makeup, including any lip colour, before going to bed.
  • Don’t smoke, and always consume alcohol in moderation – both smoking and alcohol will damage and age your lips prematurely.

Kylie Price, your professional wedding makeup artist in Sydney, uses only the very best professional-grade lip products and in addition to following the advice above, she will offer you guidance as a bride-to-be at your trial session to ensure that, no matter what time of year you marry, your lips will look their best!


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