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Just like finding the perfect skin-care routine, a lip-care routine is important.
Also, the change into the cold weather requires you take extra care of your pout. Lips generally tend to become more dry, chapped and discoloured during winter.
Here’s a lip-care routine you can use to make sure you can mark your lips safe from the winter blues.
The first step to your lip care routine actually works internally – water! Staying hydrated, preferably by drinking water instead of coffee, tea or cool drinks, can avoid dry and chapped lips.
The best way to remove dry skin and chapped lips is to exfoliate gently.
Sugar is one of the best bases for your lip scrub because it is a natural exfoliant, the texture of the granules gets rid of dry skin.
You can use sugar and honey, or sugar and an oil base, to make this scrub. Brown sugar is ideal but white sugar also does the trick.
Apply lip scrub to your lips and leave for a minute. Using circular motions, rub in your lip scrub until you feel the dry skin slipping off. Use a towel or face cloth moistened with warm water to remove traces of the scrub.
You can use your lip scrub every two or three days during winter.
An overnight natural lip mask is effective in reducing flakiness. It also helps to give your lips a more hydrated, refreshed look and a softer feel.
You can make a natural lip mask with two ingredients: Honey and lemon juice. Honey moisturises your lips and lemon juice helps in lightening your lips. You can use a lip mask weekly but it is safe to use more often.
Just like a primer is used on your face before foundation and concealer, a lip primer prepares your lips for lipstick.
A lip primer is especially important to provide a layer protective layer on your lips before applying lipstick or lip glosses.
Ideally you should avoid matte lipsticks that dry your lips. In winter you might go for a liquid matte lipstick, which is easier on your skin.
An oil-based lip balm is the best moisturiser in winter because the texture of oil lasts longer than other liquid bases. It keeps your lips moisturised for longer.