Feb 14, 2012 12:45 PM
Baby, it's cold out there, and we all know what frigid air does: Dries you out faster than a visit to the Sahara. Hair, skin, eyes, lips.... Dry, cracked, and lifeless, aka not fun and not attractive. Especially winter-chapped lips. Ow! Today, we've teamed up with the beautistas at Walgreens to bring you some great ideas on getting rid of those painfully parched puckers all winter long.
1. Scrub-a-Lub Your Lips: Scratchy begets scratchy, smooth begets smooth, just as with the rest of your body. If you just slather lip balms on rough lips, it'll never penetrate deep enough to do real healing. Here are a few DIY recipes using ingredients you already have around the house. For each one, mix all ingredients together, apply to lips, and gently scrub with an old, clean toothbrush. Let sit for a few minutes, then rinse with water and apply either lip balm or a few drops of olive oil.
Honey, Honey: 1 teaspoon each honey and baking soda2. It's Balmy Inside (and Out): Going from warm indoors environments to the harsh, cold winter weather outdoors saps your lips of moisture. In the winter, switch to a heavier, thicker balm at night to give your mouth an extra dose of rejuvenation. We love classics like Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15 Cherry ($1.60 on sale), or even classic petroleum jelly. During the day, if you don't wear lip color, regularly apply a soothing lip balm like Nivea A Kiss of Shine Glossy Lip Care SPF 15 ($3) or Eos Medicated Lip Balm (about $8). Tuck it into your pocket and be sure to reapply before you head outside!
Sugar, Sugar: 1 teaspoon each brown sugar and honey
Salty Sweetie: 1 teaspoon each coarse sea salt and olive oil
3. Color Your World: Can't leave the house without your signature scarlet or pink pout? Be sure you exfoliate regularly, so your lipstick or gloss has a smooth surface to stick to, and prep your lips pre-application with a dose of your fave lip balm, slathered on a few minutes before your lip product to give the balm time to soak in. For winter smiles, we love CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor Colorcoat & moisturizing Topcoat ($11), available in 37 luscious hues so there's a color for every gal.
4. Take Care: Winter = Cold & flu season. Wash your hands regularly, drink plenty of water to hydrate your lips and skin from the inside out, eat a balanced diet, exercise, and take multivitamins. Vitamins D and E and Fish Oil supplements are especially important for skin, hair, and nails (and your mental outlook on life!). Never neglect yourself! We're all busy, but there's always time for you.
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