Your Overnight Action Plan for Dry Lips
Our delicate lips really have their work cut out for them during the winter. Between frequent exposure to subzero temps, harsh winds, and dry air, it’s as if our poor puckers are in a constant battle against the elements. To keep your lips looking (and feeling) silky soft and smooth, they’ll need some help. Below we’re sharing our overnight action plan to help you hydrate your parched winter lips. Pucker up!
STEP 1: CLEANSE WITH MICELLAR WATER
First things first, clean your lips. If you wear lipsticks or any tinted formulas during the day, you’ll want to gently wipe away any remaining residue. Assuming you remove your makeup before bed to begin with, all you have to do is extend that love to your lips. Soak a cotton pad with micellar water—Lancôme Eau Fraîche Douceur is a great choice—and sweep it across your lips in gentle circular motions without rinsing. We love using micellar waters because they not only offer a gentle cleansing alternative, but they are also incredibly effective thanks to micelle technology which can help attract and lift impurities. What’s more? No rinsing. Easy, peasy.
STEP 2: SLOUGH AWAY DEAD SKIN CELLS
As tempting as it is to bite at the parched skin on your lips, it’s best to cut the bad habit. Aggressively pulling at your delicate pout with your teeth can wreak havoc, not to mention expose the area to germs and bacteria. To safely remove dead skin cells, reach for a gentle lip exfoliator or scrub.
STEP 3: MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE
Lip balms, salves, and conditioners are a dime a dozen, but not all of them are effective at locking in moisture. The best products to reach for are those formulated with any number of hydrating ingredients, including—but not limited to—shea butter, honey, vitamin E, and essential oils. Before bed, apply your rich lip hydrator of choice as liberally as needed before laying your head down. Since you’re not going out in public or applying any lipstick afterwards, don’t worry if your pout looks a bit slimy. At night, it’s not necessary for your lip formula to contain SPF, but we recommend reaching for an alternative lip conditioner that is formulated with broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher—like Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm in Quenched—for daytime use. Protection against environmental aggressors, like the sun’s harmful UV rays, is equally as important as daily hydration for your pout.
Editor’s Note: If you feel dehydrated, it’s possible that your skin can show it. In addition to using hydrating lip products, make sure to drink the recommended amount of water throughout the day. If your bedroom lacks moisture, consider investing in a humidifier.