Summer Lip Care: Tips to Protect Your Pout
By now, you’ve hopefully been stocking up on SPF—and using it daily—ahead of summer’s long beach days and time spent outdoors. Fingers crossed you haven’t overlooked caring for your sensitive lip area, too. Lip care is often an afterthought in our skin routines. But since lips typically bear the brunt of seasonal changes, they need some extra TLC to keep them in good condition. Here, we’re sharing tips to help keep your pout hydrated and protected all season.
You likely exfoliate your face and body as part of a regular skin routine, but are you including the oft-neglected lip area? Just like skin elsewhere, lips can collect dead skin cells and residue. Exfoliate them weekly with a DIY lip scrub or The Body Shop Lip Scuff. Formulated with crushed fig stone granules and macadamia nut oil to help slough off dead skin cells, it helps moisturize lips. Not only will you adore the refreshing menthol scent thanks to its formulation with peppermint oil, you’ll also be head over heels for your newly soft and smooth lips. After exfoliating, follow up with a coat of your favorite lip balm or a lipstick with skin care benefits!
True, chapped lip season is closely associated with winter’s cold spells, but you’re not home free in warmer temps. In fact, with lips exposed to excess heat, UV rays, and moisture-sucking air conditioners, they may be left feeling less than supple quite quickly. To keep dry, cracked lips at bay, moisturize with hydrating lip balms, salves, conditioners, and butters. It seems like a no-brainer, but not all lip treatments are created equal. We love Lancôme Absolue Precious Cells Nourishing Lip Balm because it is formulated with Acacia honey, beeswax, and rosehip seed oil to leave lips softer, smoother, and plumper-looking. Additionally, the lip balm is formulated with pro-xylane—an ingredient shown to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles—and vitamin E. Coconut oil is also a great option for hydrating dry, chapped lips in a snap.
PROTECT WITH SPF
Sun protection is crucial year-round for your body and face, and your lips are no exception. Lips have no melanin, which makes them more susceptible to sun damage caused by UV exposure. And anyone who has ever experience sunburnt lips can attest, it’s not a fun time. Reach for a lip balm or lipstick with SPF of 15 or higher. The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Care Stick SPF 15 is formulated with vitamin E and SPF 15 to hydrate, protect and soothe dry lips. Coat it onto your pout—and reapply at least every two hours for optimal protection—underneath your lipstick, or opt to wear it alone.