It’s officially summer! Chances are you’ve perfected your daily summer skincare routine. But, can the same be said for your lips?
Before you dash outdoors, here are our top five tips for soft, smooth lips, all summer long.
MAKE TIME FOR A LITTLE LIP SERVICE
A few minutes a day is all it takes to give your lips some love. Wash away the drying effects of daily dirt and make-up with a facial cleansing wipe, and follow with a hydrating lip balm to soften your lips. Another thing to remember?
Lip balm tins and tubs can harbour bacteria and germs, so replace yours regularly for a clean and healthy pout.
ADD SOME SUNSHINE TO YOUR LIPS
Brighten up your look – whatever the weather – with a bold pop of lip colour or a subtle slick of shimmery gloss. Still looking for your perfect shade? Don’t be afraid to mix and match your favourite tones to create your unique colour combination. It’s easy! And, if you’re still hesitant to rock out a bold new hue, start by lightly dabbing your chosen colour onto your lips using your fingers and then build up the intensity of colour when you’re ready. No gloss at hand? A generous dab of lip balm can double up and give the perfect summer shine to help keep your lips in tip-top condition.
TAKE COVER FROM THE SUN
Still cold and grey outside? Bring your own pop of colour with a new tinted balm for a feel-good boost. Lipstick can feel a little heavy in spring so switch out matte, winter formulas for a lightweight tinted lip balm instead. Not only will it add a splash of colour to your new season look, it’ll hydrate and moisturise your lips too. Another tip? Add a touch to cheeks for a peachy, spring-time glow.
TIMING IS EVERYTHING
Did you know, unlike the rest of your skin, there are no sweat glands on your lips? That’s why they’re often the first to feel the drying effects of the great outdoors. Ouch! Another lip-drying culprit? Brushing your teeth! It washes away natural oils from the skin around your lips. So, always apply your moisturiser and lip balm as the final steps of your routine, to make sure your lips, and the surrounding skin, stay hydrated and moisturised.
BREAK THE HABIT
Kiss goodbye to bad habits like biting or licking your lips, which can dry out and crack delicate skin. Kick-start new lip care habits like gently exfoliating your lips with a face cloth and dabbing some extra hydrating moisturiser onto them before bed. Next up? A slick of a barrier lip balm helps to prevent moisture loss overnight so you can wake up to soft, moisturised and cared-for lips.