The weather is taken its toll on my hair, my skin and my cuticles…so why should my lips be any different? They’ve been intermittently chapped for weeks, so this Sunday, I was forced to take drastic measures.
Step One: Scrub. You can’t moisturize until you remove all of the dead skin. On the top end of the scale is a beauty blogger favorite, the Sara Happ lip scrub. If you’re not comfortable spending such sums for lip scrub, you have two options, buy a cheaper one (Sweet Lips from Lush is $9) or make your own. The phenomenally stylish duo behind the blog Honestly…WTF have a solid recipe.
Step Two: Hydrate. For the money, there is no better product for rehydrating dry lips, elbows, heels and cuticles than Eucerin Aquaphor. This miracle balm repairs and hydrates like no other. If you’d like something petroleum free, Josie Maran Argan Body Oil also has amazing moisturizing powers.
Step Three: Protect. Once you have your lips back on the path to health, you need to keep them there. I love Fresh’s Advanced Lip Treatment, it hydrates and medicates without being too greasy or sticky. Need something from a drugstore? Try Blistex Medex.
If it’s not your lips you’re worried about, I use the Aquaphor to hydrate my feet and hands, but I use the Bliss softening gloves and socks to give it extra oomph. And if the man in your life needs a little help in this area, I would try Skincando’s Combat Ready Balm and Lip Balm. They care for dry and damaged skin but are macho man friendly.
So as the winter blahs take hold of your skin, how do you fight back?