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Your lips have a different type of skin than the rest of your body. It’s thin, without a corneal layer. This thinness makes it very vulnerable to attack by pollution, sunlight, wind, cold and the dryness of homes in winter. Overdoing caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes also contributes to dehydration of the lips and the skin in general. Here are a few helpful hints for rescuing dry lips.
Exfoliate your lips gently at least once a week. This gets rid of small pieces of dry skin that are often a source of discomfort, and unattractive as well.
Use a good exfoliant specially intended for this purpose and apply it in small circular movements. Your lips will regain all their softness and suppleness.
Moisturizing lip balm goes everywhere you go: moisturize your lips several times a day, especially at bedtime. Choose cocoa butter or shea butter-based lip balms, rich in honey or beeswax, ingredients that moisturize deeply. Some lip balms are enriched with vitamins A and E and trace elements, favouring long-term moisturization.
If your lips are chapped, you can supplement your moisturization routine by applying vaseline or calendula-based cream at bedtime. We like Avène Cold Cream Lip Balm, perfect for very dry lips.
Tip: When you apply a moisturizing mask, put a small quantity of this product on your lips to moisturize them too.
Good to know: Did you know that dark, creamy lipstick protects against sunlight and retains moisture?
Don’t leave home without your solar protection lip balm! Summer or winter, before going outdoors, protect your lips with a moisturizing lip balm containing sunscreen. Always have lip balm on hand – you should even get one for every purse! We like a legendary product called Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm, tested here in Canada under extreme conditions.
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