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Quick-fire tips to help keep your pout perfect
DO Use a balm containing petroleum or beeswax to create a barrier that helps seal in moisture. We like Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm*, £3.99/399 points.
DON’T Pick dry patches, as it can make lips bleed. Irritating the skin around your mouth may also spark a cold sore if you’re prone.
DO Remember SPF throughout the year, as with skincare. If you’re going to be outdoors, wear a balm with at least SPF15 – try No7 Lovely Lips Lip Balm SPF15*, £4.50/450 points.
DON’T Lick cracked lips – this will only make them drier when your saliva evaporates.
DO Cover your lips with a scarf when you’re outside in winter to shield against cold air and help prevent dryness.
DON’T Forget a pop of colour – we love Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint-In Balm in No9*, £28/2,800 points.
‘Keep sore and flaky lips clear of your shampoo and cleanser while showering to avoid further drying,’ advises Kirsten Carriol, founder of skincare brand Lano. ‘Afterwards, gently rub them with a towel to buff away skin that’s already loose.’
STEP 1 Remove lipstick before bed with Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips*, £17/1,700 points (125ml).
STEP 2 Treat lips to New Clinique Pep-Start Pout Restoring Night Mask*, £16/1,600 points (10ml). Layer on at night to help fill lines and plump skin. Genius.
STEP 3 Exfoliate with Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Treatment, £8.99/899 points (12.5ml), twice a week, or when you notice lipstick isn’t sitting correctly. The grain-free gloss zaps dryness without scrubbing.
STEP 4 Moisturise the next day with Eucerin Dry Skin Intensive Lip Balm, £6/600 points (10ml). It helps to reduce redness around lips caused by dryness.
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‘Lips don’t have sebaceous (oil) glands,’ explains Kirsten. ‘They’re very sensitive and require extra care. Even just licking them can make them dry.’
*Available in selected stores.
Words Abbie-Joelle Skliarsky Photography Florian Sommet/Trunk Archive