My Lipcare Recommendations
Recently (aka for the past eighteen years), I have truly struggled with dry, chapped lips which just do not get better no matter what. I've tried just about every drugstore lip treatment and nothing cuts the bill! But from my experience of reasonably-priced lipcare products, this is what I deem to be the best!
To start out, you're going to want a good lip scrub. These lush lip scrubs retail at £5.50 which seems rather on the pricey side for a bit of sugar in a pot, but personally I think they're worth the money and I am willing to pay. I've only ever tried the bubblegum scrub (candy floss flavoured) and santa's lip scrub (cola flavoured) but I love them both, particularly the bubblegum one. I'm not really sure why it's called bubblegum lip scrub and yet it's described as having a candy floss flavour but THERE YOU GO, the world is a mystery to us all. And Santa's lip scrub is only available at Christmas (who'd have guessed?) so if you're looking for some cola in your life, you're going to have to wait a few months. Basically you just scrub these on your lips to get rid of any dead skin and dirt and stuff and then either lick it off or wipe it off with a wash cloth. Personally I lick it off even though some people think that's gross because I am fearless (and it tastes amazing). There's some pretty fabulous ingredients in these (though the ingredients are few) such as jojoba oil which makes them extra awesome.
Anyway, if you want a good lip scrub, I will just let you know that you do not need to pay £5.50, though you may want to. You can easily make your own! There are a lot of recipes out there. Usually all you need is a bit of sugar, olive oil, coconut oil, vanilla flavouring and such ingredients and you whack them all together, shove it in a pot and you're ready to go. HOWEVER. You don't even need to go to that extent! You could just take a lip balm (preferably something in a squeezy bottle like Carmex) and dip it into a bit of sugar and then scrub that onto your lips. It's as easy as that. I'd recommend scrubbing your lips every morning if you're planning on wearing lipstick, particularly if it's a matte lipstick, and on days where your lips are just looking gross.
So once your lips are nice and smooth and potentially tasting like a fairy has pooped on them, you're going to need some lip balm to stop them from drying out. I would never recommend using a scrub if you don't have a lip balm to follow it up!
I have truly tried every single lip balm under the sun. Well, maybe not every lip balm. But SO MANY LIP BALMS. The only ones that do anything at all the my lips are Carmex and Blistex. The other lip balms simply create a sort of greasy layer on my lips which doesn't moisturise at all. In fact, it prevents additional moisture from getting to your lips. Bad idea. I'm sure you're all aware that some lip balms also have ingredients in them which dry your lips out rather than moisturise so you'll keep on applying it. I'm not sure which actually do that but apparently some do. I've also heard that Salicylic Acid dries out your lips though, and that's an ingredient in Carmex. So who knows! The classic Carmex lip balm has a tingley, minty taste and feeling to it and it does what it says on the tin and moisturises your lips while you're wearing it. It requires a few applications through the day for me. I always wear this before applying lipstick. The Blistex Intensive Moisturiser has that same, minty, tingly feeling to it but it's not so much of a lip balm as a moisturiser. It literally looks like a moisturiser - it's creamy and white in colour. If I'm having a no make up day I'll wear this and I always put it on before I go to bed. I don't know if you'd want to wear it throughout the day if you're going to be seen by people because it can be visible on the lips and who wants white lips? Nobody! I'm always looking for natural alternatives to lip balms (and everything in life really) and I tried out coconut oil and mentioned it in a previous post so just head on over to that if you're interested.
Finally, if your lips are feeling extra awful (a bit like mine right now which are in fact bleeding) but you want some colour in your life, a tinted lip balm is the way forward! I love the flavour of this Baby Lips as it is peach in both flavour and colour. This doesn't give a huge amount of colour but it is a PEACH TINT so what can you expect? I'd recommend getting one of the pink ones because a pink or red tint is going to show up more. Definitely still wear a lip balm underneath this though because it's really not at all moisturising. I've heard some people saying that it is, but perhaps those people don't have lips like the Sahara Desert. It's just your average lip balm but not really for moisturising purposes! Still better than a lipstick or lip gloss, but, for me, it really didn't cut it as the type of thing I'd wear daily.
With all of this, my lips still hurt a lot of the time! Next on my list of things to fix my lips is the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour lip balm (or whatever it's called) and La Roche Posay's lip balm of which I cannot remember the name but somebody recommended it to me! If you have any recommendations for things to fix these salted slugs on my face please let me know, I NEED YOUR ADVICE, BEAUTY EXPERTS!