5 Ways To Keep Your Lips Moisturized

15th Feb 2015

Matte lipsticks have definitely been a favorite among make-up lovers this past year. Especially during the winter months it can really have a toll on your lips causing them to be chapped or simply dry them out. Here are 5 ways to keep them moisturized year round:

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1. Before you wash your face, apply a balm to your lips. Your cleanser may actually be drying out your lips—both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide disrupt your pH balance and can cause chapping.

2. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. Use a store bought lip exfoliator or make an at-home paste with sugar and honey. For very sensitive lips, use a clean, soft toothbrush and brush it back and forth.

3. Drink water. Hydrating from the inside will help keep your lips from getting dry.

4. Don’t lick your lips. We lick our dry lips to add some moisture, but it actually dries them out even more. Your saliva contains acids that break down food, but they also irritate your lips. Plus, continuously licking will remove any natural oils you have on your lips.

5. The oldest trick in the book -- petroleum jelly. Even chapstick will do the trick. Just anything that will keep your lips moist throughout the day and when you're heading to bed. It doesn't hurt to put it on right before you apply your matte lipsticks either as a protective coat.