A lot of women neglect the importance of taking care of their lips. They focus more on slathering moisturizer onto the face when in fact the lips are also an important part of your feature. Your lips is also delicate and require some TLC. Caring for your lips is vital to prevent it from showing any signs of premature aging and keeps it plump and younger looking for a long period of time. The following are some tips on how to take care of your puckers.
1. Wear Sunscreen
You should apply a lip balm that has SPF of at least 15 to protect it from UV rays. Applying lip gloss onto your lips is similar to putting tanning lotion on your skin as it will only reflect the sunlight directly on the skin of your lips causing more harm than good. The right way to do it is to apply your lip balm with SPF, followed by your favorite lip gloss.
Exfoliating your lips will remove dead skin cells that have accumulated on your lips and reveal a younger looking pout. The right way to exfoliate the lips is to use a soft bristled toothbrush or a damp wash cloth and apply it onto your mouth in a circular motion. If you are a bit sick about this doing this method, you can try making a homemade lip scrub by combining brown sugar plus extra virgin oil. This is cheaper and easier to do instead of buying an expensive lip scrub at the mall. Wash your lips with warm water and finish off by applying a petroleum jelly or your moisturizing lip balm.
3. Know The Different Types Of Lipsticks
There are various finishes of lipsticks out there and these are sheer, matte and creamy. Choose one which would suit you best. The sheer type of lipstick is usually made of water based ingredients which are very easy to apply on your lips even without a precise application. These only last for a couple of hours thus, you need to apply it as often as you can. Matte has a dry finish and requires a careful application to prevent looking like a clown. Some people prefer sheer types of lipstick as matte can look a bit harsh. Matte lipsticks tend to dry your lips and can emphasize old and cracked lips. The solution is to prep your lips beforehand with the exfoliation techniques that were mentioned above. Some people end up applying a clear lip gloss because of the harshness of a matte lipstick. Creamy type of lipstick is somewhere between sheer and matte.
4. Nourish Your Lips Every Night
The best way to prevent signs of premature aging is to apply a moisturizing lip balm onto your mouth every night before hitting the sack. There are a lot of good products on the market that are designed to repair your lips while you are off to dreamland. A cheaper alternative is using a petroleum jelly.
5. Cut Down Smoking
Smoking not only ruins your health but also leaves your skin looking dull and lifeless. Suffering from premature aging and fine lines are also caused by smoking .More so, puffing cigars can leave “puckering” lines onto your lips. Do yourself a favor and put those cigarette sticks down.