Let your lips shine!

Perfecting the perfect pout naturally, that is the goal. Our lips are designed for lots of lovely activities including kissing, eating and talking. With all that hard work they require a little nurturing!

The skin on our lips is thinner than on other parts of the body and that is one of the reasons they often dry out, particularly in cold weather. If we lick them frequently we coat them in saliva, which contains digestive enzymes; the combination of this sitting on your lips and drying means that moisture evaporates causing them to feel chapped and sore.

So clearly licking our lips is the least effective way to keep them healthy and moisturised. Time to employ the services of a luscious lip balm, oil or good old Vaseline. This provides a protective coating, which seals in moisture. For an organic treat that offers sun protection try Lavera’s organic lip balm, which contains nourishing oils and plant waxes to protect and care for your lips.

Lips can also benefit from a lip scrub. Sounds painful but really it isn’t. A gentle lip scrub such as Lush’s Bubblegum Lip Scrub will gently remove dead skin cells and buff your lips up ready for the application of your favourite lipstick. You can even make your own lip scrub at home with a little sugar, olive oil and honey – although try not to lick it too much if you want your teeth to remain happy! You will find that lipstick stays on longer if you buff your lips before application.

If you want your lips to look plump and shiny without any invasive treatments, you can opt for a lip plumper product. These products contain ingredients such as cinnamon or capsicum, which essentially slightly irritate the skin just enough to give the illusion of the lips looking plumper, combined with a high gloss this gives a short term temporary boost for a night out, without any drastic side effects. For instant plump perfection why not try Smashbox’s O’Plump Intuitive Lip Plumper, which claims to react with your own body’s chemistry to create a cute, pink, plump pout! Or try SoOrganic’s Madara Sun Kissed Bronze Lip gloss which contains volume-boosting plant lipids and Northern Rose Hip.

Or if you’re hoping to redefine your lips and keep them looking youthful try Nu Colour® Contouring Lip Gloss for full, shapely, youthful looking lips. The product features an oligopeptide, which Nu Skin claim is clinically proven to stimulate collagen production.

A collection of lippy balms
A collection of lippy balms

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