SEAL THAT KISS
PREP PAYS OFF IF YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE THAT PERFECT POUT, PARTICULARLY WHEN THE COOL, DRY WINDS OF WINTER SET IN
Never underestimate the faithful ChapStick when it comes to making it though even our tropical winter. In a cruel twist of biological fate, licking dry lips kickstarts a vicious cycle and only lip balm can save you.
It’s the lack of humidity in the air that contributes to chapping, as well as the cold, dry winds that seem to turn up exactly when you don’t need them, so a level of protection is essential to prevent the damage occurring in the first place.
We moisturise our bodies habitually and there’s no reason lips should be exempt from that step in the beauty process.
Lip balm with a natural base, such as honey, coconut or almond oil, is ideal.
You can also work a lip scrub into your morning or evening ritual. They’re great for quick exfoliation of damaged skin and will make your lips soft and supple with minimal effort.
Lush does a range of different-flavoured options – load a little bit of product on your finger, do a onceover of your lips, rub them together and you’re done.
Help the exfoliation along by gently using a softbristled toothbrush.
If you’ve neglected this step and your smackers have already fallen into torturous territory, stop licking them immediately and hightail it to the chemist.
Instead of grabbing the first balm that catches your eye, have a look at the packaging to see if there are any nasty flavour or colour additives and what the base ingredients are.
The last step is to buy at least five of those bad boys and stash them everywhere – your car, workplace, bedroom, bathroom, coat pockets – because, while you may have a natural bright red lip happening, it’s definitely not the kissable kind.