SEAL THAT KISS

PREP PAYS OFF IF YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE THAT PER­FECT POUT, PAR­TIC­U­LARLY WHEN THE COOL, DRY WINDS OF WIN­TER SET IN

The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Front Page - WORDS// S A L LY C OAT E S

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.

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