Lips take such a beating because they have no sweat, nor oil glands. We also bite them, lick them, eat with them, talk with them, kiss with them, let alone expose them to extreme weather. Redheads, here are a few lip practices you should be implementing into your daily beauty routine:
To combat changing weather in the winter, turn to honey as an all-natural moisturizer to keep your lips from getting chapped. Not only is it tasty, but honey is also anti-microbial and is incredibly humectant, which locks moisture into my lips. It’s easy, affordable, and available almost everywhere. Just a dab before bed provides incredible results for the entire next day.
“Not only is sugar good for removing hair, but it helps with softening lips. If your lips feel chapped, you can safely exfoliate them with a sugar paste made from a tablespoon of sugar and add a few drops of olive oil (extra virgin is best). Mix and add oil slowly until you have a soft scrub paste. Apply in circular motions over the lips, then gently rinse away. Pat softly with a towel,” recommends Lyn Tackett from Genesis Studio Spa in Waterloo, Iowa.
‘Redhead Friendly’ Lip Scrub: Sara Happ Lip Scrub
3. AVOID INGREDIENTS LIKE MENTHOL:
“Avoid irritating ingredients like menthol, which is commonly found in many lip balms and treatments. Avoid lip stains, which can dry out your lips, especially during the winter. Avoid any plumping lipsticks or glosses; the plumping action actually comes from irritating ingredients. If you’re sensitive, like most redheads are, skip these all year long. Glosses can work if they are super creamy and adhere well, but gloss will highlight flakes on already chapped lips and if it’s a sticky gloss or one that wears off easily, all the reapplication can irritate your lips, so avoid if possible,” says Jennifer Trotter from Lip Service Professional Makeup Artistry in Fort Worth, TX.
4. CHOOSE ALL-NATURAL LIP MOISTURIZERS:
“A great tip for those who suffer from chapped lips is to wear lip balms. It will keep you from biting or licking your lips as much as you would if you had bare lips,” says Trotter. “Choose simple lip balms with good ingredients because they will adhere to your lips without irritation.”
‘Redhead Friendly’ All-Natural Lip Balm: Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lip Balm
5. LIP MOISTURIZERS WITH SPF:
“If you aren’t allergic to sunscreen ingredients, choose a balm with SPF 15 to further protect lips from winter sun when out doing winter sports, cover your mouth with a scarf to avoid the sun, wind and cold.” Trotter also recommends coating lips every morning in balm or lipstick, use a balm under lipstick (let it soak while you do your makeup, then apply lipstick), and coat lips again every night.
‘Redhead Friendly’ SPF Lip Balm: Sun Bum SPF 30 Lip Balm
Rock it like a Redhead!