Now that winter is here, it's important to keep your lips protected and hydrated. Here's a few of my recommendations....
Hydrate & Protect
Every jacket pocket and every drawer (at home and work) should have something to hydrate your lips. Going for a run? Sitting inside? Going to bed? Getting ready to go out? Put something on your lips. When you're outside, it's the cold dry wind. When you're inside it's the dry heat.
I keep it simple, I stock up at Whole Foods or my local health food store. They have a great selection of inexpensive and effective lip moisturizers. My favorite continues to be the original Burt's Bees. Coconut Oil is another perfect option. Scoop some into a small container and keep it in your night table. There's also a lot of high end treatment products out there specifically targeted for pluming and reducing lines. Dermalogica makes a nice one.
Getting the dead skin off your lips helps your moisturizer work better. It also provides a smooth surface for your lip color.
I love fancy sugar scrubs. They come in all flavors and are so much fun. Lush has a lot of really fun ones. If you're feeling crafty, here's a recipe for a DIY:
DIY Lip Scrub
1 tsp white sugar
1/2 tsp table salt
1 tsp oil - use whatever you have - Olive oil, coconut oil and grapeseed oil all work well
1/2 tsp honey (optional)
You can also add a few drops of mint oil if you choose