Brrr! It’s cold out there. The winter weather plays havoc with our skin, and our lips. Hands up who gets chapped lips this time of year? That’ll be down to the heating, then the cold, etc, etc, and it is a horrible, uncomfortable condition.
So, you need to prevent it, and look after them with just a simple routine – use a lip scrub and a bit of lip balm. Try a lip mask, even. And don’t OD on the lip balm – sometimes constantly using it doesn’t help the lips heal.
Pre-lip paint preparation is essential for soft, even and perfectly primed lips. Lightly rub the Barry M Lib Scrub over your lips in circular motions for a gentle exfoliation before rinsing off. For a super soft pout, use in the morning and evenings for a little TLC! – Adam Burrell, Makeup Artist, Barry M
Oh K! have the cutest Cherry Gel Lip Mask (£6, ASOS) available to give your lips a hydrating and moisturising treat. Simply remove the mask from the tray, apply the lip patch onto clean lips, leave on for 10 to 20 minutes, then remove and massage any residue into the lips. It smells delicious!
Vaseline Lip Therapy is a classic go-to lip balm. This year you can get yourself or a friend a personalised tin of the stuff in Original, and now Aloe Vera and Cocoa Butter too. Just £2.99, plus P&P, you can get your personalisation done at personalised-tin.vaseline.co.uk
Another classic, Lypsyl, is now available in the cutest little mirror compacts. Each compact has a handy mini mirror and a a generous helping of Lypsyl SPF 15 lip balm, packed with moisturising shea butter, vitamin E, velvety cocoa butter and nurturing aloe vera. It now comes in four scents – Original, Mandarin, Vanilla, and Orange Blossom. The Lypsyl Soft Touch Mirror Compacts are £4.99, from Superdrug and other stockists, and you can see all the Lypsyl products on lypsyl.co.uk
Finally, a totally sweet lip treat from omnipresent Reese’s. Isn’t it everywhere? I remember going to the US in the late 1990s and bringing back the then unknown peanut butter cups – now you can’t move for them!
Not that peanut butter fans will complain! The Reese’s 3-Piece Tin set (£8, TopShop) has two lip balms and a mirror. Okay, it’s maybe not going to be the best ever lip balm – but really, there’s not a lot to lip balm – but it is cute!