Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

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Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Keep Your Lips Healthy

Share your best tips and tricks for keeping your lips healthy!  Feel free to share your experiences, how you’ve grown, what you’ve learned, and what, ultimately, you found most helpful in learning how to keep your lips healthy.  (And if you haven’t conquered it, hopefully some of these tips will help you get there!)

Temptalia’s Tips

  1. Great lip balm goes a long way!  Lip balm will help hydrate and keep your lips hydrated throughout the day and night.
  2. Stay hydrated in general! Lots of water. (This is something I struggle with!)
  3. Exfoliate lips periodically with either a lip scrub, warm washcloth, or toothbrush.  You can DIY a scrub by mixing some sugar with an oil like jojoba or olive oil.
  4. Don’t lick lips!

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55 thoughts on “How to Keep Your Lips Healthy – Tips & Tricks

  1. Terri

    as I read this, I got to #3, licked my lips and then read #4

  2. Safyre

    Gah it’s SO hard not to lick lips when they’re dry. I’ve been trying to be really good though. :P
    Also may I suggest sugar + honey as a lip scrub, it tastes a lot better than mixing sugar with oil and honey has moisturizing and antibacterial properties :)

  3. Great suggestions. I’m struggling more than usual this year, because the air circulation in our office is messed up, keeping the ambient humidity around 10% (comfortable is rated at 30-40%). I’ve never used so much lip balm in my life! Looking forward to reading everyone’s suggestions.

    • Avatar of Veronica Veronica

      I work in a hospital, so I feel your pain. All that filtered air is so drying. My sinuses are always a mess if I’m gone for a few days and then come back. (That’s not even getting into how badly my hands get from the cleaners we use in the IV room!)

  4. Avatar of Janine Janine

    My lips are a complete nightmare, they are always dry and chapped, no matter what I do. I keep a lip balm by my desk and reapply it all day and use a thicker one at night and try to exfoliate too but nothing seems to help. In my 40 years I’ve never had nice soft lips, it doesnt seem like I ever will :(

    • All I can say is keeping changing lip balms and hopefully you’ll find the right one for you. They’re definitely not all the same (and don’t always work the same for each person)!

      • Avatar of Janine Janine

        thanks Christine. I’ve tried a bunch of them and even bought some of the Jack Black ones from the US (I’m in the UK) and while I like those, they dont last that long.

    • Avatar of Jax Jax

      If you haven’t already tried them I can recommend the shea butter from l’occitane

      • Avatar of Janine Janine

        thanks, I’ll look out for that one.

      • Kelly B.

        Hi Jax, I recently bought a package of L’Occitane products. Can you tell me if you mean the 100% shea butter? I have a tiiiiny round tin of it I’ve been trying to use on lips at night but it is such a solid product I can’t seem to get enough on lips without scraping into it which is a waste. Just wondering if it is the same L’Occitane product you recommended. If so, I’ll keep trying it! Thank you.

        • Jaxotea

          I’ve used both. The 100% shea is more solid than most lip balms the trick is to warm it a little, if you rub your finger over the top of the product repeatedly it warms and melts quite quickly.

          You only need a tiny little bit but just keep rubbing and applying until you feel like you have enough.

          They do have some 10% tubes and sticks but the 100% is much better if you can cope with it.

          Hope you get on with it :-)

          • Kelly B.

            Thank you!!! I REALLY appreciate the clear directions, I’ve been doing it wrong and when I got some out (gouging) of the tin it was so solid it did not spread on my lips. I’m going to use it right now. Yeah!

    • Avatar of Jade Jade

      I feel your pain, I’ve long since given up on actual lip balm, I find they seems to dry my lips out further. Even if they work at the time I feel like they set up a vicious cycle of making my lips NEED balm later. I use multipurpose balms, but the only brands I can think of are New Zealand brands! Trilogy make one, called Everything Balm, which as suggested you can use everywhere! Antipodes make a Skin Saviour balm which I LOVE, (it’s bloody expensive though!!) and they ship to the UK. There may be UK brands that make something similar though.

  5. Avatar of Jax Jax

    Best thing I was ever told was not to use petroleum products on your lips as moisturiser as in the long term it makes them drier and strips the skin.

    If you only use natural oils based balms it is healthier and you can use much less.

    • AwwRITE

      I believe that products like that can’t moisturize anyway–they are meant to seal in moisture but if the lips are damaged there’s no moisture to seal in! What works for me is exfoliating then applying a regular moisturizer that will sink into my lips and then applying Aquaphor to seal in the moisture.

      • AwwRITE

        Koh gen do gommage gel is the most effective exfoliant I’ve used–it is better than my Fresh brown sugar lip scrub. Algenist regenerative anti-aging lotion adds much-needed moisture and the Aquaphor works as a barrier on top. Until I tried that combo a few weeks ago my lips were painfully chapped all year round but now I can smile without my lips cracking!

        • Kelly B.

          Hi, I would REALLY value your input.
          I am considering trying Algenist products. I see a regenerative anti-aging moisturizer for face/neck. Is that the same as the lotion you mentioned or are they different products? I didn’t know it was ok to use on lips…that would be wonderful, despite lots of TLC mine keep cracking and bleeding. Have you been pleased with the Algenist for face too? Do you use any other Algenist products that you would recommend? I have a big tub of Aquafor I’ve only used on scars, this would be a perfect way to get more use out of it if I can find a package of various trial size Algenist products at a good price (they are over my budget). Thank you for any info you can share!

          • AwwRITE

            Hi Kelly! The Algenist moisturizer is a different product even though it sounds similiar. Try not to buy it if it comes in a jar because the ingredients won’t remain stable if they get exposed to air. The Algenist lotion I have comes in a glass pump bottle (much better).
            I like the lotion for face and lips but my skin type may be different from yours. On me, the lotion acts more like a serum in that it sinks in and gives my skin Vit C and what Paula Begoun calls “cell communicating ingredients.” If you are near a Sephora, you can get a free sample to see if you like it. I did try a few other products in their line through free samples but those products were too thick for my skin type.
            Keep in mind that exfoliation is a really important step–if you put the lotion on without doing that you probably won’t help your skin much. Let me know how your search goes!

      • Jaxotea

        Ooo I’ve not heard of that (I’m in the UK) I’ll keep an eye out and scour some sites for it.

        Thanks for the tip

  6. Avatar of hazel Hazel

    1. Exfoliate at least 3x weekly with a gentle scrub
    2. Lansinoh lanolin ointment at bedtime
    3. Any lipstick, lip balm, chapstick during the day
    4. Drink plenty of water

  7. Avatar of Anne Anne

    My lips are CONSTANTLY dry, even though I take care of them. I have tried an awful lot of lipbalms (some good, but I haveb’t found the one yet) and I drink my weight in tea or herbal tea. I must confess that I don’t really exfoliate… I’ll try to do it more often!

  8. somhrita

    yeah i totally struggle with lips… (and cuticles). i use the jackblack balm and it does help but I am on the lookout for something better since I heard about the whole petroleum debate. :/ Any suggestions for non petroleum based UBER moisturizing balms are appreciated.

  9. Diedra

    What is the best lip balm, my lips a desert!? lol

    • For me, Jack Black Lip Balm is still the best that I’ve tried!

    • Avatar of Kesha Kesha

      I also started using Jack Black lip balm and absolutely love it. I’ve tried so many different balms and treatments and prior to trying Jack Black the best one that worked wonders for me was an H20 lip treatment balm that I couldn’t find again to save my life. I received a full tube of it as a free gift so not sure if it ended up being discontinued. Jack Black has actually been a little better than the H20 product and the best one out of a variety of brands and formulas I have tried.

    • Avatar of Julia Julia B.

      I agree with Jack Black Lip Balm for the day, but at night I LOVE NUXE reve de miel. You only need a tiny bit and you buff in into your lips until the minuscule “beads” are gone and you are golden. It has completely changed the way my lips hold moisture.

  10. furandlace

    I have chronic dry lips! I try to take care of them by exfoliating, applying something on them all day even if it’s lipstick and putting balm on at night. All this helps but doesn’t really solve the problem. When there is nothing on them, they continue to be dry. In any event, the best overnight lip balm I have found to date is the Blistex medicated lip ointment. It doesn’t feel like a balm…it feels like a thin cream for the lips and it has helped more than anything has ever helped before. And it’s less expensive than some other products I have tried.

  11. Tigerlillyblu

    If you are looking for a natural lip treatment, I would suggest NUXE Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm. Its not glossy, but matte so its natural looking. The texture is very different too, but not rough. the key ingredient is honey, so there is a hint of both honey in taste and smell. NUXE is a popular French brand that is available in European pharmacies. In the US its available in select US stores (typically where they sell natural cosmetics) and on-line, through Skinstore.com and Space NK to name a few. I just recently started using the balm and I am pleased. I use it during the day (I do find myself touching up a couple times throughout the day) and at night, I use lanolin.

  12. I have large lips and live in the great Northern tundra known as Minnesota – so I like to think I know a thing or two about dry lips! Lately I’ve been obsessed with the MAC lip conditioners. I love the Ricky Viva Glam one, but that line just went out. :( I’m also a huge fan of the Eos lip balms.

  13. Avatar of Phoebe Phoebe

    I have relatively chapped lips at all times, unfortunately. I try to exfoliate, but it doesn’t get it all. In fact, sometimes, exfoliating creates even larger patchy areas. Am I just a terrible exfoliator?

    • Avatar of Julia Julia B.

      Are you using products with petroleum? Petroleum doesn’t sink into the lips, it just sits on top and stops all the dead cells from flaking off and ends up making your lips chapped with greater frequency. So it may not be your exfoliating technique, but rather the products you are using.

    • Avatar of Veronica Veronica

      Nah, exfoliation can be hit or miss for me, too. I just have some days where I can where nothing but balm.

      Have you tried applying an oil-based balm before you go to bed? They tend to absorb more slowly than cream or aqueous balms, which allows them to last through the night. I found that helped significantly to keep my lips better moisturized.

  14. Janelle

    My first comment! Of course I have been lurking for quite awhile :) I have found that for me, and I have constantly dry lips where I can peel off *sheets* of skin is the EOS Medicated Tangerine balm. It slouched off the dry skin and left me with smooth lips. I have tried hundreds of lip balms and to me this is the HG. I also have had good luck with the l’occitane (sp?) that has been described here. I have found that some products just exacerbate my lips such as Lancome Juicy tubes or MAC lip products (other than the balm and the ones that used to come in the little pots). Pay attention to what you are using and see if anything is making your lips worse.

  15. charlotte

    My two key products are Blistex medicated lip ointment, every night after I remove my makeup.. and Carmex lip balm whenever needed. I wear only Maybelline 24hr lipcolor which can be drying and these two keep my lips soft and smooth summer or winter. I also use Chapstick during the day on top of my lip color, it is one of the few balms I have found that will not break down the lipstick, since I seldom ever carry the lipstick with me during the day. I keep one in every vehicle and another in my purse.

  16. Ellie

    Don’t do what I did and keep applying lip balm you’re allergic to (blistex moisture melt), all the while believing that the burning sensation just means you need more lip balm. *facepalm*

  17. Avatar of Kristina Kris

    And I follow… none of the above! My lips are constantly chapped. I only apply lip balm in the morning, I don’t drink enough water, I exfoliate but it doesn’t seem to make a difference, and I ALWAYS lick my lips.

    I feel like a terrible make-up lover because I essentially talk myself out of buying lipstick since my lips cannot pull it off :(

  18. helen

    I apply Carmex (from tube, not pot) on lips before bed and i apply an aloe/vitamin E balm (let it sink into lips and then blot) before any lipstick.
    Keeps my lips moist and hydrated especially in this very cold Canadian winter!!

  19. I use Lush’s sugar scrub, the Sweet one :) Palmer’s coco-butter stick, its a monster chubby swivel stick…. it so good1!

  20. Avatar of rebecca blueraccoon

    I find my trick is to *always* have some kind of product on my lips. Even if it’s not lip balm, I tend to go for moisturizing lipsticks and lip glosses so that works too…today I started out with Korres Lip Butter Glaze, then as I left work switched to a Tarte pencil, and now that I’m home I’m trying a new Nivea lip balm. I exfoliate in the evenings when I remember, although I’ve found a washcloth or paper towel even works better than my lip scrub sometimes. I do have a bad habit of picking at chapped lips, though, until I can peel the dead skin off. Doesn’t help anything and only makes it worse, and yet…

    • Avatar of rebecca blueraccoon

      Also, as a lip balm addict, a few I’ve liked and disliked: Burts’ Bees is really, really good, and I come back to this one a lot. I adore my Fresh lip balms, but they are pricey and I find they melt easily in summer (I keep them in the fridge). Also they don’t do as good a job when my lips are *really* chapped. Jack Black is good for when I really need intense moisture but I try not to use it much because it has petrolatum in it. First Aid Beauty ultra lip repair is good for a sink-in balm. EOS lip balm I don’t find to be that moisturizing. Maybelline Baby Lips is okay for a basic balm; I don’t think it does much for super moisture but it’s not bad if you just need a quick slick of something. Nivea Smooth Kiss I like; it’s very slippery and I think it moisturizes well. Caudalie lip conditioner I find a bit dry; it’s okay, but not great and I don’t reach for it often. I just picked up two Neutrogena revitalizing lip balms tonight and I really like them so far, but they do have petrolatum in them so if you avoid that you may not want these. (They don’t really feel like it, which surprised me.) Fresh advanced therapy I like better than the regular balms but again, melty and expensive.

  21. I am so sad to say that the best lip product I have ever used is no where to be found. It’s by Veria and it’s called Vanilla Organic Lip Balm. It is the best! I got it free a couple of years ago and could never find it again. For now I use Dessert Essence Lip Rescue Ultra Hydrating. I use it every night before bed and my smoocher is soft and smooth!

  22. Avatar of Gena Gena

    My two cents:
    Avoid products with camphor, menthol, peppermint oil, and citrus; these ingredients are all very drying and irritating to skin
    I’m on a lifelong search for the most moisturizing lip products! My fave: Qtica Lip Treatment–available on the Zoya website. Napoleon Perdis Lip Treatment (not exactly sure what this is called, but it’s available at Ulta.) Lo-Lo Bar Lip Balm is awesome, too; check out BarMaids.com. Don’t be fooled by its appearance; this is NOT your average waxy lip balm–it really works!

  23. Avatar of Laura Laura

    I might look like a crazy person, but keeping my mouth covered with a scarf when I’m outside in cold, windy weather helps a lot. And I always use lip balm with SPF during the day. Salt wreaks havoc on my lips, so I tend to avoid salty snacks.

  24. Avatar of Jenna Jenna

    Not all balms are created equal. I was away from home for a week, without my favorite lip balm, and used ChapStick and Carmex instead. That was a huge mistake. The best combo is Lush Sugar Lips scrub and Honey Trap balm. Burt’s Bees is good, but too waxy.

  25. you can use honey for great lips. aply every morning a bit of honey on your lips

  26. CoyoteWinter

    The only lip balm I’ve ever found to work are the Hurraw lip balms, which are pretty cheap too. They actually feel like they are moisturizing and sinking into my lips, where everything else just sat on top and felt goopy. Even Burt’s Bees balm, which I often hear complimented, just felt waxy and useless. All petroleum based balms were just irritating for my lips and caused more dryness.

    There really is a huge difference in the quality of lip balms, so if you’re reading this in frustration, don’t give up! Try another lip balm which is not petroleum based!