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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Ultimate Lip Repair Kit

The Ultimate Lip Repair Kit

It's Winter, so sooner or later your lips are more than likely to become dried out, chapped and generally weather beaten. If like myself you have not only a habit of chewing your lips but perhaps also more than enjoy matte lipsticks, you may on the look out for a few products and tips to keep your lips in the best condition possible? Worry not I have your back with five easy steps...

The Ultimate Lip Repair Kit

1, Repair and Moisturise
So let's say your lips are not only dried out and flaky, they are also cracked and painful - what's a gal/guy to do? Slather on a medicated lip balm that's what! A typical lip balm will only moisturise the skin, you need a repairing formulation to soothe, calm, reduce pain/inflammation and heal the broken/chapped skin. I will go on record saying that the best medicated lip balm I have ever used is Blistex Medicated Lip Balm, this not only smells like bubblegum and contains an SPF of 15 but does all it says on the tin: comforts, heals and moistures. The only downside is that it is pretty difficult to source here in the UK, I have found it via Amazon in a value pack (£7 for 3 balms) - link. I also fully rate Carmex Original Lip Balms (find it here via Boots -link), they are: cheap, cheerful and really easy to source both home and abroad, not to mention it does heal and calm aggravated lips with next to no effort.

The Ultimate Lip Repair Kit

2, Exfoliate
Once and only once your lips have mended - otherwise you will only further irritate and damage the skin, make it a priority to gently exfoliate your lips once or twice a week. There are a few ways to make light work of shifting, dried out skin: you can of course resort to old school methods and gently buff your lips with a soft, clean, toothbrush. If you are a little more crafty than I, you could mix a little finely granulated sugar and olive oil to create an at home lip scrub. I personally prefer to use a ready formulated lip exfoliate (mainly because I'm lazy) - typically one of Lush's Lip Scrubs, at the moment I have the Popcorn variant but I'm not particularly fussed by the scent/flavour (yep flavour as the Lush Lip Scrubs are safe to lick, eat, nibble). A new product I'm only getting to grips with is the Clinique Sweet Pots (£15.99 via Debenhams - link) which feature both a moisturising lip balm and pocket sized lip scrub - ideal for those on the go.
Whatever method you choose, by regularly ridding your lips of dry and dead skin, you are not only creating a soft, lipstick ready base but lowering the chances of your lips chapping. Well worth putting aside 5 minutes a week for huh?

The Ultimate Lip Repair Kit

3, Moisturise Some More
Pop a lip balm in every coat pocket you own, stash some in your car glove box and of course allow a few to roll around the bottom of your hand bag - that way you have no excuse to allow your lips to dry out. A lot like hand cream if you have a lip balm to hand, there is a higher chance you will use it; you'll thank yourself later for your forward planning and flake free lips.
As a side note, or additional tip if you will, I can not recommend applying a generous layer of Nuxe Rève Miel Lip Balm (£9.50 via Feel Unique - link) - the thick, almost waxy texture acts like an overnight mask and will gently re-hydrate even the driest of lips while you sleep. If you take one thing away from this post, let it be this tip - I swear by it.

The Ultimate Lip Repair Kit
The Ultimate Lip Repair Kit
The Ultimate Lip Repair Kit

4, Give Your Lips a Break
I know the vast majority of my matte lipstick collection will lead to dry and less than photogenic lips but does that stop me from using them? In a word, no. I do however ensure that a few days a week, I slick on a nourishing and hydrating tinted lip balm in place of my usual lip liner or liquid lipstick. I find the odd day off from drying lip products really does prevent my lips from cracking and generally looking worse for wear.
For those looking for a little tinted lip balm inspiration, my favourite picks have to be: Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Honey Nectar (£8 via Beauty Bay - link) - a beautifully nourishing balm that is gently tinted with the most perfect hint of nude pink. I also really enjoy the Lanolips Lip Ointment with Colour (£8.16 via Look Fantastic - link), I find myself reaching for the shade Rhubarb most days as the mid toned-almost-berry pink suits just about every occasion. Lastly I can not recommend the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Balms (£19 via Fresh - link) enough, they are easily one of the most comfortable lip products I own, come in the most natural yet lip enhancing shades and are loaded with skin healing and plumping benefits. You need one.

The Ultimate Lip Repair Kit

5, Don't Forget SPF
In the middle of Winter it may seem odd to recommend applying SPF to your lips but believe it or not, the Winter sun can still damage the skin. Be it a stand alone lip SPF such as Superdrug Solait Moisturising Lip Protection Balm SPF30 (great for Skiing and a snip at just £2.50 - link), or an everyday lip balm with added SPF (pretty much all of my suggestions within this post contain SPF), make sure you protect your lips as you would the rest of the skin on your face. As a side note the skin on our lips is thinner than elsewhere on your face, making it subject to environmental damage and premature ageing. Slap on lip SPF and enjoy youthful lips for longer.

Now if only I could stop biting and picking at my lips, I'm sure my lips would be in much better shape in general. What are your go to lip saving products or tips for that matter?
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38 comments:

  1. Pixi has released a new skincare line that also has a great lip treatment!

    www.makeupmusicbooks.com

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    1. Ohh I'll have to keep an eye out for that!

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  2. Great post. I really love Blistex

    Kisses from www.poshnessary.com

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  3. Oooh need to try the clinique, they look so cute x

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  4. I love Carmex, and I've never tried anything better than Dr Lipp's balm for treating super-dry lips! Lovely post :)

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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    1. Weirdly my lips didn't enjoy Dr.Lipp but I think I will give it a go again :)

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  5. This dry winter is definitely taking a toll on my lips! They always feel so chapped and uncomfortable. I do love the Blistex medicated lip balm, though! Luckily it's pretty easy to find here in the States! XX

    Hannah
    http://hannahhappily.blogspot.com/

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    1. Isn't it the best lip balm? I love the Berry one is also great too :)

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  6. I love the Nuxe Lip balm! I´m curious about that lip scrub of Lush :)

    http://camellia.blogs.sapo.pt/wanted-8-dresslink-94578

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    1. It's pretty great - a little pricey but it gets the job done :)

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  7. Can't beat the Lush lip scrubs and a big helping of Carmex - they're definitely my go-to x

    Always, Alice

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  8. Love the look of those pixi tinted balms - have really been struggling with my lips recently so these sound like a great idea!

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    1. They are great for those days you want hydration and a tint of colour, not to mention they are oddly long wearing :)

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  9. This post couldn't be any more relevant! My lips have made me SUFFER for a couple of months now. I really need to stop weating liquid lipsticks but they're just so beautiful! :P Never tried the Blistex but I need to get my hand on one asap.

    Soléna - NOT A BIG WRITER

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    1. So glad I could help :) ha tell me about it! Yes it really is the best balm I own!

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  10. I love the Lush lip scrubs - they leave my lips feeling so smooth! x

    http://emmaboughtwhat.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Don't they just :) and they smell great too!

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  11. These were some great tips! I love Burts Bees tinted lip balm in Hibiscus. It's a pretty peachy pink with a mint tingle to it! Great post! XO -Kim
    www.thethirtysomethinglife.com

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  12. Lushs popcorn lip scrub is the best lip scrub EVER!!!! it's so yummy I do however find myself going through the lip scrubs quite quickly as you can get addicted to them hahaha I'd highly recommend you trying out the new one it's called The Kiss and it taste exactly the raspberries it's gorgeous & very yummy

    Jess
    justthatgirlonline.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. I love the lush scrub & reve de miel! My lips have been seriously dry recently so these are lifesavers! xxx

    Karan| studentbeautyhack

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  14. This was such a helpful post! My lips are so dry lately, so I'll have to check out your recommendations.


    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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  15. My lips are a nightmare right now, I just use an old toothbrush as a scrub, then plaster on some burts bees. My other half is obsessed with lipbalm, he applies it constantly... maybe I should take some advice from him lol

    http://www.makeerinover.co.uk

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  16. There are so many great recommendations here! You weren't kidding when you called this the "ultimate" lip repair kit. Matte lipstick has taken such a toll on my lips, I think I'm going to have to go out and get one of everything haha.

    Peach Melba

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  17. I'm quite lucky in that my lips don't get too dry or problematic looking; but my mom has been having all kinds of trouble this winter. She's been using Blistex medicated for a while, but I've been trying to get her to use the Nuxe one. I use it and really like it!

    Katherine || The Green Bows

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  18. Lanolips ALL THE WAY! It's the only thing that helps my lips, and I've tried nearly everrrrrrrything x

    Katina | www.katinalindaa.com

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  19. so good! OOH I need the popcorn lipscrub by lush http://maybemayhemmakeup.blogspot.com.au/

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  20. You really just can't go past Carmex, I have a Carmex tub in my bag, bathroom, car and everywhere in between x But if you want a refreshing lip balm, I highly recommend the burts bees lip balm with pink grapefruit it smells amazing is so great for a lip pick me up xx

    Gina | www.lifeandlights.com

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  21. my lips are so sore at the moment and have been for about 2 weeks! They're dry and chapped and just generally gross! I use a mixture of lipbalms and I've just discovered the paw paw lipbalm and it is amazing!

    sophies-edit.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. I cannot live without Lush's lip scrub/ exfoliant! I use the Bubblegum flavour, the popcorn sounds interesting. Also Thanks for suggesting some tinted lip balms I haven't had much luck in finding ones that do much nourishing so I'll give these a go! :)

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  23. Out of the things you've mentioned, I've tried (and loved) carmex, lush scrubs, and my most recent purchase was the Rose tinted Lanolips which I also love. There used to be a rollerball Blistex which tasted really sweet and was this liquid that seemed to soak straight into the lips at the same time as making them really glossy. When I bought the Blistex that looked the same packaging recently it turned out to be different. Maybe this is the long lost Blistex I've been looking for! The Clinique pots and the Nuxe are next on my list. I also find the Liz Earle lipbalm an absolute lifesaver for overnight lip rescue! Smells a bit odd but not unpleasant. Quite liking the EOS balms for a quick fix too.

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  24. Blisters medicated cream in the blue and white metal tube with a red lid - this is what every man and woman in my family swears by! I get very broken and sore lips frequently, to the point where I have been prescribed steroid cream for them, and this is the one thing that truly works! Magic stuff. Plus it's super minty and the packaging is so retro

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  25. I bite and pick at my lips too :s I recommend the Mint Juleps lip scrub by Lush, I prefer it to the other flavours. I'm so glad I bought the Nuxe lip balm recently - it lives up to the hype! xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

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  26. I've been struggling so much with my lips this winter. These tips are great, I'll definitely give the tinted lip balm idea ago. Lush lip scrubs are fantastic too, while the pots look small they last such a long time! xx

    www.wordsofapaige.wordpress.com

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