Skincare is important (trust us, we know!) but people often overlook just how different taking care of your lips looks from the rest of your routine. They’re incredibly sensitive and prone to sunburn and other lip-specific ailments.
Don’t worry, though, here at Lique we specialize in making natural products that are loaded with the kinds of ingredients your lips need to stay feeling healthy and soft. If you aren’t sure what a good lip routine looks like, we’re here with all of the information you need!
Common Lip Problems
Chapping can happen in any season and usually turns up when we least want it to. There’s no single way to prevent chapping, but most dermatologists recommend a good lip balm (with sun protection and antioxidants) and a lot of water.
Splitting and Cracking
Splitting or cracking makes chapping look easy. This can be extremely painful, lead to excessive licking (which in turn makes your lips even drier), and opens the door to infection. This usually happens because of dry air, especially in the bedroom, so keep a humidifier handy if you know you’re prone to it! Lip masks, lip balm, and, again, plenty of hydration helps to keep cracked lips at bay.
Cold sores are a little harder to treat, but still incredibly common. For those of you who suffer from cold sores, it can feel like an uphill battle. Everything from stress to illness to environmental factors can cause a cold sore to appear.
There are plenty of antiviral medications marketed for cold sores, but natural ingredients like honey and aloe vera can do a lot to soothe it in the meantime. Always remember to use cotton swabs or other disposable applicators for your product so you don’t risk reinfection!
Eczema thrives in dry air, so finding products with moisturizing and protective ingredients is key. Honey, coconut oil, and aloe vera are all incredibly effective in lessening eczema irritation and creating the barriers needed to keep it from recurring.
Having a good night-time lip routine is especially important here! Sleeping in dry air with nothing to protect your lips will have you waking up with new patches more often than you’d like.
Lip Care Tips
Drink a Lot of Water
Staying adequately hydrated is somehow one of the hardest things to do. It’s so easy to forget to drink that extra cup of water, but it’s one of the most important things to do not just for lip health, but for healthy skin overall.
Dehydration also makes you much more susceptible to chapped and painful lips. Doctors recommend at least 8 cups of water per day, a little more if you’re active or live somewhere dry.
Follow a Diet That’s Right for You
Next to water, following a healthy diet is essential. While we infuse most of our products with the kinds of vitamins your skin needs to stay healthy, there’s plenty that you can only get through fruit and vegetables that will do wonders for your overall skin health.
Vitamin D, for example, is found through sun exposure, fortified foods, and other natural sources like salmon and tuna. Vitamin K can be found in leafy greens and other vegetables like green beans. Sometimes it’s truly just easier to eat your vitamins!
Have a Good Night Time Routine
We’re so used to using lip balm during the day, it’s easy to forget that your lips need just as much of a nighttime routine as the rest of you! Lip Masks like ours are full of helpful ingredients like jojoba oil, cocoa butter, and vitamin E, infusing your skin with the perfect balance of protective and hydrating factors. It’s so much easier to apply a mask and go to bed than having to wait for it to sink in during the day.
No matter how hard we might try, dead skin builds up over time and makes it harder for our skin to breathe and absorb nutrients. Using a gentle and non-abrasive exfoliant is extremely important in keeping the effectiveness of the rest of your routine. Our lip scrubs are made with natural sugars, so you can rest easy knowing that it’s good for both you and the environment.
We’ve added avocado and jojoba oils to help keep the skin underneath soft and hydrated so that it’s ready for anything afterward. No more morning-after peeling or flaky lipstick! Remember, the skin underneath the build-up is newer and more sensitive, so you’ll want to pair the lip scrub with other protective ingredients to keep irritants away.
Always Keep a Good Lip Balm Around
Not all lip balms are created equal. Some are formulated so that they dry out your skin in the long run, creating a dependence that isn’t good for you, your skin, or your wallet.
Our lip balms are full of important oils, like jojoba and coconut, shea butter, and antioxidants. They’ll give your lips the hydration they’re craving while locking it in and keeping toxins out by forming protective barriers. You won’t have to feel like you need to use it all day long to keep your lips feeling healthy.