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My Lip Care Routine

The other day, in the post about my favorite drugstore lipstick range, I professed my love for bolder shades. Neutrals won’t really do it for me, but give me a new red, orange, fuchsia or plum lipstick and I’ll start jumping up and down like a puppy that’s about to be taken for its walk.

Not only does my ideal lipstick have to be bold and intense in pigment, but it also has to be matte in finish. Now, all those of you who have worn products fitting that description will know that lips have to be in tip-top shape for them to look flattering and feel comfortable.

My lip care routine is really simple, yet perfectly effective. Every single day I:

  1. EXFOLIATE
  2. MOISTURIZE

For regular daily exfoliation I simply use my toothbrush. When I’m done brushing my teeth in the morning, I gently scrub my lips to get rid of any dry patches. Then I moisturize with a clear lip balm and go on with my skincare and makeup routine. By the time I am ready for lipstick, the balm will have sunk in (if it hasn’t, I massage it in with my finger) leaving a perfectly smooth canvas to apply lip color.

Both these steps are crucial, but, while any toothbrush will work for the purpose (just apply a lighter pressure if the bristles are very firm), I think you need to be more careful when purchasing a balm. I personally am a chapstick hoarder and have tried a great deal of them in my life. After years of trial and error, I think I’ve finally understood what works for me and what doesn’t.

In my experience, anything containing Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil) only gives a momentary feeling of comfort, but as soon as it has absorbed, I feel the need to reapply it. It is not hydrating, it just creates a sort of barrier that makes my lips feel comfortable as long as I have it on.

The balms that work best for me are those containing one or more (usually more) of the following plant oils: Jojoba, Castor, Sunflower Seed and Argan. These usually leave my lips supple even after they’ve sunk in (although, technically, they have the same function as Mineral Oil – that is creating a barrier).

My favorite clear chapstick is the Coconut Lip Balm from a super affordable Italian brand called I Provenzali. For days when I don’t wear lipstick, but still want my lip to have some color, I like using a tinted balm. My favorite ones are Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments, which are definitely on the pricier side, but I still haven’t found a cheaper option that compares in terms of hydration and color longevity (for instance, Maybelline Baby Lips are a big NO-NO for me!).

If rough weather or the wrong lipstick formula have made my lips seriously chapped, the toothbrush trick is usually not enough, so I like using a lip scrub that is nourishing as well as exfoliating. I love my Collistar Scrub Balm, which combines sugar crystals with Shea Butter and Vitamin E for nourishment. You don’t really need to spend money on this type of products though, as simply using brown sugar mixed with honey will work wonders.

What are your favorite clear and tinted lip balms? Do you have any more tips and tricks for soft and supple lips?

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20 Comments

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    LindaLibraLoca
    September 26, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    I swear by the Nuxe Rêve de Miel lip balm, it sees my lips through air conditioned workplace and harsh winters faithfully.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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      Carol in a
      September 26, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      I’ve been meaning to get it for quite some time and it’s definitely going to be the next one I try.

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    Ela
    September 26, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    I thought I was the only one using my brush to exfoliate, good to know that I am not alone 🙂 Lips exfoliaters are great especially for colder days. Sugar balm has been on my list for so long, however haven’t seen them around. I mostly use Vaseline or lip balm from many brands, I don’t really have any favourites. xx

    http://www.elabellaworld.com

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      Carol in a
      September 26, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      Haha, no, you’re not alone, I think it works great! I got my Sugar balms while I was in the States and then asked my friend to get me a backup when she was there recently. I know Fresh has a store in London, in case you happen to go there…

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    Diane
    September 27, 2015 at 10:07 am

    I’ve never tried my tooth brush to exfoliate before! I need to try this out. With winter right around the corner, I always get dry lips, so these tips are great!!

    Diane

    http://www.petiteinparis.com

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      Carol in a
      September 27, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      Hope they work for you too! 🙂

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    Kiss & Make-up
    September 27, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Sounds like you take good care of your lips!

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    BeautyByDaisyChain
    September 27, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Never thought about caring for my lips before, I mean I use a bit of balm if they are so dry it annoys me haha. Guess I need to take note of this post.

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    Raj
    September 27, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    Great tips, I’m obsessed with the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments too
    Lush also do some great lip scrubs, I just bought one in popcorn flavour and it’s so fun and effective!

    http://whatrajwants.blogspot.co.uk/

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      Carol in a
      September 28, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      In popcorn flavor?! Sounds awesome!

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    Purva
    September 28, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I have been a little careless with my lip care routine these days..You just reminded me of investing some time in this department 😛
    I also do brush exfoliation 😀

    xx
    http://www.planetbeauties.com

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    Danielle
    September 28, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    I only apply Vaseline on my lips when they are very dry. I have never exfoliated them. I should follow your lip care routine since your lips are always perfect. I’ll try to find a lip balm that is good for my lips. Have a great week, Carol!

    Danielle
    http://www.spring2spring.com

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    Binary Beauty
    September 30, 2015 at 9:56 am

    I only heard about the Fresh lipbalms recently, and I have wanted to try them ever since. They looks stunning (im a sucker for packaging), and it sounds like they are amazing aswell.

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      Carol in a
      September 30, 2015 at 9:41 pm

      I agree, the packaging is gorgeous. The matte metal tube feels so luxe!

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    Sangeeta
    September 30, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    I like scrubbing my lips with a little bit of vaseline and a soft tooth brush. Softens and plumps up the lips.

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