After spending a few lazy days on one of Florida's gorgeous beaches, I stared in the mirror and to my horror realized I looked like I'd been stranded on a deserted island for a month!
Long days at the beach or pool can really take a toll on your skin, especially on your lips. The skin on your lips is very delicate and much thinner than other areas of your body. It is important to protect them with SPF just like the rest of your body. Yes, I am guilty of forgetting mine at home and I have suffered the consequences!
There is nothing worse than putting on lipstick or lip gloss and it gets stuck in the cracks of your lips! Peeling, cracked, or flaky lips are not the most attractive.
A fancy word for chapped lips is called cheilitis. A word I am very familiar with. Besides the elements taking a toll on your lips, dehydration or cosmetics can be culprits as well. Make sure you are drinking lots of water throughout your day so that you hydrate from the inside out.
Sadly, I have struggled with chronic chapped lips all through my life. I figured out in my twenties that lipstick and lip glosses were the main reason why my lips were in contact turmoil! I was allergic to them.
I tried lots of natural remedies which honestly do work fairly well. Here are a few of my favorites; Mix a teaspoon of honey with salt or sugar to create a paste and massage it into your lips.
This homemade scrub will buff away dead skin, while moisturizing. Honey is even antibacterial (use local honey) so it can ward away any nasty infections if your lips are to the point of cracking and bleeding. After rinsing the scrub apply organic coconut oil. It's a mini spa treatment for your lips!
This is all fine and dandy when you are home, but out and about you really need something you can take with you. Especially if you are traveling.
Since I work in the beauty industry I searched far and wide for lip products. Spending tons of money I wandered into department and drug stores seeking the ultimate solution.
Whenever, I would go to trade shows I would always look for the miracle lip products. So many times I just found boring chapstick which gives me relief for about 30 seconds and then I find myself gnawing it off my lips! Most chapsticks just coat your lips, some even have irritating and drying ingredients.
I have searched far and wide for products that I feel really make a difference.
CRYSTAL DEW DROPS FOR EYES & LIPS This advanced technology of liquid crystal extraction hydrates, nourishes and firms. It is a pretty thick product so whether I use it on my lips or eyes, I use it at night and sleep with it on. You can smooth it on the lips for a holographic look with moisturizing and texturizing properties.
Lip Smart Typical lip balms only temporarily condition the lips, leaving a drying after-effect when they wear off. Lipsmart draws in the natural water attracting components to boost hydration and retain moisture. Proven to provide visible results in just 60 seconds. Your lips truly feel better in an instant when you apply this and the healing properties are awesome. They use peptides and ceramics and several other proprietary ingredients that drench your lips with hydration.
LipLock Hydrator Peptide Infused Lip Mask Wake up to soft, volumized lips with this peptide infused lip mask. Avocado and jojoba oils provide deep hydration while the VoluLip Peptide Complex visibly improves volume and reduces the appearance of lip lines. Shea and cocoa butter protect your lips from moisture loss and ensure lips remain soft all night long. This product is cruelty free and does not contain any gluten, parabens, phthalates, soy, or sulfates.
Lip Shield Balm SPF 15 Bring Lip Shield with you on all outdoor adventures to protect your pout with nourishing ingredients and SPF 15. Using four different kinds of fruit oils, Lip Shield deeply moisturizes and protects lips, while blocking the sun for up to 80 minutes of water resistant wear time. This product is cruelty free and does not contain any gluten, parabens, phthalates, soy, or sulfates.
LIP PROTECTION tinted matte finish SPF 45TIZO® Tinted Lip Protection is the ultimate lip protection without the use of chemical sunscreen filters. Using only Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, TIZO® Tinted Lip Protection reflects the sun away from one of the most sensitive areas, the lips. Gentle kiwi, lime and ginger flavor.
Does not whiten lips
FREE of chemical sunscreen filters, dyes, preservatives, phthalates and parabens