Ever wonder how to get soft lips? One of the hallmarks of effortless beauty is a plump and kissable pout. Yet, aside from a swipe of color or touch of gloss, we often forget to give our lips the proper care they deserve before we dash out the door. Dermatologist Bruce Bart, M.D. tells SHAPE Magazine that our lips are sensitively responsive to moisture: “When exposed to moisture, they absorb water and plump up. When dehydrated, they dry out and shrink.”
If the thought of chapped and shriveled lips makes you cringe, you aren’t alone. Looking for tips for soft lips? From exfoliation through to moisturizing lip products, here’s how to get rid of chapped lips once and for all.
How To Make Your Lips Soft & Smooth
Whether you have a romantic date coming up, or you are simply determined to fix those dry, chapped lips, we’re going to show you how to lavish them with luxurious ingredients for a smooth texture.
Remove Excess Dead Skin On Lips
Exfoliating your lips is an effective way to get rid of dead skin cells and dry skin, which causes the lips to look dull. Our Citrus Enzyme Lip Exfoliator is the first step in the Lip Trio Kit designed to plump and care for your lips. It contains citrus and pineapple extracts to improve the appearance of dryness and the look of fine lip lines. Potent fruit pulp infuses bioflavonoids and vitamins to improve the appearance of parched lips, leaving them smooth and ready for the next step in your lip care routine.
Lip Self Care Is Important: Hydrate With A Lip Mask
Once you’ve exfoliated the dry skin away, try the deeply hydrating Lip Comfort Plumping Masque with rich shea butter and avocado oil. This whipped dream melts into lips and lip contour areas to impart maximum softness while natural peptides give fullness.
Moisturize Your Lips
Unlike the rest of the body, the skin on your lips has no oil glands, making them more prone to dryness and peeling. While healthy, well-hydrated lips look moist and pink, dermatologist Dr. Jessie Cheung tells Bustle that unhealthy lips “are dry, cracked, and the surrounding skin is often wrinkly, red or irritated.”
To keep your lips perfectly hydrated, we recommend moisturizing with our Rosehip & Lemongrass Lip Balm SPF 15 throughout the day. But, proper lip care doesn’t end when it’s time for bed. To prevent the transepidermal water loss that occurs while you’re sleeping, we recommend applying our Citrus Lip Balm before your head hits the pillow. This Harper’s Bazaar favorite employs cooling peppermint, shea butter and sunflower seed oil to smooth roughness and give your lips maximum hydration.
Lip Care Throughout the Day
It’s easy to neglect your lips during your busy day, but if your first instinct is to reach for your trusty chapstick, you may want to think twice. The petroleum found in most chapsticks doesn’t actually hydrate the skin and instead, creates a barrier that prevents valuable moisture from reaching our lips.
Like your go-to chapstick, Rosehip & Lemongrass Lip Balm SPF 15 is a convenient stick - but unlike conventional balms, it uses natural, organic ingredients like hydrating rosehip oil and extra virgin olive oil to keep your lips perfectly hydrated all day long. For an easy day-to-night transition or to prep your lips for a special event, pop Eminence Organics Citrus Lip Balm into your purse to give your lips a sexy, satin sheen.
How To Get Soft Lips? Keep Skin Sun Protected
Sunscreen is the best prevention for wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth, and for maintaining the health of our skin everywhere on our body for that matter. Sun exposure and air pollution can wreak havoc on our complexions, especially the delicate skin around the lip area. Our lips lack melanin, making them more susceptible to sunburn, and they are often exposed to the elements, causing them to quickly take on the visible signs of aging caused by dryness.
Protect your lips from the sun’s damaging rays with Rosehip & Lemongrass Lip Balm SPF 15. The zinc oxide in this hydrating lip balm stick defends against the harmful effects of UVA and UVB exposure, keeping your lips moisturized and protected. If you’re already battling the look of aging caused by sun exposure, apply our Citrus Lip Balm to minimize the visible signs. The natural peptides in this luxurious balm get rid of the look of fine lines and plump deflated lips for a voluptuous and youthful look.
Complete the routine with a lip care product like the Cinnamon Lip Plumper to promote the instant appearance of fuller lips. It’s all-natural plumping that leaves lips appearing moisturized and visibly fuller. What’s not to love?
Invest In A Humidifier
Finally, make sure your lips stay hydrated by keeping your environment moist. Placing a humidifier in your bedroom while you sleep is an easy way to bring moisture to your skin overnight. If you suffer from dry skin generally across your body, this little contraption may make a huge difference.
Which Eminence Organics lip care product is your favorite? Tell us about it in the comments below!
This post was originally published in April 2017 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.