A step-by-step guide to loving your lips: The best lip scrubs, lip masks, and more for smooth, hydrated puckers

A step-by-step guide to loving your lips: The best lip scrubs, lip masks, and more for smooth, hydrated puckers

Kiss and make up

Text: Emily Heng

Image: Instagram | @jamienelson6

Maintaining a healthy, glowing complexion is a top priority for many a skincare fiend. Retinols are refrigerated, serums applied religiously, and cleansers (yes, multiple) sorted according to how skin is faring on the day. No expense (or effort) is spared in the pursuit of beauty of the skin. However, it is a courtesy less extended when it comes to sensitive, delicate lips.

Yup, we're talking pouts, puckers, and, for the lack of a better word, pie holes (kidding). Constantly under threat due to torrid temperatures and outright neglect (read: forgetting to chug H2O daily), we often bear witness to many dry, chapped kissers in desperate need of TLC. If you're one of them, well, we’re here to help. Below, a step by step guide to get you to start lovin' and treating your lips right — because if you don', who else will?

Step 1: Exfoliate with best lip scrubs

Paving the way to a perfect pout, a lip scrub works as an exfoliator would — by sloughing off dead, chapped skin to allow for better product absorption after. The end result: a smooth, flake-free skin, a great base for your favourite lippies so they glide on like a dream.

Step 2: Hydrate with lip balms

Ah, the good ol' lip balm. While they are known primarily for their hydration abilities, recent releases also come in a variety of textures, hues, and finishes to satisfy even the most discerning of balm connoisseurs. Slick 'em on for a soft, well-moisturised pout.

Step 3: Repair and replenish with lip masks

A good lip mask, yes, is packed with intensely moisturising and nourishing ingredients, but they also a) lock in newly-earned hydration; b) repair damaged skin; and c) further boost your lips' moisture levels to reduce the likelihood of peeling and chapping in the future. Opt for an overnight treatment should you be in distress.

Step 4: Maintain it with moisturising lipsticks

Don't waste your efforts by swiping on drying, matte formulations day in, day out. Compromise by alternating them between these silky lip formulas that won't suck the life out of your lips. 

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