All my life I have been battling dry lips and for the longest time I’ve been trying to find the best lip balm that would cure them. There are many others that I have tried that aren’t pictured in this photo, but these are a handful of the ones that I am using right now. Why on earth do I have so many? Because I’ve come to the conclusion that no lip balm can magically keep my lips moisturized for 24 hours. If you think about it, when you breathe out through your mouth you’re practically blow drying your lips throughout the whole day. So I’ve changed my strategy for the better. I use a lip conditioner every morning and evening when I’m at home, and keep a lip balm in every bag I have so that I’m never without it. That way if I feel like my lips are starting to get dry, I can immediately re-apply lip balm and keep them from getting dry. It took me a few months to get into the habit of always using lip balm, even though I always kept one in my bag. I tend to get very absorbed into whatever I’m doing and whoever I’m talking with so lip balm is usually the farthest thing from my mind. However, once I started using lipstick and lip-tints I really wanted my lips to be moisturized and smooth, so I had the extra motivation to stay conscious of my lips throughout the day.
The first lip conditioner I tried was actually the Depsea Hydrability Moisturizing Lip Balm by Shu uemura, but to be honest I haven’t been too keen on Japanese make up products since the tsunami. These days I’ve been alternating between three different lip conditioners. The one called Lano Soft I haven’t been able to find again, but the lip conditioner by MAC and the Rosebud Salve by Smith’s are both easy to find. I have found that both the MAC and the Smith’s work equally well, but I personally prefer the MAC because of the vanilla scent. If you love the smell of roses you’ll love the salve by Smith’s. After I take a shower in the morning, the first thing I’ll do after popping in my contacts is apply lip conditioner. This way, they don’t dry out while I get through the rest of my make up routine as I tend to do my lips last. I’ll also apply it first thing when I’m doing my night routine so my lips don’t dry out completely over night.
Your Turn ♥ How do you care for your lips?