Maintain irresistibly soft and kissable lips with these fabulous tips!

Have you ever tried to take a perfect selfie, and your lips don’t look good in that pout? Maybe it’s not the pose, but your lips need a more supple and cute look. Making sure my lips look soft and moisturised always gets me feeling dolled up. That’s my top secret for nailing the perfect selfie, whether I’m pouting or going for a natural look. 

Like the rest of your skin, your lips require a little TLC to stay soft, supple, and ready for that perfect picture. Here is how to achieve it:

Lip scrub
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Exfoliate. 

Let’s start with the basics – exfoliation. It is not just for specific areas of your body but your lips as well. Regular exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells, leaving them smooth and ready for whatever lipstick colour you choose. If you are into DIYs, try this lip scrub recipe- mix a teaspoon of sugar with a dab of honey or coconut oil and gently massage it in circular motions. Rinse it off, and voila!

How to take care of your lips
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Keep your lips hydrated.

Hydration is the key to maintaining healthy skin. It also helps maintain soft and plump lips. Staying well-hydrated throughout the day by drinking water benefits your health and keeps them from drying out. But it doesn’t stop there. 

Invest in good-quality lip balms like the coveted Vaseline lip therapy to help keep them moisturised. When choosing a lip balm, look for those with ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, or beeswax for an extra dose of nourishment. Ensure you apply it generously before bedtime and during the day, especially if you are mostly indoors. Did I hear somebody say lips like silk? I know that’s right.

Choosing the right products for your lips
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Choose the right lip products.

With lipsticks, glosses, or lip balms, it’s all about finding the perfect match. Consider your skin tone, undertones, and personal style when purchasing any. Also, experiment with different shades until you discover what suits you best.

For everyday wear, tinted lip balms, nude lipsticks, or my favourite- clear lipgloss- are your go-to. They add a subtle touch of colour and plumpness to your lips while keeping them hydrated. Reserve bold, statement shades for special occasions, and outline with a lip liner for a polished look.

Your lips need protection from the sun
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Your lips need protection from the sun, too! 

The skin on your lips is at least ten layers lighter than your facial skin. Therefore, you should keep it safe from harmful UV rays by investing in lip balms with SPF. Doing this prevents sun damage and keeps them looking youthful and healthy. Remember, when you exfoliate, you also need extra protection from the sun.

keeping your lips soft and healthy with lip balms
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Adopt healthy habits. 

In addition to a diligent lip care routine, incorporating a few extra healthy habits can further enhance their well-being and appearance. These healthy habits will help you maintain supple lips all year round.

  • Maintain a balanced diet rich in vitamins and nutrients. Your lips are a part of your skin, and whatever contributes to healthy skin also reflects on them. 
  • Avoid the temptation to lick, bite/peel your lips excessively. This habit leads to irritation and little wounds. 
  • During harsh weather conditions, use a nose mask and lip balms with added emollients to shield them from the elements.
  • Sleep adequately because a good night’s rest is vital to optimal skin rejuvenation, including your lips. 

With these tips, your lips will be healthier and more supple. So, pucker up, embrace the secrets to luscious lips, and let your face shine confidently!

Author

  • Omotola Saba

    Hi, Omotola here, the human form of the 100 Emoji and the fashion and beauty writer at Marie Claire Nigeria. She started writing for fun and merged it with her love for fashion, and beauty. She's mostly at home, picking up yet another new hobby, scrolling through pinterest, laughing with her family or at dad jokes, or sleeping.

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