Lip Care 101
Most of us are great at keeping our skincare routine in check; we’ve gotten our exfoliating routine down, we treat ourselves to a weekly manicure (even if it’s just at home) and get our feet in great condition before sandal season commences.
But when it comes to our lips, many of us forget about this element of our regime, and leave them to go to rack and ruin.
Dry, chapped or flaky lips? We’ve seen it all before, but thankfully, the cure is quick and simple, and we can help you get back to soft and smooth lips in a flash.
‘What’s the big deal?’, we hear you ask. Well, dear reader, good lip care is the finishing touch to your look. Is there any point in ensuring your skin is in tip-top condition if your lips are flaking and peeling? Is it worth spending time perfecting your makeup, only for your lipstick to look like the surface of the moon once applied? The answer is no, not really – and especially not when the problem is so simple to solve.
The answer lies in your daily skincare routine (if you’re using your KOHA Beauty konjac sponge that is). You’ll likely have read before that chapped lips can be solved by vigorous brushing with a toothbrush or a scrub with a flannel, or even a specialist lip scrub, but we disagree. Chapped and flaky lips can be sore, delicate and easily aggravated, with raw and sensitive skin just forming, so the last thing you want to do is irritate them more by attacking them with a gritty or overly rough material.
Instead, use your extra-gentle and super-soft konjac sponge to buff your lips morning and evening, removing dead skin and flaky patches to keep lips soft, smooth and perfectly plump. Simply soak your konjac sponge until it becomes puffed-up, soft and ready for use, squeeze out the excess water and gently apply to the lips in circular motions, lifting flaky patches as you go and being careful not to apply too much pressure to the surface of the lips. Doing this twice a day is very effective in polishing the surface of the lips, keeping them fresh and preventing any chapping or peeling from taking hold.
Once you’ve buffed the lips, pat them dry with a fluffy towel, and slick on a light layer of a nourishing lip balm. We love natural formulas like Burt’s Bees, Dr Organic and Weleda – their Skin Food lip balm is fantastic for nourishing and hydrating parched lips, without conditioning the lips to depend on the balm. Be wary of some overly emollient balms, which act as a barrier on the lips to lock in moisture, but can actually encourage your lips to become reliant on them and cause a vicious cycle of chapping and peeling when you try to reduce use! Overuse of these kinds of balms, especially ones which include ingredients like petrolatum, can result in the lips becoming lazy and neglecting to work on their own hydration levels, meaning that you feel the need to reapply the balm more often, worsening the problem.
Natural lip balms use far gentler ingredients which support the lip’s natural moisturisation process rather than replacing it entirely. Steer clear of any products which contain fragrance, camphor, menthol or salicylic acid, which can irritate the fragile skin on and around the lips. Try and find balms which include gentle but effective ingredients such as lanolin to penetrate the lips and deeply nourish them without forming a barrier, and remember not to apply them too regularly, as constant reapplication of any kind of lip balm can cause more harm than good.
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