Salon Jean’s CEO and Founder, Jean Bae, has been doing makeup for 30 years. She’s here to share her hydration tips for the lips!
Whenever I am doing a client’s makeup, I always notice their lips. At times I find myself wondering how individuals have dry or chapped lips as this appears to the eye as wrinkled or makes the individual older looking. Hydrated lips will leave you looking younger, less wrinkled, luscious and plump.
My favorite ways to hydrate your lips:
- Find a non-irritating lip balm or lip moisturizer multiple times a day and always before bed. If your lips are very dry and cracked, try a thick ointment, such as white petroleum jelly. Ointment seals in water longer than waxes or oils.
- Avoid the following ingredients while your lips are chapped as they won’t hydrate only dry out:
- Flavoring: Cinnamon, citrus, mint, and peppermint flavors can be especially irritating to dry, chapped lips
- Octinoxate or oxybenzone
- Phenol (or phenyl)
- Propyl gallate
- Salicylic acid
Look for products with the following Ingredients as they can help heal chapped or dry lips:
- Castor seed oil
- Hemp seed oil
- Mineral oil
- Shea butter
- Sun-protective ingredients, such as titanium oxide or zinc oxide
- White petroleum jelly
Any and all products should be fragrance free and hypoallergenic.
Utilize a humidifier within your house especially at bedtime, which will help you breathe through your nose rather than your mouth.
Utilize lip balms with SPF in them even in colder months, as the sun can burn on chapped or dry lips.
Drink plenty of water — internal hydration is key!
If your lips are peeling or cracking then you need a medicated lip balm. Do not lick, bite, or pick at your lips as this can irritate them and create further dehydration.
Find a lip scrub or a sugar peel, a lip mask is perfect for a lip treatment.