A perfect pout always starts with smooth and moisturized lips...but with winter now officially upon us, a little more effort is necessary to get the lips soft and supple! The weather and environment around us tend to be overly dry in winter and that can instantly zap our lips of much-needed moisture.

Fortunately, there are many simple at-home remedies to keep lips looking their best! Other than a good lip balm, a key step to a perfect pout is exfoliating the lips to eliminate any dead skin cells. Try these exfoliating tips you can easily do at home to keep your lips soft and supple all year round:

1. Start off with clean lips. Use a make-up remover and tissue to gently clean the lips. (Always try to use a wet cloth or tissue when removing product off the lips. The product will come off easier if the tissue is soaked, and won't drag the skin on the lips and encourage dryness and irritation).

2. Add two teaspoons of sugar to a couple of teaspoons of either olive oil or honey. Mix the ingredients thoroughly until it reaches a paste-like consistency. Dab the homemade remedy on the lips and let it sit for about 1-2 minutes to soak in.

3. After a couple of minutes, use either your finger, a spare toothbrush or a wet washcloth to gently glide the exfoliating mixture back and forth across the lips. This acts as a scrub and will help to get rid of any dead skin cells so that smooth, supple lips can resurface!

4. Rinse well and apply a lip balm to hydrate the lips. (Apply a lip balm throughout the day as needed).

The homemade lip scrub is great to do at night so that in the morning, you'll wake up with perfect and kissable lips (please note: homemade lip scrub will result in soft lips, but does not necessarily eliminate morning breath). :)

You'll find that once you exfoliate your lips, your lipstick and lipgloss will glide on much smoother and last longer. Bonus - even those fine 'experience' lines of the lips will be less accentuated!

With the holiday season and the advent of festive red lips upon us, I certainly hope you find these tips helfpul!

Posted by Rhia Amio, Make-up Artist www.artistrhi.com | 11:27 PM | , , , | 0 comments »
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