An easy 5-step lip care routine for your softest pout ever

Hydration is arguably the most important part of the routine. You wouldn’t skip moisturizer after exfoliating your face, would you? It’s a recipe for a weakened skin barrier.

You’re probably used to slipping lip balm (you may even have a tube in every bag you own), but make sure you have a product that Actually sends moisture to the lips. Read: Occlusive-only wax or jelly balms will simply coat the surface, and gloss and plumping numbers are great for cosmetic purposes, but may not be the most hydrating.

Other lip balms may contain moisturizing ingredients, but they don’t have occlusives to trap that moisture inside, which will only dry out the lips even more. “Lip balms that only contain humectant ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin, can actually make lips drier because they attract moisture, and if the air is very low humidity, they can extract the moisture from the skin, then the moisture evaporates”, certified dermatologist Hadley King, MD, spoke to mbg about healing lip fissures.

Instead, opt for formulas that include a blend of humectants, emollients, and occlusives. mindbodygreen lip balmfor example, contains shea butter to soften the surface, hyaluronic acid to attract moisture, antioxidant-rich oils (like moringa and sunflower seed) to protect delicate skin, and vitamin E and vegan waxes to lock in moisture.

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