Sweater weather is here -- and unfortunately, that means chapped lips are, too. The crisp air and cooler days of Autumn are great for crunchy leaves, candles and cozy socks, but they can really sap the life out of your lips. For that reason, lip protection is an important part of your autumn skincare routine. Follow these steps and arm yourself with the fall-friendly essentials below, and your lips will stay kissable all season long.
Step 1: Exfoliate
The first step is to prep your lips by scrubbing away the final dregs of summer. Once you’ve gently removed all traces of dry, flaky skin, you’ll have a smooth surface that is primed for hydration. Regular exfoliation is the key to keeping your lips soft all season long, but be careful. Some scrubs can be harsh and overly abrasive on weather-sensitive skin. All natural lip exfoliators made from pure sugar granules, like NIU BODY Piña Colada Sugar Lip Polish and ella+mila Lip Scrub in French Vanilla, are gentle enough to use on the regular without damaging your delicate lips. These cruelty-free vegan scrubs gently buff away dry skin with a rich combination of sugar and shea butter, revealing the smoothest pout possible. Better yet, they smell amazing!
Step 2: Hydrate
The delicate skin on your lips dries out ten times faster than the skin on your face. For that reason, deep moisturizing is a crucial component of cold weather lip care. This is where Consonant Skincare Organic Lip Conditioner comes to the rescue. It quenches your lips with long-lasting hydration with a blend of all natural, skin-softening botanicals. Better yet, it’s 100% organic, gluten-free, cruelty-free, unscented, and free from artificial flavors and colors. This is one lip conditioner you can feel good about -- and your lips will agree, because they’ll feel good too! You can wear it under your lipstick as a base, or wear it on its own.
Step 3: Protect
The final step is to lock it all in with lip balm. After all your hard work, you don’t want to skip this one! At the very least, apply your balm in the morning when you first wake up, and at night right before bedtime. Olio E Osso Balm is an all natural, cruelty-free treat for your lips that gets the job done. It’s made with a blend of nourishing olive and shea oils to keep cold air out so your lips stay plump and pillow-soft. The slightest hint of ultra-flattering pink tint is just enough to brighten up your face without being a full-on lipgloss or lipstick. You can even use it on your cheeks for a healthy glow.
Your best bet is to buy two tubes of this soothing balm: one for your bag, and one for home, so you can reapply as often as needed. (Trust us -- with a product as nice as this, you won’t want to run out!)