When your children get into make up, what do you want them to play with?
Like most kids, my daughters love to play with my make up. Thankfully I don't need to worry about the ingredients - just the mess. Oh the mess. But as you all know with children comes worry, so one less worry is great.
But what about the make up .....
Lips are potentially one of our most alluring features so it pays to keep them in top condition. Flakiness, chapping and dryness are common issues because our lips lack protective oil glands and can't fend for themselves against hazards such as wind, sun, cold and air-conditioning. The key? Exfoliate and protect.
If lips are particularly chapped and sore, use a damp and warm face cloth to moisten lips for a minute before gently buffing away any dead and flaky skin. Alternatively, for lips that are just looking a bit blah (steer clear if they're cracked), try rubbing a face exfoliant - we love Gaia Facial Exfoliant for its gentle Jojoba and corn beads and soothing sandalwood oil - over lips to remove dead skin and boost circulation. Bonus: lips will look pink, plump and pretty!
Keeping lips soft and supple requires regular balm application, particularly in harsh or drying environments - the beach, the wintery outdoors and an air-conditioned office all fit the bill. When shopping for balm, avoid petroleum-based formulations as they will only dry out lips further in the long run. Instead opt for balms and glosses with ingredients such as paw paw, honey and lanolin. We love Suvana Paw Paw & Honey Organic Lip Balm for its petroleum-free formulation, healing properties and sweet taste. Or try Mukti Honey & Macadamia Lip Balm for safe, long-wear lip protection.
- Tip: Balms act as a great base for lipstick as they prevent lips drying out, add shine and help keep colour strong for longer. Mwah!