Valentine’s Day is this Saturday. Are your lips ready to pucker up? If the bitter cold has left you with a dry, chapped pout, you’re not alone. The delicate skin on lips is especially susceptible to the harsh winter elements, which means some extra TLC might be required before the romantic day. Not sure where to begin? Follow our trusty guide below for all of the tips and products you’ll need for smooth, kissable lips.
Sara Happ the Lip Scrub
The first step to super smooth lips? Exfoliation. Sara Happ’s pink grapefruit lip scrub ($24; nordstrom.com) not only smells delicious, but it also banishes dry, flaky skin. As dead cells are gently sloughed away, your lips will benefit from the nourishing blend of jojoba and grapeseed oils.
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Magic Rejuvenating Lip Balm
Next, follow up with a hydrating lip balm, especially around this time of year. “Protect your lips with topical lip balms that create a barrier between the fragile skin of the lip and extreme weather,” says Lauren Abramowitz, founder of Park Avenue Skin Solutions. “The goal to healing chapped lips is to lock in moisture.” We recommend makeup guru Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Magic ($35; nordstrom.com). Along with anti-aging properties, it contains propolis (a resinous elixir created by honeybees) to defend and strengthen delicate skin.
Bite Beauty 5 Night Fix for Lips
"The most common cause of dry, flaky lips is environmental, such as extreme cold, wind, sun, and dry heat and air," Abramowitz tells us. "Because we lose up to ten times more moisture through our lips than we do elsewhere on our face and body, even minimal exposure to these conditions can result in dehydrated lips, causing them to feel parched, cracked, and uncomfortable." If this sounds like you this winter, no need to panic—Bite Beauty's five-night lip treatment ($15; sephora.com) will help you recover in time for the big day. The routine begins with an application of the brand's Whipped Cherry Scrub Stick to buff away dead skin, followed by their Agave Lip Mask, which boasts ingredients like organic agave nectar and vanilla extract, to soften your pout while you sleep.
Ardency Inn Modster Lip Balm & Primer
Before you apply that statement lip color, we suggest getting acquainted with a trusty primer. A two-in-one formula like Ardency Inn’s Modster Lip Balm ($23; ardencyinnstore.com) provides moisture along with loads of staying power, which means you won’t have to worry about any feathering or fading come date night. While the green tint might seem strange at first, it actually neutralizes redness in the lips so your lipstick will be true to color. Plus, the cool, minty scent will leave you with fresh breath.
Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip Plumper
Now that your lips are prepped and primed, it's time to amp up the drama with a dose of color. We suggest swiping on Jane Iredale's Just Kissed Lip Plumper ($25; nordstrom.com). Aside from the brand being Anna Kendrick's latest beauty obsession, the formula softens lips with a blend of spearmint and peppermint oils, ginger root extract, and shea butter. And for those of us who aren't Angelina Jolie, it also stimulates collagen, leaving you with a naturally fuller pout that will last for hours.
Restylane Silk Injectable Lip Treatment
While lip enhancements might not be for everyone, according to Abramowitz, those looking to eliminate lines and wrinkles can do so without the dreaded "duck lip" effect. "Restylane Silk, the newest member of the Restylane family has just been FDA approved and indicated specifically for hydrating and defining the lips," she tells us. "This small gel particle defines the natural anatomy of the lips, leaving the lips looking silky smooth." Visit restylanesilk.com to learn more.