Stay Hydrated, My Friends
Lipsticks with color and moisture, all in one
If Jack Frost's been nipping at your lips, as well as your nose, fear not. Soft, kissable lips can happen year-round, even with winter's nasty winds biting outside. With a few precautions and the right arsenal of hydrating lipsticks, you can avoid the nastiness that is a dry, chapped pucker.
According to MayoClinic.com, there are a few simple things you can do to help prevent chapped lips:
- Don't lick your lips. It actually dries them out more quickly.
- Drink lots o' water. This one's a no-brainer.
- Use your nose. To breathe through, that is. Breathing through your mouth can dry out your lips.
- Balm it up. Use a lip cream or balm with petrolatum or beeswax in it, plus sunscreen to protect your lips.
Protect Your Pucker
Speaking of sunscreen, don't be fooled by the gray, winter skies—the sun's ultraviolet rays can still sneak through and affect your skin, including the skin on your lips. Try Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick, which comes packed with a sun protection factor of 15 while also helping to soften and smooth already rough lips with some healing vitamin E power. It has two subtle colors to choose from: Blush and Plum.
Another nourishing lipstick that promises to protect like a superhero is YBF Beauty Berry Best Lip Stain. The stain is packed with vitamin E and other antioxidants to nourish your pout, and every product in the Your Best Friend product line, launched by former model Stacey Schieffelin, comes with a signature "Smart Active Complex" to help protect your skin from environmental damage.
Add a Little Drama
For bolder color options, Too Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lip Cream comes in 16 silky smooth colors. The hydration in these stems from their unique formula of hydrating white lotus flower, which sounds as pretty as it feels. For fall, I recommend trying the Honey Bear, a deep pink, or I Want Candy, a rosy hue that's not too light.
Readying yourself for a winter evening date? Juice Beauty Purely Kissable Lip Color does just what the name says, prepping your lips with hydrating color so you can smooch the night away. Interesting side note: This organic lipstick is the signature hue of celeb and outspoken vegan Alicia Silverstone.