[By Nadine Harper]
Keeping your lips well moisturized and supple looking can be a ongoing battle, especially in the winter. If you live in a harsh climate, you likely end up with chapped lips some time over the winter which might carry on even when Easter is just round the corner. Lip gloss and lip balm have their place but they can only go so far when your lips are in need of serious SOS. To nurse your lacklustre puckers into an enviable, luscious pout, here are 5 amazingly luxurious treatments that you should indulge in.
Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve
If the surgence of $500 face creams are fast becoming the norm rather than exception, it goes to show that women spare no expense when it comes to beauty but sometimes, simplicity works best. A-listers Beyonce and Natalie Portman are amongst a legion of celebrity fans who often sang praises to a lip-smoothing balm with a drugstore price tag. Founded in 1892, the Rosebud Perfume Company set out with a simple mission— To provide simple, multi-usage products that are both affordable and effective. With the creation of the world famous, cult-favorite Rosebud Salve that boasts to be the cure-all for a wide array of skin ailments from blemishes to chapped lips to dry elbows, the family run Smith’s Rosebud Perfume Company has solidified its place in cosmetic history. A cult-favorite, multipurpose lip balm to soothe dry lips and skin, this must-have lip balm calms and heals irritation, and soothes the sting of minor burns. Easy-to-use and versatile, dab it onto chapped lips to condition and relieve dryness, to transform your lacklustre lips from drab to fab!
Available from www.sephora.com
Sloane Inc Lip Fabulosity Serum
Our lips usually have a natural protection to keep them moist, but sometimes harsh weather and minor cuts break down that protection and often lead to severely dehydrated and chapped lips. In the top layer of our skin including our lips, ceramides which are lipis molecules in abundance within the cell membranes hold skin cells together to lock in and retain moisture at opitmal levels. As such, a suitable lip treatment with ceramides encourages that barrier to rebuild itself, refreshing your lacklustre lips. Sloane Inc Lip Fabulosity Serum contains a host of powerful emollients which include ceramides, ethylhexyl palmitate and sphingolipids to help form an unparalleled anti-ageing and instant smoothening therapy for uninspired lips. This powerful treatment helps prevent premature signs of aging while restoring moisture and smoothing the surface of the lips with natural ingredients that penetrate deeply to boost cell turnover and moisture retention. It is not to be confused or used in place of a lip balm or salve which should still be layered over this fabulous lip treat to let it work its magic with added protection of further environmental insults and moisture loss.
Available from www.sloaneshop.com
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask
For intense overnight repair and restorative works, Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask has a rich, balm-like texture intended to be a leave-on treatment for replenishing lacklustre lips. If you can resist the urge to lick it off (the sweet agave and vanilla flavoring makes it tempting, but at least these flavoring agents aren’t irritants), it promises major hydration to heal dry, flaking, chapped lips. The pleasantly smooth, non-sticky formula is rich in lanolin, plant oils, and waxes, all of which have emollient properties and help prevent moisture loss.It’s petroleum free and reminds me of a super thick ointment you would put on to heal a wound, which in this case, will be your abused lips. In addition, it containes a blend of potent antioxidants including Agave, naturally, andtriple to amount of Resveratrol found in red wine, aimed to nourish and heal dry, parched lips while you hit the snooze button.
Available fron www.sephora.com
Caudalie Lip Conditioner
Caudalie is a French brand with a cult following, and boasts a series of products inspired by the vineyards of Bordeaux, France. ‘Caudalie’ is a measurement of how long the taste of a wine stays on your palate and true to it’s moniker, all of their products contain a small amount of grapes in one form or another.Concentrated with moisturizing active ingredients plus antioxidant grape polyphenols and repairing apricot oil, this balm leaves lips soft, repaired, and protected without the need for constant re-application throughout the day. It is fragrance free, does not contain parabens, sulfates and phthalates and is against animal testing and cruelty with no animal products on its list of active ingredients.
Available from www.skinstore.com
If your lips are dying for an oasis of pure fluid replenishment, you can’t get any better with naturally occuring, hyaluronic acid. Give some much needed TLC to your lips and transform them from drab to divine with Revitalift Lips, an instant hydrating, deeply rejuvenating, lip-nourishing treatment. If volume is not your primary concern, and you’d rather smooth away fine lines, instantly hydrate and add a luscious sheen to uninspired lips, Revitalift Lips is the undisputed treatment of choice. Microinjections of an ultra fine, natural hyaluronic acid is simply introduced into your lips to literally “inject a breathe of fresh air” into dull and lacklustre puckers. Revitalift’s main benefits are its deep hydration and line-minimizing effects, accomplished without overtly amping up their volume or size to unnatural looking proportions. It’s more of an instant pick me up to restore youth and suppleness to tortured lips, to give you that subtle edge of beautification that’s big on returns.
Available from www.sloaneclinic.com
* Selected as Editor’s Choice Mar 2017*