While your face luxuriates in masks and peels, lips are often overlooked. The following in-depth treatments, however, are the sidekicks to your favorite lipstick because they make every shade look better — not to mention give your kisser a smooth, soft appearance. So stop neglecting your lips. Pick up one of these essentials to take away the chapping left behind from blustering Winter weather. Tomorrow is Lips Appreciation Day, after all.
Did you know that CVS is producing its own makeup now? Yup, it's true, and its latest endeavor is a passel of lip treatments called, logically, Focus on Lips. I'm always on the hunt for good, inexpensive drugstore products, so I decided to give the line a trial run. They make everything from a peppermint lip gloss (almost exactly like C.O. Bigelow's) to a scuffer to primer. Want to know how the store brand stacks up? Just keep reading.
As well as using it during the day, I started using it before bedtime on my lips. I feel like drinking water before bed and then leaving my lips "exposed" all night tends to leave them dry — especially on cool nights, or after being in the sun all day during the Summer. Also, it's a bit of a pain to carry around hand moisturizer all of the time, so use this on my cuticles. The great smell doesn't hurt either!
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Since your lips and eyes have thin skin, they tend to show signs of aging more quickly than other areas of the body. Lip-firming products contain high concentrations of vitamins and anti-inflammatory agents, and they lessen the look of enlarged pores. Here are three products that have been recommended to me.
Pevonia Botanica Youthful Lip Cream ($46) sounds like the end-all, be-all lip-firming treatment. It's a great product for anyone who has yellow stains and/or fine wrinkles around their mouth from smoking. It contains SPF, timed-release retinol (to plump and smooth), shea butter (to moisturize and heal), and azelaic acid (to slightly lighten). Apparently, it also works great as a lipstick base. Apply twice daily and gently massage into the skin.
For two more firming and line-reducing lip creams, read more