As sure as the sky is blue, dry lips seem primed to seek us out. Uncomfortable and unsightly in equal measure, they’re a drag if you love a pop of colour in your makeup routine. We'll just put it out there: the thought of applying lipstick to flaky lips is the stuff of nightmares. Rome wasn’t built in a day – and nor are healthy lips. By carefully curating your skincare regime, you can cultivate a pout that's fit to take out.

Why lips get dry

Unlike our face and other parts of our body, lips contain no sweat or oil glands. These glands serve as the skin’s natural moisturisers – so you can see why our lips get dry so easily without them. The skin of our lips is also extremely thin; so thin, in fact, that blood cells are visible (that's where they get that rosy pink colour). Protecting this thin skin barrier is a critical factor in maintaining healthy lips.

Beyond our genetics, exposure to the elements can have lips looking worse for wear. Extreme temperatures and wind are often the culprits, but the change of seasons is a factor, too. As the seasons shift, the level of moisture (humidity) in the air can shift with it, sapping our lips of moisture.

It might seem counterintuitive, but saliva can actually strip moisture – so licking lips is officially banished from the list of cures.

The best way to treat dry lips

For your healthiest lips, a lip conditioner and natural lipstick should be a staple of your routine. Yes, lipstick! The right natural formulas will plump, not parch.  The key is to layer lips with conditioning products that deliver nutrient-rich ingredients. Even lipstick can fit into this ultra-hydrating routine.

1: Prep & protect lips with a conditioning lip balm

Make sure that little tube lurking at the bottom of your handbag is a quiet achiever. A conditioning balm such as Kiwi Seed Oil Lip Conditioner delivers moisture to lips without the greasiness that comes with ultra-oily treatments and high-shine glosses.  The skin of the lips is kept healthy, hydrated, and flake-free thanks to a blend of bioactives. Kiwi seed oil, ultra-rich in Vitamin C, joins avocado oil, full of essential vitamins and omegas. These oils help the balm protect against water loss and increase surface lipids, keeping lips soft and plumped in appearance.

Beauty tip

This hard-working lip conditioner is also a natural lip primer, providing a hydrating barrier between lips and lippy. Smooth under your favourite lipstick to prevent feathering or settling in fine lines. Sans lipstick, it’s also an instant moisture boost to treat dry lips at any time of day.

2: Apply healthy colour with a moisturising lipstick

Over the course of our lifetime, it’s said we ingest as many as three kilograms, or seven pounds, of lipstick. Regardless of the exact quantity, it stands to reason that anything you put on your lips should also be safe to eat.

So healthy, you could almost eat them

Inspect the label of your lipsticks. Many contain a smorgasbord of potentially harmful ingredients, such as synthetic preservatives. You'll also find drying alcohols, which are commonly used to create fragrance

Moisture-Boost Natural Lipsticks trade synthetic nasties for 100% natural origin ingredients, so they're safe for your daily routine. These toxin-free, all-natural lipsticks are certified vegetarian, too. The only animal byproduct is beeswax, which helps to give the lipstick its structure and smooth application. Lipstick - and lip star.

Matte, yet moisturising

Nutrient-rich ingredients mean Antipodes’ natural lipsticks moisturise and condition as they colour. Think pure plant oils like argan oil, evening primrose oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, and shea butter. Daring reds, cheeky oranges, soft pinks, and subtle nudes: the bold matte shades come from low levels of FDA-approved pigments. The rich colours stay put without drying lips.

Beauty tip

Apply several layers of your favourite Moisture-boost Natural Lipstick for lips that pop with ultra-vibrant shades; or gently dab with a tissue to leave a soft wash of colour.

3: Perfect your pout with a silky skin balm

Multi-purpose products are your body's best friend. A dab of Saviour Skin Balm, applied to the centre of the lips, adds a hint of gloss without drying out your pout.  Thanks to totara, a native New Zealand hardwood tree with powerful antimicrobial qualities, as well as soothing chamomile and tea tree oil, lips shine with good health.

Beauty tip

Unless you’re aiming for an editorial look, we recommend a light touch. There’s a fine line between striking and sticky.

Prevention is key

Rain, wind, cold, sun – staying on top of your lip care means lips that look and feel healthy all year round.  Think of a natural lip care regime as your weapon against the elements, helping to seal your delicate skin barrier.  By keeping lips soft, hydrated, plumped and protected, you can bid goodbye to the dreaded dry.

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