Spring Lip Care Tips & Tricks
This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own
We’re about to get personal here – but hey, that’s what this blog is for: to be a friend, a pal, a “been there, done that” type of gal in your life to help you navigate the waters of living a bold, vibrant life. So, let’s just call out the elephant in the room (or blog?) and talk about it: lip care. Specifically: Cold sores.
Yeah. I went there. You might be cringing. You might be thinking “Heyyyy there, Chelsie. That is just a little too yucky for my morning reading.” But I believe in keeping it real over here and that means discussing the good, the bad, and the ugly. Now that the weather is starting to change (and can’t make up its mind about whether it wants to be winter or spring) we need to talk about lip care and how to make sure your lips survive the season transition. Ain’t nobody got time for painful, dry, cracked lips, or even worse, a cold sore. (Turns out, 50-80% of US adults deal with cold sores/oral herpes, so it’s a legit problem. Hence, why we’re talking about it.)
3 Spring Lip Care Tips & Tricks
1.Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. Especially if you are living in the mid-west like me where it is DRY as all get out. I grew up in New England, where we ran a dehumidifier because it was so damp. Here in Utah? We’re running a humidifier 24/7 because it’s so dang dry and boy oh boy, do my lips feel it. If I don’t stay on top of my hydration (drinking water) they will begin to chap and peel and become so painful within a day. I can’t wear any lipstick because my lips are so sore and forget kissing Dustin goodnight. Staying on top of your fluids not only helps your body stay hydrated but also helps maintain fluid balance from the water left on your lips.
2. Exfoliate. FRIENDS! Did you know that your lips have a thinner layer of skin than the rest of your body? That’s why they dry out so fast – and why it’s so important to stay on top of exfoliation. When the dry, dead skin builds up, it can prevent moisture getting back into your lips. Also, it feels and looks gross. No one wants flaky lips. Exfoliating your lips is just as important as exfoliating the rest of your skin. I use a simple sugar scrub in the shower every morning to help remove build up and provide a clean, even surface for additional lip products.
3. Protect. Get your hands on a powerful lip balm that can protect your lips from the elements, or worse, the dreaded cold sore. I personally love the under-the-radar beauty jewel, Herpecin L, which is a unique, pharmacist-recommended* product for the treatment, protection, and relief of cold sores, sun and fever blisters. Herpecin L is safe to use every day to help relieve and protect painful cracking of lips and promotes healing without numbing or drying. It’s the perfect double-threat: it not only protects from sunburns and adds moisture to prevent dry lips, but it also helps treat and heal cold sores because of the medicine it contains that helps speed up the healing process. I keep this stuff on me at ALL TIMES when the seasons change, since that seems to be when my lips freak out the most. It also is one of the first things I apply in the morning when I’m putting my makeup on!
Okay, so now that we’ve talked about the #reallife stuff, go grab yourself some Herpecin L at Walmart and go forth and take care of your lips!
And tell me in the comments below – what other #reallife stuff do you wanna talk about here on HTC?