The Ultimate Skincare Routine for Your Lips
They dole out their fair share of love, but your lips need their own kind of tender love and care, too. But we don't mean special scrubs, serums, and masks (though, yes, those products exist). "Unlike facial skin, your mouth's surface doesn’t require exfoliation—and abrasives can actually cause cracking," says Austin, Texas, dermatologist Ted Lain. The keys to happy lips, he says, are simple: hydration and sun protection, in that order.
On the hydration front, begin at night. After brushing your teeth (toothpaste can be drying), pat on a thick, nourishing salve, like Aquaphor Immediate Relief Lip Repair Balm ($4, target.com). Then dab a cream with retinol around your lips to prevent fine lines. We like Roc Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream ($26, cvs.com) for this. Each morning, apply your sun protection; Lain likes Supergoop! Play Lip Balm With Acai SPF 30 ($9.50, dermstore.com). Last? A kiss of color—we're partial to Maybelline's Color Sensational Cream Lipstick ($7.49, ulta.com), pictured above—in any format you fancy. Look to the below options for more help in that department.
Go for Gloss
If you prefer a high-impact shine without the stickiness, try Dior Lip Glow Oil ($34, sephora.com) with moisturizing cherry oil.