I can’t stand chapped lips, and I’m sure you agree. Especially when I’m wearing matte lipstick. Matte lipstick is already drying, and you can usually see every single lip imperfection through the cream. A few weeks ago, I decided to try on my new Uoma lipstick. The color was gorgeous, but my lips didn’t look so great in it, no matter how much lip balm I slathered on. Finally, I decided to experiment, and I’m so glad I did because I was able to find the perfect pre-lipstick routine for my lips that smooths, heals, and softens. Actually, I like the ritual so much that I do it every night as I get ready for bed. I hope this works as well for you as it does for me!

1: Smooth (With a Lip Scrub)

The first step is getting rid of all of the dead skin, creating a smooth surface. I just combine brown sugar and coconut oil, an idea I got from this website, and rub the mixture on my lips for a minute or two. This scrub is both easy and cheap to make, and you don’t have to worry about putting chemicals on your face (not to mention it doesn’t taste bad!).

2: Heal (With Medicated Lip Balm)

Next, I use a medicated lip balm in order to… well, heal my lips, as well as to prevent my lips from getting chapped again soon. Lip scrubs are great, but they don’t do much more than temporarily smooth your lips. In order to actually soothe them, I highly recommend a medicated balm. Any one will do, but I use chap-eze because it’s only $1 at the Dollar Tree.

3: Soften (With a Moisturizing Lip Balm)

The final step! To get my lips ultra-soft and cushiony, I use a traditional, moisturizing balm on top of the medicated balm. Lately, I’ve been loving Burt’s Bees Pomegranate Lip Balm-it’s not my favorite scent, but I feel like it moisturizes better than some of the others. Maybe it’s the antioxidants? Of course, any good lip balm will do, though!

Do you have any tips for lips? I’d love to hear them! Email me directly or comment below!

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