Gorgeous lips are soft, healthy and hydrated at all times. Lips that are properly moisturised always look plump and juicy, which means big smiles and plenty of confidence. We don’t want to have to hide our lips away because they are chapped, dry or flaky! My patients often ask me how they can keep their lips soft following a treatment like lip augmentation or filler injections. So, here are some simple tips for achieving well-moisturised lips.
Maintain a healthy diet
Just as your skin needs a good intake of vitamins to stay healthy, your lips also benefit greatly from a good diet. It is important to eat a lot of healthy foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables, and make sure you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals in your diet. I always advise my patients to eat foods that are high in Vitamin B (such as eggs, oatmeal, soya beans and vegetables) and Vitamin E (such as spinach, raw seeds, almonds and kale).
Use a good lip balm
Choosing the best lip balm or treatment is essential for properly hydrated and moisturised lips. Thinner balms and glosses often just coat the surface of your lips, without actually adding any moisture, which is why I say to my patients that they should look out for products with a beeswax, petroleum jelly or paraffin base. These thicker balms are effective at sealing moisture into the lips, and don’t evaporate as quickly. For a natural option, you could try olive oil, as it is a wonderful moisturiser and can help to keep your lips soft and supple.
Protect your lips from the sun
We’ve probably all experienced sunburn on our skin, but did you know that your lips can burn too? To stop this from happening, you can apply a bit of sun cream (even in winter!) to your lips, perhaps before applying your makeup. If you find that your lips are starting to feel dry or damaged from the sun, aloe vera is a wonderfully soothing natural lip balm.
Get rid of build-up
Dead skin cells can build up on our lips quite quickly, and this can stop moisture from getting in. Exfoliating with a gentle lip scrub once a week is a really good way to improve the effectiveness of your lip balm.
Whenever I provide lip treatment for a patient, I always advise that they come in for a facial mesotherapy session about once a month. There are many benefits of mesotherapy – for example, it is a perfect solution for bringing vitamins and hyaluronic acid directly into the lips, which helps to make them plumper, healthier and more moisturised.
To find out more about keeping your lips moisturised, or for a chat about whether mesotherapy is right for you, book a consultation with Dr Fern today.