It's easy to neglect the lips when you're worried about keeping your skin and hair looking beautiful during the cold-weather months. However, your lips are likely to react to the change of the season more readily, because the skin is so delicate and will flake easily. Using just any old lip balm won't be enough to keep dry and flaky lips at bay, so now is a great time to start using a more intensive lip treatment. A good lip scrub combined with the right moisture-infused treatment will keep those lips soft and supple all season long.
Here are three lip treatment must-haves for winter 2012:
#1: Ultimate Lip Exfoliator: Sara Happ Peppermint Lip Scrub
I make sure to have this lip scrub on hand year round, and you'll find it in several yummy flavors. For winter 2012, pick up the peppermint version for a refreshing pick-me-up any time of day. These scrubs are just massaged onto the lips with light pressure, and you wipe them off with a damp cloth. It's one of the best lip exfoliators out there and is made with high-grade oil and natural ingredients. If you want a sweeter treat for the lips, go with Brown Sugar, Vanilla Bean or Cocoa this season.
#2: Moisture Boost: Peter Thomas Roth Pink Bombshell Lip Balm
So, $20 seems a little steep for lip balm. But, the Peter Thomas Roth Pink Bombshell Lip Balm will last you a few months, even with daily use. This one is an ultra-rich lip moisturizer made with avocado oil, Shea, and mango butter, and vitamins A, C, and E, which help to repair and restore your lips. Another benefit of this product: it will plump up your lips ever so slightly. It contains carnauba wax, which acts as a light barrier between the lips and the environment, so lips stay smooth, plump, and soft for hours.
#3: Overnight Repair: Philosophy Kiss Me Tonight Intense Lip Therapy
I've been using this overnight lip treatment for over a year now and can't go without it. The tiny pot goes a long way and is one of the most effective overnight treatments out there. A very thin layer is all you need to wake up with smooth, plump, and soft lips. It's the best product for warding off flaking, chapping, and dehydrated lips this winter - and beyond.
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