How to Prepare your Face for your Wedding Day. Lets Talk Lips!
Get ready to kiss your groom! This isn't a joke, your lips need preparation! Here's how you can put your best pout forward.
Applying lip balm daily is important for overall lip health because the skin on the lips is like none other on the body. It has no sebaceous glands, which means that it cannot make its own oils to keep it moisturized. It also has no melanin, which gives it no natural protection from the sun, increasing chances of ageing. Without getting too technical it's simple; using lip balm is an effective factor in overall lip health and should be taken seriously as a way to prevent unnecessary sores or infections, especially now your wedding day is on the horizon.
Investing in a lip balm containing any of the following ingredients; beeswax, carnauba wax, camphor, lanolin, paraffin, and petrolatum have brilliant long term benefits such as: preventing signs of ageing and collagen levels both on and around the lip contour. Of course we have the trusty Vaseline! But there really are some great brands out there that can benefit you greater.
Here are a few I can't get enough of:
Throughout my many years of experimenting with products as a makeup artist, I've realised its 100% worth investing in a professional skincare brand that sells lip balms or a specific brand that specialise in lip balms, creams or gels, as opposed to a 'chapstick' or 'Boots Original'. There are many different kinds of lip balm products available, from those with only natural ingredients, to lip balms with honey, to medicated balms, to flavoured and even brands that add shimmer or shine to the lips. In It is important to understand how these balms work and why they're important when it comes to overall daily lip care. Maybe it's a good idea for Vaseline to take a back seat for now...
Daily lip care is clearly essential, but just like the skin, the lips need a little TLC twice a week to maintain hydration levels...AKA...lip scrubs, my ultimate favourite for saying goodbye to cracking, peeling skin!
Exfoliation is important for your lips just as much, if not more, as it is for your skin. (refer to blog post 'How to Prepare Your Skin for Your Wedding Day Step 2' to find out more)
As mentioned before, the skin on the lips is much finer than the skin that covers the rest of the body, which is why it can become chapped and peel so easily. Exfoliating and rejuvenating the lips should be an essential step in your skincare routine and it's also a really good hack for pro longing the wear of your chosen lipstick on your wedding day.
I personally swear by Lush Cosmetics Lip Scrub, but whatever takes your fancy!
Quick tip: Avoid touching your chin and lips as much as possible! Not doing so will encourage the pores around your mouth to clog and build unnecessary levels of oil, resulting in pimples!