It has been an unusually wet and cold winter in Southern California and I wasn’t sure how my skin would react to the new season. Before any issues could arise I took matters into my own hands to really mix up my skincare routine. I have been using some great products lately and my skin looks and feels great. The change in products has been a good thing since I haven’t experienced any dryness this winter (knock on wood!). A couple of weeks ago I ran into someone I haven’t seen in a few months and one of her first questions to me was, “Are you doing anything different? Because you are glowing and your skin looks radiant”. I will admit..she made my day.
During winter you start hearing a lot about skin care products to help prevent dryness and flaky skin. However, one of the most overlooked areas is your lips. You shouldn’t neglect to exfoliant and moisturize your lips to keep them kissable soft. Guys, this also includes you! And with Valentines Day coming up, now is the time to get your lips ready for any makeout sessions that may be in your future!
When it comes to taking care of your lips, the goal is to keep them soft, supple and moisturized. Lip care involves little effort, which is great when you’re short on time. If you are looking for a few products to keep your lips looking and feeling their best, I’d like to share a few products with you. The best thing is that these products can help keep your pout looking and feeling great this winter…and throughout the rest of the year.
Fresh Sugar Serum Advanced Therapy. I have been a fan of Fresh products for many years but had not tried this serum until last year since it was included in a gift pack I purchased. I’m always game to try new beauty products! It is a lightweight serum housed in a pump that goes on feeling like a thin lotion to help with fine lines. Originally, I wasn’t sure how it would fit into my skincare routine so I tried using it at night and in the morning to see which I liked best. I found that I prefer using it in the morning since another Fresh product works best for me at night. I barely use just half a pump of this serum on my lips each morning after I brush my teeth. I finish my morning routine and apply my lipstick last so the serum has a chance to absorb. If I apply too much and find that my lips feel too glossy before applying lipstick then I will wipe off any excess serum before applying my color. I’m not sure if it was intended for this, but I have found that it works well as a great primer for my lipstick. Fresh says that it can be used alone throughout the day but it doesn’t provide the hydration that I need on its own. So for daytime hydration for men and women I would suggest….
Fresh Sugar Nourishing Lip Balm – Advanced Therapy. If you are carrying around Chapstick …get rid of that waxy little tube now! I absolutely love this product and is a beauty product staple that I can’t live without. I apply it at night and find that when I wake up in the morning my lips are soft and smooth. It comes in a nice small container so it’s easy to tote around if you simply want to use it as a lip treatment throughout the day. The price point is also great considering that a little goes a very, very long way.
Fresh Sugar Lip Polish. This product has a cult following and I’m one of the loyal users of this particular lip scrub. I scoop out a tiny amount and rub it over my lips in a circular motion to help exfoliate and condition. I usually leave it on for about a minute (give or take) for extra conditioning. This is gritty and slightly oily so it is best to wipe it off with a damp washcloth. I like to use this once or twice a week. It’s always included in my Sunday Spa Day ritual at home. It’s exfoliating but gentle enough to use day or night. It will leave your lips feeling conditioned without leaving a heavy oily residue.
The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ. Sara Happ is touted as a purveyor of luxury lips. What’s not to love about her product that comes packaged in a cute little box tied with a satin bow? I recently started using this product and have incorporated it into my Sunday Spa Day routine. I have to admit that this product is giving the Fresh Sugar Lip Polish a run for its money. I am currently using Peppermint but it also comes in several yummy “flavors” (although not meant to be consumed) such as Sparkling Pink Grapefruit, Passion Fruit, Vanilla Bean and Sprinkles Red Velvet (yes, like the cupcakes!). It has a slightly grittier consistency and a tad oilier the Fresh version. I particularly like this for use at night before bedtime or any other time when I want to sport a nude lip. I love the Peppermint scent but I really want to try the Grapefruit version also.
So there you have it…a line up of great products to get your lips in kissable shape before Valentines Day and keep them in tip top condition. Don’t forget that staying hydrated is also essential, not only for your lips and skin but for overall good health.
**Because sharing is caring…For a limited time Nordstrom is offering a free gift with any Fresh purchase over $75.00. Who doesn’t love free? Plus it’s a great way to try some new product!