Let’s be honest: No one likes to deal with a chapped, dry-looking pout. While you may make it a point to keep a lip balm handy, sometimes your pout needs a little extra TLC to look and feel its best. And if you’re obsessed with skin care like us, you may have heard all about the lip mask craze.
Just like face masks you may be familiar with, this essential is said to provide your pout with a variety of benefits. That being said, lip masks have become a hot commodity in the beauty world. You can even find almost 22K posts on Instagram with beauty lovers hopping on the trend, so it’s definitely one to keep on your radar.
If you’re wondering if lip masks are a must for your routine, we’re here to help. Ahead, we’re giving you the lowdown on the benefits of lip sleeping masks to complement your beauty routine.
WHAT ARE LIP MASKS?
Lip masks (a.k.a. overnight lip masks) are beauty staples that provide your lips with the ultimate level of hydration. They are typically formulated with skin-softening ingredients such as butters and oils that are thicker than standard lip balms. You can also find them in sheet, clay, or cream alternatives. Not to mention, some formulas are said to plump your lips—and everyone loves a perky pout. Basically, the possibilities are vast for lip sleeping masks.
DO LIP MASKS WORK?
With so many beauty products aimed at providing lips with hydration, you may be thinking that lip masks are not worth adding to your arsenal. Well, we’re here to tell you that’s not true. Everyone should add lip sleeping masks to their routine. As we mentioned, these skin care products go the extra mile to provide your lips with the right amount of moisture needed. And if you live in a cold and dry climate or are simply prone to dryness, lip masks can help pick up the slack.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU USE A LIP MASK?
Since you now have a better understanding of the benefits of lip sleeping masks, you’re probably ready to add them to your routine ASAP. We don’t blame you! Unlike other skin care masks that should only be used two to three times a week, most lip masks can be used in your daily regimen. Lip masks deliver long-lasting moisture and nourishment, so there’s no need to worry about any adverse effects. Of course, you’ll want to make sure that you follow the instructions for the product you’re using to get the best results. Speaking of which...
HOW TO USE A LIP MASK IN YOUR ROUTINE
Now it’s time for the reason you’re here—learning how to use a lip sleeping mask. Follow our tips below to work your way to a smooth, hydrated set of lips.
STEP #1: REACH FOR A LIP SCRUB
Before you pick up a lip mask, it’s important to start things off on the right note. Just as how your skin requires a round of exfoliation to remove dead skin cells, your lips require the same treatment. After all, exfoliating your lips the right way will go a long way in helping you maintain a pillowy-soft pout. One of the best ways to get the ball rolling is to rely on the help of a face scrub that works double-duty to cleanse your visage and lips. Grab the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub, which is formulated with cocoa, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and three pure sugars that melt onto skin for a deep and gentle exfoliation.
Using dry fingers, pick up a small amount of the scrub and smooth it onto clean, dry lips. Massage it over your pout with wet fingers, then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
STEP #2: GRAB YOUR LIP MASK
It’s time for the star of the show—a lip mask. If you’re using a sheet offering, gently apply the product onto your lips. For those using a clay or cream formula, layer a generous amount of the lip mask onto your pout. Follow the instructions listed on the packaging and let the product work its magic for the suggested amount of time.
STEP #3: REMOVE THE LIP MASK
Once the time is up, you’ll need to remove the lip mask. If you used a sheet alternative, peel the product from your skin and toss it out. Pat the remaining serum onto your lips until fully absorbed. For clay or cream formulas, gently wipe them off with a damp cotton round.
OTHER LIP CARE TIPS TO FOLLOW
While lip masks are a fabulous way to upgrade your beauty routine, it’s important not to leave the basics behind. Consider these two tips below to help keep your pout in shape.
#1. MAKE LIP BALM YOUR BFF
One of the easiest ways to help your lips maintain a soft and supple feel is to always keep a hydrating lip balm on hand. This pick works wonders to provide your pout with instant moisture with just a few swipes. Keep things simple and store a lip balm in your car and purse for easy access.
#2. ALWAYS WEAR MOISTURIZING LIP MAKEUP
Following a consistent lip care routine should not be your only line of defense for a pillowy pout. Using the right lip makeup products can also do your lips justice. And that means adding hydrating picks to your beauty arsenal. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Satin Lipstick line to score vibrant lip color with a hydrating finish. If you prefer a flirty lip gloss, the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 8 HR Pro Gloss line will keep your lips smooth, colorful, and glossy for a long-lasting look.
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