16 Genius Ways to Repair and Plump Your Pout
Sugar scrubs and vitamin C-enriched balms naturally exfoliate while hydrating ingredients, like cocoa butter, jojoba seed oil and more, nourish lips back to health.
Restore Lips with Agave
The latest addition to the agave series, Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Balm is a lighter, stick-version of the brand’s bestselling Agave Lip Mask. The infamous formula–a blend of vanilla, brown sugar, agave and French lanolin–was first created in the kitchen of Bite Beauty’s founder and creator, Susanne Langmuir. Stash it in your purse to soothe and restore lips on the go. And trust us, this made in Canada brand knows what lips need, especially during the winter!
BITE Beauty Agave Lip Balm, $20, sephora.com
Scrub Softly with Sugar
Gently buff dry and flay lips with this sugar-based scrub. Take your pick from five sweet flavours, including Sweet Vanilla, Candied Nectar, Fruit of Passion, Summer Berry and Sweet Brown Sugar. Though it’s not nearly as delicious, you can also try a DIY lip scrub by combining olive oil and sugar.
M.A.C Lip Scrubtious, $19, maccosmetics.ca
Nurture and Soothe Skin with Coconut Oil
We know about the many beauty uses of coconut oil, so it’s no surprise that it can also be used to soothe chapped lips. If you’re near a kitchen, you can reach for a jar and dab a little on your lips. Want something a little more purse-friendly? Try a lip balm infused with coconut extract.
Sephora Collection Coconut Water Lip Balm, $8, sephora.com
Smooth Lips with Berry Extract
Take a cue from your favourite celeb (see: Emma Stone’s Golden Globes beauty prep), and nourish your pout with a hydrating lip mask. Cranberry and cherry extract nourish parched lips and provide a smooth canvas for your go-to lipstick (like The Face Shop’s new Moisture Touch Lipstick, $17).
The Face Shop Cherry Cherry Lips Modelling Gel Patch, $4, thefaceshop.ca
Repair with Dragon’s Blood, aka Red Sap
Give your lips a boost of lasting volume (no needles required!) with this sheer formula from Rodial. Dragon’s blood extract, which is actually just red sap from the Sangre de Drago tree, repairs and moisturizes the lip’s delicate skin. Hyaluronic acid plumps and enhances the size. The result? Perfectly plump kissable lips.
Rodial Dragon’s Blood XXL Lip Plumper, $30, Murale and Shoppers Drug Mart
Moisturize with Jojoba Seed Oil
Be sure to colour inside the (lip) lines with these crayons. In a nostalgic throwback, Clinique has collaborated with Crayola on a 10-shade limited edition collection of the brand’s popular Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm. The ultra moisturizing formula uses a special blend of jojoba seed oil, hydrating butters (shea and mango seed) and antioxidants to protect lips and allow your colour of choice to make its mark.
Clinique Crayola Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm, $21, Hudson’s Bay Clinique counters, Sephora, and clinique.ca
Nourish with Cocoa Butter
Your bases are covered with this all-natural lip tint. Hydrating power ingredients like organic beeswax, cocoa butter, coconut oil and avocado oil nourish dry lips while also providing a protective barrier. And that sexy berry hue? That’s thanks to Alkanet root extract.
Smith Farms Red Berry Lip Tint, $7, smithfarmsproducts.com
Get Ready to Kiss with Fruit Oils
These fun and fruity balms are infused with natural fruit oils (like raspberry seed oil, pomegranate oil and grapeseed oil) for a duo-hit of hydration and flavour. Available in six sheer, kissable shades with the added bonus of SPF 20.
Revlon Kiss Balm, $7, mass retailers
Exfoliate with Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps stimulate your lips’ rate of natural exfoliation (perfect for winter chapped lips), while conditioning ingredients like shea butter, jojoba oil and vitamin E soften and nourish. Plus, vitamin C may also aid in collagen production to plump lips and reduce the signs of aging.
eos Visibly Soft Lip Balm, $4, mass retailers
Create a Barrier with Beeswax
Beeswax works as a barrier against dehydration, so be sure to keep this lippie close by while you’re outdoors in the cold. These 100% natural lip crayons leave lips soft and hydrated for eight hours thanks to community sourced beeswax, shea butter, kendi oil and jojoba oil. Choose from six nature-inspired shades.
Burt’s Bees Gloss Lip Crayons, $10, mass retailers
Hydrate with Avocado
This all-natural lip moisturizer gets its hydration power from rich organic avocado, coconut oil and beeswax. Natural mica and iron oxides provide a juicy lip tint to create four wearable shades. Plus, the paper pot packaging is biodegradable, recyclable and can be composted. Use them to start your own seedlings with these tips from the Rocky Mountain Soap Co. blog.
Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Lip Quench, $14, rockymountainsoap.com
Protect with Mango Seed Butter
Your winter beauty arsenal wouldn’t be complete without a tube of Blistex. The brand’s latest is a triple-butter blend with SPF 15 (because the sun does in fact shine during winter). Shea, mango and tucuma butters are deeply moisturizing, with a creamy–not sticky–texture.
Blistex Blissful Butters, $4, mass retailers
Condition Lips with Vitamins A and E
This Lip Renewing Honeybee Scrub gently removes dead skin cells, while also boosting circulation. The sugar crystals are suspended in an emollient-rich formula of jojoba seed oil, olive oil and more. Antioxidant-rich vitamins A and E condition and protect against free radical damage.
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Love, $28, Holt Renfrew and charlottetilbury.com
Turn on the Humidifier
Is your bedroom or office dry as a bone? Studies show your skin actually loses up to 25 percent moisture in the cold winter months. Put some of that moisture back in your skin (and the air!) with a humidifier.
Dyson Humidifier, $600, dysoncanada.ca
Always a favourite, Softlips LUXE Silky Shea formula combines hydrating shea butter with antioxidant-rich vitamins A, C and E to provide a protective barrier against winter’s harsh elements.
Softlips LUXE Silky Shea, $5, Shoppers Drug Mart and Walmart
This one is obvious, but that’s because it’s tried and true. Be sure to drink plenty of water–even when it’s cold. Aim for eight glasses a day to stay hydrated and prevent your lips from becoming chapped.