5 steps to your most kissable lips

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Pucker up for your softest, most kissable lips to date with these five steps.

 

News flash: dry, chapped lips are not just for the chilly, winter weather — it can happen in summertime too. During the hotter days, our lips are exposed to the unforgiving sun and the moisture-sucking heat, which can result in sun damage and dehydration. Our pouts start to crack up and flake… not exactly the way to go to get summer fling-ready.

Just like our skin, our lips require some TLC to stay smooth and healthy. With proper care, you can even up your kissability factor with a set of luscious, supple puckers. Below, find how your lips can look and taste (wink!) equally good with these five steps.

Exfoliate

9 Jul 15 - SM - 5 steps to your most kissable lips - 1 Exfoliating helps to get rid of dead skin cells and keeps the roughness off.

Keep your smackers smooth with some polishing action. Exfoliating helps to get rid of dead skin cells and keeps the roughness off. Try a good quality lip exfoliator from the beauty counters or simply DIY by mixing sugar and honey together. Just scrub off in circular motion with your finger or a toothbrush. This sugar acts as an exfoliator while honey boasts natural hydrating benefits.

Just don’t start licking this delicious combo off. Licking your lips actually make them drier as your saliva contains digestive enzymes that can wear the thin skin on your lips down.

Hydrate

9 Jul 15 - SM - 5 steps to your most kissable lips - 2 Drinking plenty of water also helps to condition your lips from the inside out. (Photo reposted from Instagram user Girllovesgloss)

Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate. If you have terribly chapped lips, it is recommended that you increase your water consumption. Not only is staying hydrated important throughout the day, drinking plenty of water also helps to condition your lips from the inside out.

If you prefer a sweeter beverage rather than water, try SkinnyMint Morning Boost Tea. It quenches your thirst while keeping your energy at a constant high all day.

Moisturize

9 Jul 15 - SM - 5 steps to your most kissable lips - 3 Slather on a little bit of chapstick to help lock in the moisture.

Now that you’ve got your insides covered, slather on a little bit of chapstick to help lock in the moisture. Before you go to bed at night, give your puckers an overnight lip treatment by layering up on your chapstick. It stays on as long as you snooze, so your lips can get all the nourishment they need to stay soft and supple.

Protect

9 Jul 15 - SM - 5 steps to your most kissable lips - 4 When choosing your chapstick, look out for one that is equipped with SPF UVA/UVB protection.

Your lips need SPF protection as much as the rest of your skin. The skin on your lips contain little or no melanin, which is a pigment that darkens your skin tone under sun exposure and keeps you protected from harmful UV rays. Without melanin, your lips are prone to sunburn and can develop sunspots and skin cancer.

When choosing your chapstick, look out for one that is equipped with SPF UVA/UVB protection. This way, your pout stays hydrated and protected at the same time.

Line or stain

9 Jul 15 - SM - 5 steps to your most kissable lips - 5 A lip stain leaves a long-lasting, natural tint that will reveal a set of oh-so-kissable rosy lips.

To achieve your gorgeously colored lip look, choose a lip liner that will help define and lock your lipstick without worrying about feathering or smudging. If your lips are naturally dull, a lip stain is your best bet as lipsticks tend to fade away before the end of the day. A lip stain leaves a long-lasting, natural tint that will reveal a set of oh-so-kissable rosy lips.

Did you miss out any of these steps to achieve your most kissable lips? Tell us which one you missed below.

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