Lip Appreciation Day
Lip Truths to Live by
It goes without saying that our lips have high standards to live up to but are sorely under-appreciated. We’re finally coming out of the spiral of lockdowns here in Sydney and I for one, am ready to reach my lip goals.
Though it seems insignificant, I truly believe it’s the little things that can bring out a new confidence in you. I’m the first to admit that it’s hard to keep up with every new thing that comes your way, however, I’ve decided to take on all the messy learning curves for the greater good of anyone else who wants to achieve the same goals as me.
So, for every other lip junkie out there, here are some lip truths to live by!
The first thing I couldn’t help but wonder was how everyone seemed to have these fuller-looking, smooth lips. I wanted to know what it would take to achieve that (without using plumping products or lip injections) so we’re disqualifying these as an option, much like this beauty contest.
Let’s acknowledge the fact that things are not always as they seem, and filters are a saviour for many who are in search of plumper lips (guilty, as charged!), but I thought I’d give it a shot anyway.
The first thing to note: hydration, hydration, hydration. Keeping your lips moisturised will cure a lot of your lip concerns! I’m no specialist, but I’ve learnt that our lips are missing the same oil glands as the rest of our body, which explains why mine always feel so dry. Having dry lips will inevitably result in the dreaded lip wrinkles, and no one wants that!
This is a before shot of how my lip journey began: beautiful, but so so dry.
Using a lip balm regularly will help soften the look of wrinkles and will actually also make your lips a little plumper!
Here are some goodies that I used to get to softer, smoother lips:
Dermalogica AGE Smart Renewal Lip Complex: This is the holy grail of all lip balms. It minimises contour lines and, smooths rough and uneven lips. What I loved the most about this was the fact that it felt great on my lips and could be used as a conditioning primer before lipstick application!
If you’re like me and you need more than just lip balm to get a smooth, texture-free finish, I strongly recommend also using the Dermalogica AGE Smart Nightly Lip Treatment. I was a sceptic at first too, but I’ve since been converted. It helps restore a youthful and plump look, decreases the appearance of fine feather lines and wrinkles, and moisturises to enhance skin elasticity and restore barrier function against noticeable signs of dry and chapped lips.
I’ve noticed my lips look and feel smoother and plumper. Lips deserve the same amount of attention and investment as the rest of our skin, they’ve earned a little appreciation!
P.S. If you’re looking for a little more variety in your lip care, I’ve listed some great lip-loving products for you below that the team here at Catwalk love to use:
ASAP Hydrating Lip Balm 10ml: Their formula contains Niacinamide (B3) for nourishing moisture and smooth lips. It also has Alpine Rose which helps reduce cold sore occurrence and bisabolol soothes lips and accelerates healing. A great option to endure the winter with!
Payot Crème N°2 Stick Lèvres 4g: This one is for the people who like to keep things simple and to the point. You’ll love its generous balm texture, which melts into an oil upon application, enveloping the lips in a soft and protective layer. Sometimes all you need is a lip balm!
The Jojoba Company Ho-ho-ba Kissmas Pack: Wanting to knock out two birds with one stone? Why not go for the best-selling Australian Jojoba Oil and Jojoba Lip Balm. This perfect duo will have your lips and skin glowing and hydrated all year-'round!
Aspect Hydrating Lip Balm 5g: Indulge your lips with these moisture-locking ingredients and provide them with long-lasting hydration and protection from dehydration! Another great option for the people who like to keep things simple, or are just starting out with their lip and skincare journey.
Medik8 Mutiny Lip Balm 15ml: This is a squalane-based gel-like balm that provides instant and long-lasting hydration! This beautifully nourishing formula melts into an oil on the lips, replenishing lost lipids and giving a skin-like protection level that prevents any lost moisture. Sea buckthorn oil infuses the lip with omega oils to repair and restore its natural barrier, supporting the healing process of chapped lips. The lip balm has an indulgent lemongrass fragrance and gives a slight refreshing tingle upon application. Suitable for everyday use and very beginner-friendly.
Payot Nutrica Baume Levres Cocoon 6g: This lip care balm deeply nourishes and enhances your lips. Soothes, protects and repairs even the driest, weakened and cracked lips. Perfect for winter, the melt in texture nourishes and repairs while leaving a subtle shine, this will have your lips looking supple and gorgeous. You can’t deny that using a potted lip balm feels beyond luxurious, treat yourself!
Payot Supreme Jeunesse Levres 3g: If you were looking for a ‘my lips but better’ moment, you’ve found it! Treat your lips to this highly effective and ultra-targeted lip care. The soft balm infused with precious white flower and hyaluronic acid nourishes and plumps your lips, with anti-aging care that reduces wrinkles and fine lines around the lip contour. The soft pink tones enhance your natural lip colour while the iridescent finish leaves your lips looking full and radiant.
Bioline Jato Primaluce Exfordiance Cream Eye & Lip 30ml: A specific treatment for the sensitive eye and lip contour zone that nourishes, hydrates and enhances skin elasticity and softness, giving luminosity and freshness to the look. Definitely one to try if your eyes also need some TLC!