Show your lips some love 💋

We all know wearing a face mask is compulsory. But there's no denying that masks create a unique set of issues from steamy glasses, to breakouts and maskne.

Now, what I’m noticing is there seems to be another issue- the effect that wearing a face mask has on the lips. I’m seeing loads of dry, dull, sore and chapped lips.

Masks are obviously important - there’s no getting away from that, but how we take care of our lips can help prevent future dryness, sensitivity and sometimes pain. Many women have daily routines for their face and hair, but lip care is something you should consider doing regularly too! While you don’t have to pay as much attention as you would with your face and hair, taking care of your lips should still be consistent in your beauty routine.

Here are some tips:

1. Choose the right mask

The type of mask you wear is crucial to protecting your lips and skin. Light cottons and silks are gentle against the skin and will reduce friction to the surface of the lip.

2. Stay hydrated

Make sure you are drinking enough water! The excess mask use and increased humidity in the area leads to increased loss of water from the lip surface, leaving lips more prone to becoming dry and cracked. Plus, if you are prone to cold sores, staying hydrated is one of the best forms of relief.

3. Exfoliate your lips

Dry lips and friction can result in a build up of dead skin cells, which is what makes regular exfoliation key to maintaining healthy lips. It’s important to choose a product that will not only treat dry skin, but also boost your lips hydration. Try the iS Clinical Lip Duo - Lip Polish followed by Lip exilir.

4. Protect your lips from UV

In South Africa you cannot avoid the amount of time you spend outdoors so it’s important to apply sun protection to your lips every day - just like you do with you skin. Try iS Clinical LipProtect SPF35