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Thing of Beauty

How to Nix Flaky, Cracked Lips (For Good)

Thing of Beauty BY courtney conway 02/08/2017

 

Are your smackers so beat-up right now that you want to, well, smack ‘em? Sheena Yataines, the molecular-biology buff who created Kosås and its creamy, dreamy lip colors, is here to help. Here are her top four tips for keeping your lips (and, uh, the rest of you) in top form, even when the elements are 100% against you.

 

 

BALANCE YOUR WHOLE BODY

“The lips on your face are actually very similar to the lips on your vagina—they're made up of the same kind of tissue as your labia, and they're similarly very much dependent on hormones. So when your estrogen is out of balance, your skin in both those areas becomes really dry and thin. So solid lip health really starts with eating a clean and balanced diet and being really hydrated, since your lips contain a lot of water.”

 

LAYER UP ON MOISTURIZER

“Emollients with a larger molecular weight, like wax, won’t absorb into your skin. They create a barrier, which is important, but won’t add any moisture to your lips. If you want something that penetrates and hydrates, you need to use a botanical oil like jojoba, which has a small enough molecular weight to actually soak in. I always like to moisturize my lips with my regular face moisturizer, then put a balm or shea butter on top to protect from further damage and give my lips a chance to heal themselves. And if you really need help, layering an absorbent oil on at night under a heavier lip balm works really well.”

 

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GET RID OF THAT DEAD SKIN

“Don’t forget to exfoliate your lips! Dry brushing is such a lovely thing. Facial dry brushes are much gentler than the body ones—I use one in the shower on my whole face every day. Slather on the lip moisturizers overnight, dry brush all the dead skin off in the morning, and your lips will be beautiful!”

 

WEAR A LIPSTICK THAT ACTUALLY HELPS

“A high-quality lipstick itself can be a good protector, especially in the winter when the elements are so strong. In our lipsticks, there's green tea oil, an antioxidant that repairs cells, rosehip seed oil that’s hormone-balancing, and sweet orange oil, which is collagen-building. All of those things go inside the lips and do work there. And then there's shea butter, cocoa butter, and mango butter, all of which protect the lips and let the lips heal themselves. So start wearing Kosås every day! Or at least pay more attention to the ingredient list in any lip color you’re buying.”

 

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