I am a member of the Invisalign Advisory Board, and am receiving complimentary treatment. All opinions are fully my own.
Okay, our move to a location with actual seasons is kind of killing me in the dry skin department. I’m not at all used to being so parched – the tips of my fingers are sooooooo dry, and my lips? So dry and peely and NOT COOL because I should be flashing my new, straight smile right about now. (I’m waiting for my new aligners to arrive, so I’ve had a little Invisalign break over the past month, only wearing while I sleep.)
I’ve definitely had to step up my lip care routine, and found the only way to stay on top of the dryness is two-fold. Exfoliating and Moisturizing. I put a call out on my Facebook page for winter lip tips and received so many great suggestions. Here are the most popular mentions, as well as what I’m using. (They all score super low on EWG Skin Deep, of course!)
1. Lush Mint Juleps Lip Scrub – I’m scared I might start eating this out of the pot, though.
2. Coconut Oil + Toothbrush – Total DIY and totally works. Mix a little sugar with some coconut oil, spread some on your lips and go at it with a toothbrush. Gets all the flaky skin off.
3. The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ – Highly recommended by friends. And have you seen all the flavors?
1. Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask – I am obsessed with this lip mask. Fully and completely obsessed. I wrote about it here.
2. S.W. Basics Lip Balm – Love these balms as well – super creamy and moisturizing…not like the traditional hard and waxy roll-up balms.
3. Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream – This one was a surprise to me, but mentioned a few times on the Facebook post. Apparently this cuticle cream is great for moisturizing lips too.
Dry, cracked lips be GONE because I’m all about the new smile these days. (Although please feel free to mention any other great lip products in the comments!)
As for the smile, if you have always wanted straighter teeth, I can’t recommend Invisalign enough. Check out the smile assessment to see if you are a candidate. You can also visit Invisalign’s doctor locator to find a practitioner near you.
AmandaDecember 15, 2014 at 8:02 am
Hi Sarah! How were you able to find the Lush lip scrub on EWG? When I searched, nothing showed up. I’m trying to weed out my beauty collection too for things that are better for me!
whoorlDecember 15, 2014 at 8:19 am
It is fairly safe – here are the ingredients: Castor Sugar , Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis) , Vanilla Extract (Vanilla planifolia) , Tagetes Oil (Tagetes minuta) , Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita) , Limonene (this is the only questionable ingredient) , Flavor
However, if you want to go super duper safe, I would recommend the other two options.
Also, tip for the future, if you can’t find the actual product, just enter the ingredients into the WWG search. I have yet to see an ingredient that isn’t listed on their website. :)
AmandaDecember 16, 2014 at 6:29 am
Erica BDecember 15, 2014 at 8:41 am
As kids growing up in northern Canada, we would constantly lick our lips in the winter because they’d be so dry and then develop an ugly red ring around our lips (I realize this sounds awful and pretty gross but that’s truth, man!). My mom would make us put penaten cream on our lips before bed to help with the dryness and the rash (which it did). I only realized years later that it’s more commonly used as diaper cream. Multi-purpose!
SaraDecember 15, 2014 at 11:26 am
A little off topic, but any tips on makeup for kids? I know, it sounds awful, but I’ve got a 4 year old whose one and only wish from Santa this year is lipstick. (I’m in serious trouble when this girl hits her teens!) I bought a toy makeup kit (not real makeup), but I think she’ll be royally disappointed if she doesn’t have something to rub on her lips on Christmas day. Most of the cosmetics marketed to little girls strike me as probably not EWG approved, so I wondered if you might recommend anything safe, inexpensive, and not too flashy. My best thought right now is Burts Bees lip tints. Thanks!
kimDecember 15, 2014 at 2:59 pm
Umm I cannot read this title without saying tits. Am I the only one??
MimiDecember 15, 2014 at 10:27 pm
I just got Invisalign and every time I put on lipgloss or lipstick it gets all over the llners!
Any tips for that!? I love wearing lipstick but not on my teeth:)
LaurenDecember 16, 2014 at 8:48 am
I’ve been on the hunt for a great lip scrub. Can’t wait to try out a few of your suggestions. Great post!