I don’t know about you, but summer always means loads of kissing to me. Summer romance, going on sweet dates, getting caught in rainstorms… It all adds up to lots of kissing, & the best tool you can have for that is one thing—super-soft, luscious lips!
Of course, you want your pearly whites to look lovely, so the basics are brushing twice a day, flossing, & maybe using a whitening toothpaste (I like Crest 3D White). But beyond that, there are so many options of what to use on your lips!
It’s been my experience that kissing partners don’t much care for gloopy gloss or being stained with lipstick. That’s why a good lip balm is key. Lip balm is basically moisturizer for your lips. Your lips don’t produce sebum or sweat (they don’t have the glands for it), so they need to be moisturized differently than your face and body.
Allow me to introduce my new favourite product: Caudalie Lip Conditioner. My lovely friend & favourite Canadian ex-pat Katie sent me a care package from Paris a few months back, & she was kind enough to include a tube of this miraculous lip balm. I keep it in my purse & use it all the time. I am absolutely crazy about it! It’s not heavy or waxy, it’s unscented, & it keeps my lips beautifully moisturized. I can safely say that since I started using this, I haven’t had dry or flaky lips once! But never fear—you don’t have to have an ex-pat or a European in your friends list to get your hands on it. In the Americas, you can get your hands on this wonderful stuff at Sephora.
If your lips are going through a bout of particular nastiness, never fear, hope is as close as your kitchen cupboards! With clean hands, take 1/8 of a teaspoon of white or brown sugar in your palm. Add just a dab of honey, mix them together, & rub into your lips for about a minute. Rinse (or lick!) it off, & your lips will be buffed & happy. Honey is a natural moisturizer, too.
Don’t want to go the DIY route? That’s fine too! Lush makes some great lip scrubs. I am a particular fan of their Bubble Gum Lip Scrub—big bonus: it’s vegan! And it smells scrummy.
The most important thing of all about kissing is that you do it with someone you really like, & who really likes you. I hope you have someone to kiss with!
Because kissing is the best.