My Lip Skincare Routine That Has Kept My Lips Hydrated, Soft, Plump & Bright

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Let me ask you a question, do you have a lip skincare routine? I guess the answer is No. Well, it is not surprising to behold that the majority of skincare lovers prioritize the skin on their face more to the extent of neglecting their lips and their body as well.


Here’s the truth, your body signifies you, it’s made of you, and it represents you, therefore make every part of your body count when it comes to skincare.

The lips need some care too, same as the skin on our body as well, because (just like our face) they’re also exposed to environmental aggressors such as UV sun rays, dust, smoke, and other external toxins that can impair the skin health. Therefore, your lips deserve a skincare routine of its own.

Personally, I take my skincare game whole. I don’t neglect any part of my body when it comes to skincare. Same with my lips too. I’ve had a lip skincare routine since the day I knew about skincare and since then, my lips have been enjoying its own share of a skincare routine.

In this article, I’m going to walk you through my lip skincare routine, breaking down how I take proper care of my lips, including the lip skincare products I use. Keep reading to learn more.

My Lip Skincare Routine. 

Lip Skincare Routine — Night Time (PM). 

Step 1: I Exfoliate My Lips.

I scrub my lips with a sugar scrub, (containing a mix of granulated sugar, honey and lemon juice, which I made myself) to help exfoliate my lips by shedding off dead skin cells, this softens my lips and also help potentiate the efficacy of the further lip care product that I will be putting on my lips.

I use this lip scrub thrice weekly. So technically I gently scrub my lips three (3) times per week, and you should do the same too — you wouldn’t want to over-exfoliate your lips right?.

DIY lip scrub
My DIY lip scrub (a combination of granulated sugar, honey and lemon juice).

How I Apply It. 

I dampen my lips with water. While they’re wet, I scoop out a little amount of my homemade lip scrub, apply it on my lips, and gently massage in a circular motion for one (1) minute, then I rinse off completely.

Sometimes after applying my homemade lip scrub to my lips, (while the scrub is on my lips), I use a soft toothbrush to gently scrub my lips, then rinse off completely.

I limit exfoliating my lips with my DIY lip-scrub at night time only.

Step 2: I Apply A Lip Balm.

After exfoliating, I apply a lip balm afterwards.

My favorite lip balm which I will forever keep using is the LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask. I bless the day I got to know about this wonderful lip-goodie.

It’s formulated with antioxidants, fatty-rich and hydrating skincare ingredients such as vitamin C (ascorbyl glucoside), hyaluronic acid, raspberry, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, shea butter and other lip nourishing ingredients to soothe, hydrate and protect the lips from environmental aggressors. You can read my full review about LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask.

Don’t mind the name “sleeping mask“, it’s not actually the “mask” you’re familiar with. This lip-soothing balm is actually a thick gel-balm which is rich in texture and deeply hydrates the lips when applied.

How I Apply It. 

After gently scrubbing my lips with my DIY sugar scrub. I pat my lips dry with a clean face towel, then go ahead and apply a reasonable amount of LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask on my lips while I gently massage to spread evenly.

Then I retire to bed, waking up in the morning with supple, plump and shiny lips.

Lip Skincare Routine — Morning (AM). 

Step 1: I Apply Sunscreen To My Lips.

To prevent the sun from hitting your lips, thereby causing lip discoloration, then you have to protect your lips by applying sunscreen on them.

During the day, I apply a thin layer of my sunscreen on my lips (just after applying to my face), before plunging ahead to apply my lip balm. This is to protect my lips from the dangerous UV rays of the sun to avoid lip pigmentation or darkening.

If you’re not a fan of applying a regular sunscreen on your lips, you can opt for lip balms with sunscreen (SPF). You can explore my list of best moisturizing SPF lip balms.

How I Apply It. 

I simply apply a thin layer of sunscreen to my lips, while I wait a little while for it to mattify. I use a chemical sunscreen – Missha Aqua Sun Gel with SPF 50.

Step 2: I Apply My Lip Balm (LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask). 

During the day, I apply less lip balm. As a guy, I wouldn’t like walking around with my lips covered with lip balm (which is definitely alright if you’re a lady). I use more amount at night, less during the day

How I Apply It. 

After applying a thin layer of sunscreen on my lips and waiting till it matifies, I plunge ahead to apply a thin layer of my lip balm.

I Also Apply Alpha Arbutin Serum To My Lips To Tackle Lip Hyperpigmentation.

Yes, I also apply alpha arbutin serum on my lips to help fade lip hyperpigmentation should incase I see any pigmentation raising its ugly head. I simply do this by applying 2 drops of an alpha arbutin serum to my lips. Preferably, I use The Ordinary 2% Alpha Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Contains 2% alpha arbutin to help target hyperpigmentation, and hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin. You can read my full review about this serum.

Alpha Arbutin suppresses excess production of melanin in the skin, which in turn helps diminish the appearance of hyperpigmentation. It is extracted from the bearberry plant, it’s also found in cranberries, blueberries, wheat, and pears.

I put a thin layer (2 drops) of The Ordinary alpha arbutin serum on my lips to tackle lip hyperpigmentation and believe me when I say it sure does the job by reducing the looks of hyperpigmentation on the lips and brighten the lips, making it appear even.

In regard to the difference in skin type. If putting alpha arbutin on your lips couldn’t help fade lip discoloration or hyperpigmentation, you can try putting a tranexamic acid serum on your lips to tackle hyperpigmentation. Recommended: The Inkey List Tranexamic Acid Serum, (previously known as “tranexamic acid night treatment“) which combines 2% tranexamic acid with 2% ascorbyl glucoside (a vitamin C derivative) and 2% acai berry extract to collaboratively target hyperpigmentation.

Good Molecules Discoloration Correcting Serum is also a great tranexamic acid based serum to use, as it pairs 3% (previously 2%) Cetyl Tranexamate Mesylate (a tranexamic acid derivative) with 4% niacinamide to tackle hyperpigmentation.

If you love single-active ingredient based products, then The Superdrug Me+ Tranexamic Acid Booster Serum is your best bet. Contains just 2.5% tranexamic acid to tackle hyperpigmentation as well.

Lip Skincare Routine
Ever since I started my lip skincare routine, my lips stays hydrated, soft, plump, bright and in good shape.

In Conclusion. 

There are no sweat or oil glands on the lips. This means they do not have the usual protection layer of sweat and oils to keep them smooth and moisturized, therefore it’s up to you to supply your lips with the needed hydration it needs to stay moisturized, looking plump, supple and in good-shape. And this can be achieved if you have a standard lip skincare routine.

UP NEXT: Here Are The Best Tinted Lip Balms For Intense Hydration & Color.

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