No Needle Lip Plumping

giphy24The key to working what you already got is hydration. Shocking right? The key to that youthful glow will always be hydration and preventing dehydration of your skin and lips. Drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun, don’t consume too much salt or alcohol. But there are also topical ways to keep lips plump and youthful.

Fresh Sugar Lip Line

IMB_7sbdmf.GIFI am obsessed with the lemon tart scent of Fresh’s Sugar lip line, they have an array of products that are absolutely worth the money with the way they make your lips look and feel. My all-time favorite is the Lip Treatment with SPF 15 in the color Nude. It has the perfect nude color to get you through the day. The Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy is meant to be layered under a balm, it feels a little dry on its own. I’ve been using it after I brush my teeth morning and night, then follow it up with the Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment in the morning and the Fresh Sugar Lip Polish at night. The serum has really made a difference in how smooth my lips are. If balms aren’t your jam then they also have the Fresh Sugar Cream Lip Treatment that comes in a tube. To me, it has the same smell and consistency as the balms. If you like dipping your finger into a pot, the Fresh Sugar Caramel Hydrating Balm is a dream. There is a Fresh Sugar lip treatment for everyone!

Lip Masks & Exfoliants

These gel collagen lip masks are a nice pampering treat. I’m not too sure if they work, but they look cool and claim to seal in hydration and give a dose of collagen to your lip area. Fresh also has a Sugar Lip Polish that works great as a lip mask and exfoliant duo. As stated before I like to apply it over the Fresh Lip Serum right before bed, no need to rinse. If you wake up with flaky skin in the morning you exfoliate, and it shouldn’t be any different for your lips! You may have heard to take a basic toothbrush to exfoliate your lips, but I think they are too harsh for the delicate skin around your lips. I like to take these simple little silicone scrubbers and gently rub them over my lips after I apply my face oil to wipe away any dead skin. The stimulation also plumps and pinks!

DIY Lip Plumper

Many store-bought lip plumpers are too sticky and make very lofty claims for the price they are selling for. With a few ingredients, you can make one at home and customize for your needs, everything has to be edible since it’s going on your lips. Just grab an empty lip balm pot and follow along.

  • Honey is antibacterial and hydrating, it will also give this balm some consistency. Manuka Honey specifically is said to be a godsend for beauty and hydration though I have not tried it before. Any honey should do.
  • Vegetable glycerin is a great humectant and will make sure the balm lasts
  • Ground cinnamon will act as a bit of an exfoliant while also irritating your lips enough to plump and get all nice and rosy. Do not cinnamon oil since this can be too irritating.
  • Peppermint oil is optional and can be used in small amounts as a breath freshener. The oil will also act as an irritant to plump your lips.
  • Olive oil for moisture
  • Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel or Rose Water for mixing and consistency
  • Vitamin E is very nourishing and also acts as a preservative.

The following instructions are for a lip scrub and treatment. I like to put it on in the bath and let it sit while I soak. This is a little runnier and will set a bit on your lips once you stop scrubbing. You can adjust this recipe to fit your needs, for example, less ground cinnamon will not be as harsh of an exfoliant. Or more honey and less oils/rose water will be more of a balm.

  1. IMB_xucU3h.GIFPut equal parts ground cinnamon, olive oil and rose water or witch hazel in the bottom 1/4 of the pot. Add the optional peppermint essential oil here, but use very little! Mix with a fork.
  2. Fill half the pot with honey so you are at 3/4 of the way up. Mix well.
  3. Top it off with a few drops of vitamin e and vegetable glycerin. Mix a little then put the cap on and shake well before each use.

How do you keep your pout perfect? Any life-changing products I’ve missed?

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Face Oils For All Seasons and Reasons

giphy10I‘ve never been a big makeup buff, I don’t like the way powder feels on my skin, gets all over the place and makes my skin flaky. I only ever used makeup to cover up things I didn’t want to show like blemishes, under eye circles or to contour my face. I’ll never give up contouring, but the key to using less makeup is to get your skin in order so that you don’t even need it. Finding the right combo of facial oils takes a little time but once you find the recipe for you, your skin will be glowing from within that only plump, hydrated skin can offer.

Winter Skin

Once it starts to get cold and dry my skin does this fun thing where it gets red, flaky and angry. It’s usually the worst around my mouth and under my nose, and for when it gets really bad I have to deploy Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer. Regularly using oils to target your winter skin woes can help protect you from that initial shock of cold wind burn.

Almond Oil

giphy14Almond oil is a super hydrating base that is perfect for flaky winter skin. You can use it alone, mix it with one of the anti-aging oils below or an essential oil to target specific issues with your skin. It’s the essential neutral base that you can use as a vessel for other oils. You can use it under your eyes to combat dark circles, even better when you infuse coffee grounds in it, but that’s a post for another day.

Squalane Oil

Squalane Oil is the main ingredient in Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer and it is great for angry skin year round. Not to be confused with squalene oil which is the natural, vegetable-derived version of squalane oil. Yes, in this case, the unnatural version is best due to the hydrogenation process that the squalene oil goes through to remove the instability that can make the oil go rancid. Rancid oil = free radicals aging your skin. One issue I have with this oil was that my blackheads got a little worse when using this alone, but maybe if I added some tea tree and lavender oils to it that would counteract them. It is a very hydrating oil that even helped with the little bumps on my chest that are caused by dry skin.

Summer Skin

giphy12This is the time of year when things start to get a little greasy, so more lightweight oils do the trick. We want oils that absorb quickly and nourish our skin when we inevitably get too much sun. Do not be afraid to put oil on your face even in the summer!

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba Oil can be used directly on the skin or as a hydrating face wash. It is actually a wax that imitates the bodies natural sebum production, so if you have an oily skin problem this will be your best friend! It’s kind of reverse psychology since if you apply jojoba oil to your face, it will curb the production of oil. Finessed them. If the thought of putting oils on your face freaks you out, you can use jojoba oil as a face wash which will still give you the benefit of reducing your sebum production while also giving you hydration you can rinse off. Just apply it to dry skin, rubbing it in gently in a circular motion and you will start to feel all the gunk pill under your fingertips. Then you can wet your hands and rub a bit more before rinsing off.

Argan Oil

Argan oil is great for the summer since it absorbs very quickly. I never understood why anyone would pay so much for Josie Maran Argan Oil when you can get a huge bottle from Vitacost or Whole Foods for a fraction of the price. But I did get sample sizes of Josie’s that I used for travel when my skin acts up the most, and my skin had never felt better. It also comes in a Light version that is great for day use.

Anti-aging

Rosehip Seed Oil

giphy13Rosehip Seed Oil is very restorative and has essential fatty acids for skin regeneration. Miranda Kerr’s skincare line Kora uses a lot of rosehip seed oil and we all want to look like Miranda Kerr no? Rosehip Seed Oil should be in an airtight container with a pump to minimize since it can go rancid easily. It’s also best kept in the refrigerator.

Red Raspberry Seed Oil

Red Raspberry Seed Oil is an amazing anti-aging oil because of the anti-inflammatory properties, both vitamins E and A and a natural retinoid. I like to use this one in the day since it has a naturally high SPF factor. I still recommend using a chemical or mineral sunscreen regardless of an oils SPF factor.

Carrot Seed Oil

Carrot Seed Oil is another oil with naturally high SPF, so another great daytime oil with many other benefits. Aside from also being high in vitamins A and E, it is perfect for angry, aging skin since it is very soothing and also can help with discoloration and hyperpigmentation. It kind of smells like dirt but that fades very quickly.

For All Seasons and Reasons

Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E Oil is a great addition to and DIY oil concoction since it acts as a preservative, but it is also an antioxidant that protects your cells from free radicals. I’ve never used this oil alone but only in conjunction with others, but it can be dabbed under the eyes or on other spots that need a little extra boost of hydration.

Vegetable Glycerin

giphy15While Vegetable Glycerin can be used on its own, it is pretty sticky and has a thinner honey-like consistency. In fact, it can also be used as a natural sweetener. It is an excellent humectant and is great for DIY face and body mists to use in your beauty routine.

Tamanu Oil

I love using this Aura Cacia Tamanu Oil with Tea Tree and Lavender at night because the scent is soothing and creates a little aromatherapy paradise on my face. This oil has a lot of healing benefits for scars and wounds while being hydrating and easy to absorb.

imb_faydxbSo many oils, so little time. I have to restrain myself from buying more and more before I use what I still have. My advice would be to buy small bottles to see if it is the best oil for you. You should find your perfect fit before settling down with a subscription.

What oils do you use for your skin? Anything I should try? Let me know!

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