Mistletoe Prep: One Little Tip for Your Happiest Winter Lips Ever

by Janine on 21 November 2012 · 18 comments

If cracking a smile is literal for you — as in lips so dry they split with unexpected movement — this one little tip should make all the difference:

Dab lips with hydrating serum before slathering them with super-emolliant lip balm that comes in a squeeze-tube.

One of my new favourite hydrating serums is Consonant Hydrextreme, an all-natural, hyper-hydrating, quick-absorb liquid that delivers excellent, long-lasting results. Expensive — $72 for 10 mL — but worth it. Formulated with cassia angustifolia seed extract and glycerine, word is that Hydrextreme hydrates even better and for longer than hyaluronic acid. A drop on the lips before balm in the morning and evening will up your lip-care game, especially during hella-dry winter.

A less pricey yet excellent option is La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Serum ($38.50 at drugstores), which soothes with thermal spring water (the stuff is amazing for upset skin) plus hyaluronic acid, arginine and serine.

Green-Beaver-Apres-Ski-Ultra-Moisturizing-Boreal-Lip-BalmAs for balm, although I’ve found a number of fantastic stick types with zero waxiness, for chronically dry lips nothing is better than a soft balm that blankets, soothes and protects from icy wind. In keeping with the all-natural theme, try Green Beaver Après Ski Ultra Moisturizing Boreal Lip Balm ($4.99 at greenbeaver.com) which is made with organic castor seed, sunflower, canola and cranberry seed oils as well as organic beeswax and shea butter.

For a full, winter lip-conditioning routine, click here; just remember to include this serum tip, too.

Now go on, crack a smile. With pleasure. Mistletoe season is coming.

Have you ever tried serum on your lips? Or maybe eye cream?

P.S. Consonant Hydrextreme makes a brilliant holiday gift for anyone with a dry or very dry complexion. You will be loved. La Roche-Posay is also a good idea — it’s a trustworthy brand that delivers.

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Kelly G. 21 November 2012 at 12:09 pm

Really? Cause I love this tip, but doesn’t serum taste weird? Is it safe to put on your lips?

My lips are so cracked until April so I definitely want to try this. The Green Beaver balm sounds good. But why do you hate waxiness? Isn’t wax necessary to protect your lips?


Janine 21 November 2012 at 5:54 pm

Great questions, Kelly!

Nope, sinks right in. I don’t taste a thing. And it doesn’t seem any less safe than most lipsticks.

The Green Beaver balm contains beeswax, but less than those waxy sticks. So it’s more emollient, easier to apply (no drag over sensitive lips), and more comfortable in all temperatures :-)


Susie 22 November 2012 at 12:07 pm

I’m trying it! My lips are dry all year long. I can only wear lipstick on a good, non-peeling day.


Janine 27 November 2012 at 2:01 am

Do let me know how it works for you — I’ve found that the condition of my lips has improved enough that I’m actually a bit less LBD (lip-balm dependent)!


Maria 4 March 2013 at 5:28 pm

I started putting on a Fresh Sugar lip balm at night before going to bed a few months ago, and now my lips can handle lipstick all day. Before that, I used to have dry, peeling lips all the time, and when wearing lip balm during the day, I tend to just lick it off. Now I wake up in the morning with dewy lips and a bit of balm still on! :) I’m guessing almost any lip balm would work, I’ve been using my Burt’s Bees one for a few weeks when I ran out of my Sugar balm and didn’t have time to get to Sephora, but my lips seem less plump, so a Sephora trip is in my near future.


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