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The Ultimate Guide To Lip Care

Close up of model with brunette wavy hair, wearing glossy lip balm, looking away from the camera to the left in a studio setting.

Before we begin, lets just take a minute to pay ode to our lips. Think about it, not only do they play a crucial role in our daily life, but they’re responsible for talking, kissing, eating and expressing emotion – whether that be smiling, or frowning (the prior, we hope).  

With that in mind, here at Cult Beauty we believe it’s time to pucker up and give your pout the lip care it deserves. Don’t know where to begin? No problem, we’ve got you covered. Keep scrolling as we kiss-and-tell on everything from how to keep your lips healthy to the best lip care products to invest in and more… 


Lip care is just as important as skin care. Why? Because, unlike the skin on the rest of your body, your lips don’t have sebaceous glands (AKA the part responsible for producing oils that keep you moisturised). And while, like many you may naturally lick your lips to keep them nourished, doing this actually leads to even more dryness! So, simply put, using lip balms, lip oils and lip exfoliators is key to keep your pout perfectly smooth, soft and supple.  


Now we know why it’s important to take care of your kissers, it’s time to find the best lip care routine that ensures your lips stay healthy 


First things first, eliminate flaking, dry and dead skin that inevitably build up throughout the day. How? By exfoliating 1-2 times per week as part of your evening routine – any more than this can lead to irritation. To use a lip scrub, gently rub in the formula using circular motions for approximately 30 seconds before rinsing with warm water. 


Now your lips are exfoliated and supremely soft, it’s important to sustain that smoothness with a lip oil or balm. For maximum moisture, we suggest opting for a formula filled with hyaluronic acid – not only will this hydrating hero quench your skin’s thirst, but it will also help to repair the look of damaged lips making them appear fuller and firmer. When it comes to application, apply and reapply all day long, as needed. 


03 MASK 

For some extra TLC, pamper your pout with an overnight lip mask. Working hard as you snooze, this treatment locks in moisture to bring back some bounce. When it comes to applying the formula, more is more. Add a generous layer to your lips before bedtime and leave it to absorb overnight. In the morning, gently wipe away any excess product. 



Yes, granted we may have said this 100 times, but SPF is non-negotiable. And while you may already be applying hair, skin and body SPF everyday – how about lip SPF? Frequently glossed over, your lips are just as important to protect as any other area. Lacking in melanin (a pigment that acts as a natural sun defence), they’re actually more susceptible to sun damage and pigmentation. What’s more, constantly out in the open, they’re more exposed to damaging elements too (UV rays, cold temperatures and harsh wind, we’re looking at you). To shield your skin from these environmental aggressors all you need to do is apply the balm or stick at least 30 minutes before heading out the front door. Then reapply throughout the day.  



We can’t talk about the best lip care without mentioning Summer Fridays’ Lip Butter Balm. If you haven’t already seen this social-approved saviour all over your feed, then you’re in for a treat. Brimming with botanical extracts and seed butters, it cloaks your lips with a veil of moisture to boost shine and soften your skin throughout the day. Plus, coming with a menu of mouth-watering flavours, it satisfies your senses too. 

How to use: apply as needed throughout the day. It can be used under or over your lipstick, liners and any other lip make up.  


Gently buffing away rough, dry and flaking skin, frank body’s Lip Scrub not only pampers your pout but also supports the look of collagen-rich skin. Blending coffee seed grinds and raw sugar with cold-pressed macadamia oil, this hardworking hybrid leaves even the most sensitive of lips feeling supremely soft, perfectly plumped.  

How to use: whenever lips are feeling dry, apply the scrub and massage in circular motions, before wiping or brushing away. Follow up with your chosen lip balm. 


Supercharged with the brand’s famed fruit complex, LANEIGE’s Lip Sleeping Mask in Berry serves up at least three of your five-a-day. Mixing pomegranate, grape and raspberry juices, this tasty treatment, floods the skin with moisture to minimises cracking, so you can wake up to luscious lips come sunrise.  

How to use: before drifting off to sleep, apply an adequate amount on the lips using the built-in spatula. Then the next morning, gently wipe the lips clean with tissue or cotton pad. 


Prepping your pout for the day (or night) ahead, Patchology’s FlashPatch Hydrating Lip Gels naturally enhance your lip shape while nourishing and smoothing stressed-out skin. Primed for the colder climes, post-long-haul flight or ahead of a special event, each sachet fuses antioxidant-rich peptides, green tea extract and niacinamide to refresh, replenishes and remoisturise.  

How to use: place the lip gel onto clean lips for 5 minutes (or longer if desired). Then, remove and discard after use before massaging any remaining serum in and around the lip area. 


Bid a-dew to dry lips with Hello Sunday’s The One For Your Lips  Fragrance Free Lip Balm SPF 50. Delivering a daily dose of hydration, this skin-shielding salve is enriched with hyaluronic acid, squalane and shea butter to maintain a plush, protected pout all year round. Oh, and did we mention, it’s now fragrance free too, making it ideal for those sensitive to scent. 

How to use: apply 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours as well as immediately after swimming or sweating. 


Now we’ve spread the word on how to keep your lips healthy, it’s time to kiss goodbye to chapped chops and a enjoy pillow-soft sign off… mwah!  


Trifonia Asmar

Trifonia Asmar

Senior SEO Copywriter

Cult Beauty’s Senior SEO Copywriter, Trifonia started out in the industry when bold brows were just becoming a ‘thing’, and shares a passion for all things fashion and beauty. Currently embracing her curly girl journey (after endless years of straightening her strands), she is finally reverting to her natural ways! When Triffy isn’t busy testing out the latest curl-saving solutions, you’ll find her binging the latest reality TV show or on a long walk listening to her ever-evolving country music playlist.