Why bother with a lip mask?
Straight from Asian beauty routines, lip masks are made from slightly rigid sheets packed with a hydrogel. These mouth-shaped masks are pumped full of active ingredients and all you need to do is apply it to your lips and sit back for 15 minutes or so. Use them between 1 and 3 times a week, depending on the state of your lips. What's more, there are numerous types available:
- collagen-rich to plump up your lips
- shea butter-based to deeply nourish
- rose to soothe painful or chapped lips
What are the benefits?
To get the most out of your lip mask, make sure your lips are clean and flake-free. That way, they'll easily soak up the active ingredients for maximum pout power. Start with a gentle scrub. Mix equal amounts of honey and granulated sugar and apply using small, circular movements. Follow by applying your mask. Leave it on for several minutes to get soft, nourished, well-moisturised lips. It'll also soothe any painful patches or chapped lips caused by the weather or harsh environments.
Who should use a lip mask?
Anyone with dry, sensitive or chapped lips caused by facing the elements, as well as those of you who want a collagen-packed, needle-free alternative way to plump up your mouth. These masks are also a great pre-lipstick primer.
Better than lip balms?
Lip balms and masks aren't the same! Balms are good for a quick, soothing, superficial touch-up, whilst weekly (or more) masks work on a deeper level. The results are instant and last for several days, unlike balms that have to be frequently re-applied throughout the day. But don't expect overnight miracles. As with facial or body skin, it takes time to get lips into tip-top kissable shape. And although lip masks work a treat, they're not a pretty sight and you'll need to keep still for several minutes if you don't want them to fall off. Hungry, thirsty, need the loo... Do what you need to do before applying your mask!