Layering Lip Products Can Help Keep Your Pout Hydrated

Much like you layer skin care, or even body care, you can layer your lip care, too. And it follows the same order: water-based hydrator first, topped with an occlusive balm, wax, or oil.

See, you can only truly moisturize your skin with water—so you need a product that contains good ole agua to actually hydrate skin. If your go-to lip product is only wax or oil, you’re not delivering any moisture. Instead you’re just coating over skin with an occlusive film—and occlusives are necessary in skin care, but they need to be layered over something to trap. “Occlusives form a protective seal over the skin to lock in hydration and the products applied under them,” board-certified dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, M.D., previously told us about layering products.

When the weather is humid out—like in the summer—this is less of an issue. As there’s water in the air, your skin may already be fairly well hydrated. But once that goes away (revisit the heater and cold, winter winds mentioned previously), those little balms have nothing to lock in.

Here’s your fix: a lip serum or cream first, topped with a balm or oil. I’m partial to Tatcha’s The Kissu Mask since it has squalane (a humectant) and Japanese peach extract for my serum cream. After a thin layer, which I let dry down just a touch, I top it off with Caudalie’s Lip Conditioner. The stick is made with a combo of antioxidants, ceramides, plant waxes, and fair-trade organic shea butter. It hugs lips so softly with a balmy finish, making your natural lip shade look its best.

If this all seems too precious for your daily routine, rest assured, you need to do this only when you’re in real need of hydration. If your lips are consistently staying moisturized, feel free to skip our extra step. And if your lips regularly feel like the Sahara Desert? This tip is for you, dear friend.

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