Here are seven ways—some you know well, and some you might not have thought of before—to freshen up your friendship with that devoted tube of lip gloss you carry around everywhere you go. Wear it alone. Especially when you’re on the go, lip gloss is an instantaneous way to refresh your look—and unlike lipstick, it’s easy to apply without a mirror. The shininess makes your lips look fuller, and a hint of sheer color is universally flattering, and appropriate for any occasion.
Step 1: Deal with Dryness The DIY fix: Lips that are dry or flaky automatically look thinner and more wrinkled than they are, so get on the balm bandwagon. "Skin makes less oil as we age, and lips are at a unique disadvantage because they don't have an epidermal layer, which is where oil is produced to begin with," says Paul M. Friedman, M.D., a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. Bringing back moisture is the key
It doesn't take a lot for our lips to become sore and chapped. Lip skin is extremely fragile. Unlike the rest of the body, it's very thin and doesn't have a stratum corneum (the uppermost layer that protects our epidermis), sebaceous glands or sweat glands. Lacking the hydrolipidic film, it quickly dehydrates. Which is why we should keep these lip life-savers to hand! SHEA BUTTER, A NOURISHING SUPER HERO Shea butter soothes and calms irritations. What's more, its terpenic alc