Top tips for smooth and kissable lips

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Image: Getty Images

Those with severe cracking or dermatitis around the pout should consult with a doctor or dermatologist to gain expert skin advice, though minor cases should clear up within a few days with some TLC.

Maintain hydration

Lips easily lose moisture, with the skin covering them susceptible to becoming very tight or splitting. While it may be tempting, avoid picking or exfoliating the lips as this may cause further harm or bleeding. Instead, focus on upping your water intake.

Don't lick your lips

While it may seem like a good idea, try not to lick your lips as, when the saliva dries, it can take more moisture from your skin.

Avoid gloss

Shiny or high gloss lipsticks can be potentially harmful to lips because they can attract UV rays. An interesting cause of chapped lips, though, can be dehydration from the alcohol found in lots of creams and ointments. To avoid this, keep them moisturised with a quality product.

Invest in a balm

Look to buy a quality balm that is formulated with emollient ingredients to lock in moisture. Lip balms are great for dry pouts as they lock in moisture after just one application, even after eating and drinking.

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