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September 30, 2014

A Moisturising Lip Stain That Actually Works

Komal Basith

I’m looking for an everyday lipstick that will transform my face from looking like a sick duck to a healthy girl. Thing is, my lips tend to get really dry with lipstick, so I need something that’s also moisturizing – except I also tend to lick my lips a lot, so most lipstick / lipgloss doesn’t last. Can you recommend me a brand and colour that’ll help with all these issues and still somehow work? Thank you!

It sounds like what you need is a moisturizing lip stain and oh boy, have I got just the thing for you! It’s a stain - which you’ll need if you tend to lick your lips a lot– but it’s also a moisturizing lipstick that works great on dry, chapped lips. Oh, and it’s also super pigmented, so the colour last for ages.

I’m talking about Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain; they’re pretty much the perfect lipstick for someone who has dry lips and tends to lick them a lot because they deliver incredibly rich colour, have all the moisturizing properties of a lip balm and all the lasting power of a stain without the dryness that comes with most.

I’ve had times where I’ve woken up with the colour still on my lips the next morning and while this isn’t new for a stain, the fact is that you're usually trading lasting power for moisture with a lip stain; most tend to seep into any dry or chapped areas of your lips, highlighting exactly what you’re trying to hide.

There’s none of that with these babies; these actually make your lips softer, and come insuch gorgeous shades. I’m especially partial to Crush. It’s the colour that mimics healthy lips the closest – not too pink, not too brown, but just right, and it suits most skin tones. Romantic is also another great shade for a more berry toned pink; both will make you look bright, vibrant and healthy and not, as you put it, like a sick duck!

 

 

Can you recommend a body moisturiser for very dry skin, something that’s also good for anti-aging?

Indeed I can! As far as heavy duty body moisturisers go there’s no dearth of rich, luxuriously-scented options to choose from but I have to say in this case, I prefer the basics – specifically Cetaphil’s Restoraderm Skin Restoring Moisturiser. I’ve heard people say that it’s the only thing that really helped them with their eczema, but that’s not to say that you can’t use it if you don’t suffer from the skin condition; in fact, I’d even recommend it.

Why? Because when used on eczema-prone skin, it makes the eczema go away, which is great. But it’s when you use it on regular old dry skin that this product really shines, making it incredibly soft, supple and well-moisturised. That’s really the thing you want to look for as you get older; making sure that the skin on your body always has plenty of moisture in reserve. That’s what keeps it from getting dull, dry and flakey, all things that accelerate the rate at which the collagen breaks down as you age.

 

 

I have combination skin, but it just gets so dry when I’m on a flight. Sometimes it takes days for it to go back to normal. Is there anything I can do without lugging a whole kit just for my skincare on the plane?

The first thing I’d recommend is flying without makeup, if you can. If you must use some, consider just a little mascara and a moisturizing lipstick – try the Revlon one I metioned above. Next, if you haven’t already bought yourself some spa water, I’d recommend getting some as soon as you can.

It’s not just regular water in a spray can; it’s special water in a spray can!

Seriously though, the mineral-rich water (suitable for skincare, not drinking) has a ton of benefits; spray some on to set your makeup and give it a dewy finish, after you cleanse your face to negate the harshness of the hard water, to refresh yourself on a warm day and to keep your face from feeling like it’s going to fall off when you’re on a plane. The smaller bottles, like Vichy’s Eau Thermale Spa Water, meet airline regulations for carry-on luggage so you can pop it in your handbag and forget about it.

You’ll be glad you did though; I don't like travelling without the stuff, because it makes such a difference to my skin in-flight.  Spray some on at the first sign of dryness and you'll find that the tight, uncomfortable feeling vanishes pretty much instantly. It's also quite refreshing, which is always a bonus on a long flight.

 The other trick you might want to try is putting a glass of water on your airline tray table while you fly and leaving it there for the rest of the flight. As the water evaporates, it’ll add a bit of much-needed moisture to the air around you, and your skin won’t feel as tight. It might sound crazy, but it works!

That’s all, folks! We’re off for the long weekend for a bit of sun, pool and spa-ing around. We hope you're doing something similar, and we’ll see you on Monday!

 

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