I hope glossy lips never go out of style, because to me, the shinier the better. I’m talkin’ blinding. They just give you a moist, polished look that fills in fine lines and deflects light, creating the illusion of more fullness and plumpness.
This is very important for days like today. My post-winter lips are parched, looking extremely dry and thin. We need to remind ourselves that simple things like shaping our brows and having well-moisturized, glossy lips can really help us feel pretty and refreshed, especially after an exhausting week.
But of course, when achieving a lovely glazed look, we want to avoid petrochemicals. Many lip products contain petroleum as it sits on the skin without sinking in, creating a perfect-looking lip slick. However, petroleum unfortunately clogs our pores, prevents moisture permeation, and also has been linked to kidney and liver damage when ingested or absorbed into our bodies… So it’s definitely not something we want to put on our kissers!
It is important to use natural lip products that are healthy and pure enough to eat (since the average woman apparently eats around six pounds of lipstick over her lifetime). Actually, my favorite lip moisturizing ingredient is born out of my favorite new trick: to use a lip oil over a lip stick, turning any lip color into a beautiful glossy lip slick. Pomegranate oil is a very fatty oil, packed with anti-oxidants to repair our delicate lip tissues. It is so rich and hydrating that its emollient properties can nourish and moisturize even the driest chapped lips!
I discovered pomegranate oil as a lip slick when my mother asked me to try out a sample of organic pomegranate oil for the face. It was so thick it was almost salve-like (similar to the texture of honey), and it was kind of difficult to spread over my skin. Unless we diluted it, it was a no go as a face oil, but it was perfect for a lip slick. Unlike lighter natural oils like jojoba or coconut, it doesn’t disappear into the skin, but stays put and creates a beautiful shine.
So, if you’re like me and love that very glossy, photo-ready look for your lips, try adding a generous dab of pure pomegranate oil to your pout, making a perfectly natural lip slick. Without any nasty chemicals in our lip products, all I have to say is Yum!
Kristen Ma is the co-owner of Pure + Simple Inc., a group of Holistic Spas with its own line of Natural Skincare and Mineral Make-up. She is an Ayurvedic Practitioner who has studied in Canada, the United States and India. She is also a Certified Esthetician with eight years of practical experience, having worked in Canada as well as Australia. Most recently, Kristen has authored “Beauty: Pure + Simple” which was published by Mc Arthur and Company. Kristen has written on the subject of Holistic Beauty for Vitality Magazine, Blink and Jasmine. She is also a regular contributor to B Magazine, Tonic and Sweat Equity Magazine.