Pamper your pout: How to keep your lips kissable and extra soft

Aug 31, 2009 at 2:17 p.m. ET

Everybody lusts after Angelina Jolie's luscious lips. They're big, pouty and definitely youthful. But the key to a seriously sexy pout is keeping those lips super soft and wrinkle free. Follow these tips on how to smooth, protect and moisturize your kisser.

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Just as you exfoliate the skin on other parts of your body to slough off dead, dry skin cells, you can exfoliate your lips, too. It may sound contradictory, but scrubbing your lips actually helps protect them from chapping, too. Try a lip scrub (some brands offer sets that include balm, too). Or, if you're more of a DIY kind of gal, try rubbing a bit of sugar on your lips to make them kissably soft.  Follow up by moisturizing with your favorite lip balm.


Nothing's less kissable than dry, chapped, burnt and peeling lips. They can get sunburned just like the rest of the skin on your body, so protect and moisturize with a lip balm that has sunscreen in it, too. Find the appropriate SPF level and look for varieties with soothing ingredients such as aloe vera. (You'll find different levels of gloss, too -- even various flavors). Reapply frequently throughout the day, especially if you're outdoors.


Like skin on other areas of your body, lips need moisture, too. When it comes to lip balm, don't be shy: Slather it on all the time. Carry a lip balm with you and reapply frequently throughout the day. At night, apply right before bed or use a lip balm that's packed with moisturizing properties. Look for lip balms with moisturizing ingredients such as vitamin E and aloe. Many balms also come with antioxidants such as vitamins C and E. Some lip glosses now contain moisturizers, too, but your best bet may be a balm.