The Problem: Winter Dryness.
I suffer from chronically dry lips — and the winter, in particular, is a challenge. Aside from constantly reminding myself to chug more water, I've gone through a number of types of lip care products that have never quite made the difference. Since a dry, dehydrated pout is not cute — and definitely not a look I'd like to bring along to Paris Fashion Week — I'm thankful to have found this "holy grail" product for my lips this Winter.
Before diving into the solution, let's understand the problem. As Celebrity Esthetician Joanna Vargas explained to me during a recent interview for Brit + Co. (link to come), the issue of Winter skincare is one of dryness. Extreme weather is only part of the problem; the true culprit at work is the cozy indoor heating system we're exposed to at work, and worse — at night.
As it turns out, the nighttime is when our skin goes into self-reparative overdrive. It rejuvenates, restores itself, and effectively self-heals while we're manufacturing Z's. But when your skin is dehydrated, JV explains that our body's ability to conduct its regular "skin maintenance" is impeded. To prevent this, she suggests buying a humidifier for your bedroom, especially during winter.
Long story short: depriving our skin of necessary hydration is not conducive to having flawless skin. (And dry, cracked lips are never a good look.)
The Solution: Marula oil.
For the full run-down on how to properly care for your skin this Winter, you can check out my interview with Joanna Vargas on Brit + Co. (link to come shortly!). In the meantime, I've discovered a miracle ingredient that has made a major difference in my life: Marula oil.
The product in question — Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil ($40) — is a top-rated, best-seller at Sephora. I've already praised the line for being green, clean, and cruelty-free, but this is admittedly my first "Aha" moment with the line. (My other magical skincare moment happened with a vitamin C serum by Sunday Riley, read about how to use it here!)
Last week, I decided to exfoliate using Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial ($80), a mask that comes with the tiny container of oil above to be applied post-mask. I didn't feel like putting it on my face, but I wiped it unsuspectingly onto my dry lips that day... and haven't stopped since. While they were incredibly dry after returning home from Boston, a single application of the oil left them healed, plump, and more hydrated than they've been in months. With regular application, they've become healthier than I've experienced from any lip product before. It's even more hydrating than my Vertly Hemp-Infused Lip Balm ($22). (If you're curious about the CBD-rich beauty product, read more at this link.)
The Benefits Of Marula Oil.
Curious how Marula oil gave my lips a coveted, hydrated look? Feast your eyes on its benefits below.
(Made using canva.)
products to shop.
1. Marula Nourishing Lip Oil ($26): This Marula oil in lippie form has a ceramic applicator that is supposed to feel extra soothing to dry, sensitive, or chapped lips. #MustTry
2. Lucas' Papaw Ointment ($8): This Aussie secret is a worthy alternative to Marula. Lucy Hale told Into the Gloss that it's her preferred balm, Nicole Richie called it the "most under-rated" beauty product, and models use it to keep their lips hydrated and soft on long flights.
3. The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil ($10): The skincare line that Sephora can't keep stocked is a must-try.
4. Acure The Essentials Marula Oil ($10): If The Ordinary is sold-out, you can always try this clean, vegan beauty brand.
5. African Botanics Marula Botanical Body Cream ($85): This luxe buy for the bod is free of chemicals and preservatives.
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