Beauty resolutions for 2016: Lips

In this four-part series, we show you the areas to consider paying a little more attention to this year.

This week, we focus on: Lips

We have passed the halfway mark of January and if you are well behind on your resolutions - in this case, beauty resolutions - stay calm because it is never too late to get started on a new habit.

Even if you had thought you could do without new steps in your beauty regime, why not commit to your current routine by improving on it?

Many of us are guilty of not applying enough lip balm or drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water per day to keep our lips looking supple and healthy throughout the day.

Some may even be under the misconception that we only need lip balms when in wintry conditions.

That's not true.

For those of us living in tropical climate, and those who work in air-conditioned settings, it is even more important that we take extra care of our lips.

Photo: Fresh
BEAUTY PICKS: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 ($33)

Besides your hands, the area around your mouth is the quickest way to show early signs of ageing so don't forget to show your lips some love by using lip balms that have SPF in them.

Just do a quick search online and you'll find plenty of studies that prove why it is important to protect your lips from the sun by opting for lip balms that have at least SPF 15 or higher.

Photos: Elizabeth Arden
BEAUTY PICKS: (FROM L-R) Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sunscreen SPF 15 ($37). If you want some colour, there's also the Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sheer Tint Sunscreen SPF 15 ($37) which comes in four shades: Berry, Blush, Honey and Plum.

Look for lip products that contain moisturising ingredients such as beeswax or even petroleum jelly. This means that even good ol' Vaseline could do wonders for you.

Photo: Vaseline
BEAUTY PICKS: Vaseline, ($2.10)

One big no-no is to lick your cracked lips. You would think it'll help salvage the situation temporarily but saliva will only increase irritation on the lips.

Another trick to getting soft-looking lips is to exfoliate your lips with a scrub. A wallet-friendly way of doing this is to just apply a little bit of caster sugar on your lips and give them a gentle scrub using a toothbrush.

Photo: Lush
BEAUTY PICKS: Lush Lip scrub in Mint Julips ($23)

To make the best out of your expensive lipstick, remember to apply some lip balm, let it set in a little and finally, apply your lip colour.