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Babying Your Lips: How To Start Your Beauty Lip Care Routine

A few years ago, I suffered from seriously chapped lips thanks to a harsh and seemingly endless winter. Personally, I feel that my full lips are one of my best features and I was so sad to see them go from full, smooth and soft, to completely dried out, chapped and painful!

I needed relief fast and bought just about every lip balm out there. Most didn’t work, so I went back to using my tried and true favourite, Chapstick in Classic Mint. Soothing and hydrating, it provided relief quickly and my lips bounced back to normal within a few days.

I’ve been using Chapstick ever since I was in the fifth grade – seriously. I remember bringing my cherry Chapstick to school and showing my friends. They were all in awe of it thanks to its awesome cherry flavour and the fact that it gave our lips the perfect hint of “parent approved” pink. Within days, I had started a trend, with almost every girl in my class owning one. See? I’ve been an influencer since Day 1 – ha!

Dominique Baker using Chapstick Total Hydrations lip care products
Flatlay shot of Chapstick Total Hydration lip care products

When Chapstick released its Total Hydration line, I was pumped! A mix of tinted and non-tinted balms with a great colour range to lip oils and scrubs in tasty flavours, this lip-obsessed girl was anxious to get her hands on all of it. Keep reading to learn about these products that serve up great, healthy lip looks.

Chapstick® Total Hydration Moisture + Tint  

Dominique Baker using Chapstick Total Hydrations lip care products

The Moisture + Tint balms nourish and enhance your lips, leaving them soft and supple with the perfect amount of colour (Merlot and Rose Petal being favourites). Made with naturally sourced ingredients including Vitamins C and E, they give my lips the hydration they deserve.

Chapstick® Total Hydration Vitamin-Enriched Lip Oil

The Chapstick Total Hydration Vitamin-Enriched Lip Oil is an all-star lip product! I absolutely love this lightweight and smooth formula which gives lips a healthy, subtle shine.  I love the “Peach Tea” flavour which is perfectly summery.

Flatlay shot of Chapstick Total Hydration lip care products

These lip oils (also offered in Sweet Nectar) are also formulated with Vitamins C and E, along with omegas 3, 6, and 9 which further help renew the delicate skin of lips. 

I have a bright red lipstick which I love, but it does dry out my lips over the course of the day. I use a little Total Hydration Vitamin-Enriched Lip Oil over this lipstick to make my lips feel soft, smooth, and add a little shine.

Dominique Baker using Chapstick Total Hydrations lip care products

Chapstick® Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub

This tasty lip scrub has been a game-changer for me. Most lip scrubs are chunky and harsh, leaving my lips feeling more irritated than when I started. I also hated how messy they could be…with most of the product ending up on my bathroom floor or counter, instead of my lips.

Flatlay shot of Chapstick Total Hydration lip care products

Chapstick solved this problem by making the Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub a super creamy texture with fine sugar crystals, maracuja and coconut oils, shea butter and Vitamin E. I’m in love with the Sugar Plum flavour which gently exfoliates all traces of dead skin from my lips leaving them soft and smooth. The Fresh Peppermint flavour works just as well, leaving your lips feeling invigorated with its delicate hint of peppermint.

Dominique Baker using Chapstick Total Hydrations lip care products

How To Start Your Own Summer Beauty Lip Care Routine

Since I started my lip care routine, I now have much healthier Iooking lips. I hated how lipsticks amplified the look of dry, chapped lips; therefore, ruining makeup looks. With summer in full swing, I’m reaching for my favourite coral, fuchsia and red lipsticks, so I want to make sure my lips are properly prepped for these fun tones. My summer beauty lip care routine works so well for me that I want to share my tips and tricks with you. Give your lips the love and attention they deserve!  

Dominique Baker using Chapstick Total Hydrations lip care products
Flatlay shot of Chapstick Total Hydration lip care products
  1. Twice a week, usually on Sunday and Wednesday evenings, I use my Chapstick Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub to rid my lips of any dry skin. I use a small amount and work into my lips in a circular motion. I then use a tissue to remove any excess product. Bonus Tip: I keep my Total Hydration Lip Scrub next to my toothbrush and toothpaste so I remember to exfoliate regularly.
  2. I follow up the lip scrub with a healthy amount of Chapstick Total Hydration Vitamin-Enriched Lip Oil. I apply this smooth, nutrient-rich oil to my lips and then go to bed. I wake up the following morning with the softest lips.
  3. Massaging my lips throughout the week with the Total Hydration Vitamin-Enriched Lip Oil has also really helped me keep my lips hydrated and improve blood circulation.
  4. Stay hydrated! Throughout the day, make sure you are drinking plenty of water. This will keep your lips hydrated. I take my water bottle with me wherever I go.
  5. Kick lip licking to the curb! Constantly licking your lips dries them out really fast. Couple that with hot, sunny weather and your poor lips will definitely chap.
  6. Keep your favourite lip care products on you at all times. When your lips feel dry, you can moisturize them quickly lessening the need to lick your lips.
Dominique Baker using Chapstick Total Hydrations lip care products
Dominique Baker using Chapstick Total Hydrations lip care products

I hope these tips help you get started with your lip care routine this summer. The Chapstick Total Hydration line offers some great products including tinted balms to boost your lip game. Wishing you all healthy, beautiful lips!

*This post is sponsored by Chapstick.

Dominique Baker
Dominique Baker

Dominique is a Canadian-based fashion and beauty influencer with a strong voice in Ottawa’s black community. Since launching her blog Style Domination in 2015, she has amassed a global fanbase. Dominique shares her life through beautiful imagery and compelling story-telling that speaks to her fans on a personal level. She’s been featured in The Guardian, Flare, The Kit and Cityline. She also hosts events for Dress for Success, the Gem Conference, and has been named a United Way Person 2 Know for the past three years.

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  1. August 23, 2019 / 3:31 am

    This is such a lovely guide dear. The Chapstick Total Hydration Vitamin-Enriched Lip Oil sounds really good. I’d love to try that. Thanks for sharing dear!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Dominique
      August 26, 2019 / 2:54 pm

      You’re welcome, Jess! I think you’d love all the colours!

  2. August 24, 2019 / 8:04 pm

    I didn’t know chapstick has all these beautiful lip-colors! These photos are so beautiful. I am going to have to go out and get some of these hydration + tint chapsticks now!

    • Dominique
      August 26, 2019 / 2:52 pm

      Marshalee – let me tell you!!! They are SO FLATTERING on our skintone. I seriously love them! The corally colour is so lovely for summer too. Actually, I’d wear it all year round. They are all so subtle – just the right amount of colour to make you look polished!

  3. Dorcas
    August 27, 2019 / 10:55 pm

    Bah!!! When I saw the notification, HOW TO CARE FOR LIPS, I was like,”nah…I’ll skip this one. Curiosity brought me back!😄😄😄
    I am never going to stop learning, eh. Lip care? ?? The Temperate weather must be very harsh to warrant all those treatments. I carry a lipblam(LABELLO), and a gloss. Period. Now, you say there are even EXFOLIATING creams for tender lips?? Chapstick is DEFINITELY not the ones I grew up knowing. I hated the brand; or shall I say the brand in Africa 😢😢.
    Thanks for sharing. Don’t mind my blabbing

    • Dominique
      August 30, 2019 / 10:17 am

      No worries. I live in Ottawa, the capital of Canada. For a very long time, it was the second coldest capital in the world. The winters here are extremely harsh (on some days in January, February and March, exposed skin will freeze immediately) and do a real number on your skin. If you lived here, your bag would be full of lip care products. Trust. AND hand cream, and face moisturizers, and mittens, hats, scarves…tickets to a tropical destination.

  4. Dorcas
    August 30, 2019 / 10:54 am

    Wow😄😄 tickets to a tropical destination is where I live… it’s incredibly warm over here. I can only imagine how hard the Winters are over there.

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