From sheet worms to foaming masks, to avskalningsmaskar – Face masks have suddenly increased in popularity in recent years.
Part of this is due to an overall increased interest in beauty and skin care, and another part is because masks are super photogenic and good for social media.
Along with masks is another body part that has "had a moment" our lips.
Ever since Kylie Jenners "did she or not she" lip injections, we have all been more focused on using the right lip products, overlapping our boy and finding the best shade of matte lipstick for our skin tone.
But the problem with matte lipstick? It's super drying.
We can look amazing in a naked-ish, pink-ish matte lip one day, but struggling with dry and cracked lips the next.
Unfortunately, it is not just food products that can dry your lips.
In fact, almost all tinted lip products contribute to more dry, cracked or irritated lips.
So what do you do when you want the perfect lip color to face your full face of makeup, but don't want to deal with the aftermath?
Or worse, when you want to put on your favorite lipstick, but the application is difficult because your lips are peeling and dry?
That's where lip masks come in.
Chances are, just like math lips and patches, you have seen your favorite celebrities and beauty blogs that rock lip masks as well.
But do you know how lip masks became popular? Do you know what to do for you?
Better than, do you know if they actually work?
I'll answer these questions and more in this blog post everything about lip masks!
What are lip masks?
While lip masks may seem relatively new in the US market, they have actually been popular in Asia for much longer.
As Korean skin care and patch masks, lip masks also got into the limelight as American based beauty bloggers became fascinated with Asian skin care.
Essentially, lip masks work in the same way that sheet masks do – they are made to hydrate the skin.
Except for the skin on the face, limbs work to hydrate the skin of your lips.
And because you are sure you have noticed, the skin of your lips needs much more TLC than the skin on your face (at least when it comes to moisture) – we get into why later.
Most lip masks – such as those of KNC beauty that have seen Kim Kardashian – are made with thick hydrogel and saturated with serum.
They are shaped like your lips, only bigger, and some have a hole in the middle so you can move your mouth a little more (not to mention that you can breathe through your mouth).
As with thick leaf masks, lip masks are better done when you can fold during the process.
And you should try to talk as little as possible for the mask to remain!
Some lip mask products are only much thicker than your average lip balm and do not contain a leaf or hydrogel that you throw away after use.
Think of a stripped face mask, but for the lips.
Some are formulated to be applied before you lie down so that you wake up with softer, smoother and narrower lips.
I personally love the plunging mask that is in it Eminence Organics Lip Trio Kit.
However, for today's topic I will talk about the sheet or hydrogel lip masks that you remove.
Why your lips are "chapped" and have other problems Your face does not
Not the whole skin is created alike, and the chances are that you have strangely noticed that the skin on your lips may be super-sensitive – if it means dryness after a swath of lipstick or slight bleeding after you have immediately asked the lip during a meeting.
In fact, no other skin on your body has the same structure as our lips, so your lips are so special.
You may be familiar with the "common" skin structure, which consists of three layers: stratum corneum (outer protective layer), epidermis (barrier between inner body and environment) and dermis (inner skin layer).
This skin also contains sweat glands (which provide moisture), sebaceous glands and hair follicles.
The lip skin on the other hand is a little different.
While the skin of your lips still consists of three layers, the stratum corneum (the outer protective layer) is much, much thinner – that's why your lips become reddish, as the blood vessels glow through the thin outer layer.
Epidermis is also slightly thinner, which means that your lips are less able to produce melanin and therefore more prone to sun damage (yes this means that you should always use a lip balm with SPF!).
Both of these thinner layers make your lips much more susceptible to damage and fine lines.
In addition, you may have realized that your lips do not sweat – this is because they do not contain sweat glands.
While you probably do not want to sweat from your lips, the lack of sweat glands also contributes to lack of moisture – that's why your lips become drier than the rest of the skin.
Unfortunately, the lack of these sweat glands and sebaceous glands is what leads our lips to become so easily removed, dry and even scaly.
The only real moisture our body can give to our lips is saliva – and I think we all know what happens when we try to cure leaked lips with saliva.
As I have told my son when I have seen him, come home with a red ring around his mouth – licking your lips is not the solution to wiping lips!
Do lip masks actually work?
Most lip masks promise to hydrate your lips – which in turn releases the skin on your lips and makes them more fluid.
Many lip masks also contain collagen, which they claim will act as a mini lip plumper of varieties.
Some brands even go so far as to say that regular use of their masks will plump your lips in the long run.
The previous claim – the moisturizing – is generally quite accurate.
Like regular masks, lip masks help re-hydrate your lips (and the skin around your lips) by introducing a combination of vitamins, minerals, and other goodness into your beautiful pout.
Many lip masks contain the same ingredients that we use in other hydrating skin care products, for example hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C, vitamin E and glycerin.
What about the collagen that many brands say stands for "tingling" the feeling?
Like other lip-plumping products, like GM Collin Lip Pumping Complex, these effects are absolutely only temporary at best.
In addition, some experts claim that the tingling sensation is not collagen work.
Actually, a cosmetic chemist says that collagen cannot be absorbed topically by the skin because the molecules are too large and that the tingling sensation is probably caused by another ingredient – such as rose oil or cherry extract.
The lip mask that the chemist discussed specifically was KNC Beauty Collagen Lip Mask – The product that has seen Kardashians, Emma Stone and other celebrities.
I agree with the chemist about the KNC mask, and I would go as far as applying her statement to all lip masks in general: lip masks can definitely help moisturize and smooth your lips (which can be good at fighting dry winter lips or simplify the makeup application) but do not expect to get a Kylie Jenner level pout without any surgical improvements.
How to use lip masks
While masking seems simple, any maskilion knows that it is important before and after tips, plus picks.
For example, a fog on my face splashes away by a clay mask is one of my favorite lifeguards!
Lip masks are no different.
There are some ways to prepare, ideal times to do them and more – so let's get into it.
First off, you want to decide on a lip mask.
As always, you want to examine reviews, price points and features.
You also want to check ingredient labels to choose a natural product that does not contain any potentially irritating ingredients (especially if you have known allergies).
Most lip masks are larger than the average person's lips, but you may want a mask on the larger side if you try to paint dry skin around your lip area or if you only have larger lips than the average person (happiness!).
Of course, the first step after it is always to read some instructions that accompany the lip mask you have decided to use.
Ideally, the instructions will let you know how long you should leave the mask and any additional prep or post hair tips.
Many lip masks will also suggest exfoliating your lips before using the mask, which I also recommend!
You can use a specific lip scrub, like Tokyo Milk Sugared Mint Lip Scrub Or you can simply use a wet cloth to gently rub some dry skin and uneven texture from your lips.
You can also use a new toothbrush and water for an extra diligent scrub – just be careful!
After exfoliation, you want to completely dry your lips to ensure that your mask does not have a problem staying.
Now is the time to actually apply the lip mask!
Most lip masks are packed in some serum, so open the mask on a flat surface carefully.
Then apply the mask so that your lips lie in the middle of it.
As I mentioned earlier, the mask will probably extend far beyond your actual lips.
I recommend that you lay down and let the lip mask work with magic, This will ensure that you do not have to worry about the mask slipping off.
Just put in a timer and take your phone or book to cope with the time – maybe even have one little meditation session!
Keep in mind that some lip masks are one piece without a hole in the middle, so you may want to wait to use it if you have a nose together, because you may have trouble breathing!
When your timer goes off, you can go up and take off the mask.
Hopefully, your lips will feel damp and smooth – they may even look temporarily faster.
If you plan to apply makeup directly after the lip mask (which is definitely not a bad idea as your lips should be stylish and smooth at this time), be sure to pat your lips so your pout is prepped for makeup.
While there is no technical damage to the regular use of a lip mask, I would say that there is no need to use a lip mask more than once a week.
If you still have problems with dry, cracked or irritated lips. It may be the lip mask that gives you problems.
Or, if not, read on for other lip care tips to supplement your lip masking!
Other lip care tips
While lip masks can certainly help with tapered, dry or coarse textured lips, it may be good to attack your lip wax from the root cause instead.
Here are some other tips to help you achieve the hydrated, luscious and plump lips we all hope for!
- Apply SPF to your lips daily, just as you do in your face.
As I mentioned, your lips are even more susceptible to sun damage, so this is crucial! Many lip balms already contain SPF. Below are some of my faves!
Cool Liplux SPF30 Original Formula
Epicures Anti-Aging Tea Tree Lip Balm SPF 15
In addition to the many other negative effects of tobacco use, smoking can also lead to dry mouth, leading to dry lips. Not to mention, cold sores and mouth cancers are possible with prolonged tobacco use.
- Eat a colorful, heavily herbal diet.
If you've read my blog before, you know it Your diet plays a key role in good skin – and this includes the skin of your lips.
- Incorporate a lip serum into your routine.
While a lip mask is a fun (and stylish) weekly treatment, you may want to consider integrating a lip serum like the two below into your routine if you regularly struggle with lip problems.
Rhonda Allison Eye & Lip Renew Serum
Dermaquest Stem Cells 3D Lip Enhancer
- Do not slap your lips.
Flush it on the brand "Lip Smackers", but it's often our first instinct post-lip-balm application to rub our lips together. Unfortunately, this is exactly what not to do. The correct way to apply lip balm is to apply it and allow your lips to be. This allows the product to act as a protective layer on your lips (almost like the thick protective layer that the skin of your lips naturally lacks). When you rub your lips together, you break the seal of the product – that's why it seems that lip products are designed to really make your lip problems worse.
Alana Mitchell Lip Repair Balm
- When in doubt, keep it simple.
My favorite lip preparation product is simply Vaseline. It is natural, it is easy to apply, and there are no artificial scents or flavors. Combine some good old petroleum jelly with the right application (see above), to have your lips look and feel better in no time.
- Use moisturizing lip gloss and lipstick.
You don't have to sacrifice moisturized lips to get the perfect color! These shades complement your look while helping to keep your lips hydrated.
Suntegrity Lip C.P.R.
Glo Skin Beauty Lipstick
While lip masks are not really a necessity in your daily skin care line, they can definitely be helpful if you are constantly struggling with dry, chapped or peeling lips – especially in wintertime.
But as you may have learned in the difficult way before, it is important to check out the ingredients of all lip products and make sure you do not use anything that can irritate your lips further.
You should not expect any long-term plunging effects.
I prefer to use petroleum jelly on my lips instead of nice lip balm because additional ingredients sometimes make my dry lips worse.
I recommend taking the same approach with lip masks, at least when you start.
While a product can look and smell, it is sometimes easy (and naturally) better!
If you decide to try a lip mask for yourself, don't forget to snatch a selfie!
You may not look like glam like Kim Kardashian, but maybe you can play a prank on your kids with it?
Have you tried a lip mask before? What did you think? Tell us all about it in the comments below!