An often forgotten part of the face, the lips need just as much (if not more) care than the rest of your skin. As a focal point of the face, lips can make or break your looks. Thinner than regular skin, and with no oil glands, lips need special treatment to keep them healthy, hydrated and youthful! Here are some tips I’ve used over the years to keep my lips as healthy, sexy and vibrant as ever.

Tip #1: Don’t forget to scrub

Exfoliation isn’t just for your face: Lips need regular exfoliation to keep them free from dry patches and flakiness. Sometimes, this flakiness extends all around the lips, not just on them. To exfoliate the skin on and around your lips, use a lip scrub. You can either buy them at a beauty store like Ulta or Sephora, or you can make one yourself using brown sugar in a base of jojoba and/or coconut oils. Use by gently massaging away dry patches, leave on for five minutes, and then rinse with warm water. Use two to three times a week.

Tip #2: Don’t avoid oils

As an alternative to chapsticks, try applying oil to your lips. You may wonder, “Why oil?” Well, not any old cooking oil. Oils like coconut oil, Vitamin E oil, Babassu oil and argan oil can give parched lips much needed hydration and moisture. Plus, the extra sheen mean you can skip the lip gloss!

Tip #3: Avoid drying lipsticks and lip glosses

Many lipsticks (particularly the popular dark, matte ones) dry your lips out. You may notice that, after a day of applying and reapply such lipsticks, your lips feel super dry and dull. This is because some of the ingredients in lipsticks pull moisture out of the lips. Avoid this problem by only purchasing lipsticks that contain nourishing emollients and hydrators.