Bah! Stained Lips
Cause: Drinking red wine or wearing dark lipstick. Last night’s Cabernet was delicious, but you don’t want to carry its memory on your lips, which may already be dry and flaky from cold winter winds.
Aah! The red color will cling to the dry pieces of skin on lips, but you can remove it by exfoliating the outer layer of skin. “Wet an extra-soft toothbrush with warm water, then gently rub the lips with a circular motion,” says Gretchen Monahan, founder and owner of Grettacole and G Spa, in Boston. “Next, rinse your lips, pat dry, and apply a moisturizing lip balm with petroleum,” says Monahan. “Another way to remove color from lips is by gently rubbing them with lemon juice,” says Charles Silk, an associate clinical professor at the New York University College of Dentistry. “Afterward, rinse, dry, and apply lip balm.”