One of the most underrated self-care routines is lip care. Yes, we feel when they get dry or chapped and we slap some chapstick on and make a mental note to drink more water. But how do we actually take care of them?
Just like the rest of our face, a lip care routine involves exfoliation, lip patches & masks, moisturization, and SPF protection.
However, in this article, we’ll talk about why people use lip patches & masks, and whether they truly work.
Why We Use Lip Patches & Masks
Most lip patches & masks are deep conditioning treatments designed to deliver intense hydration and nutrients to your lips, but some can also be designed for other treatments.
Apart from hydration and nourishment, some masks may contain other ingredients that help to plump the lips, or even lighten the lips.
Some are left on overnight and others are removed after a few minutes or hours, depending on the kind of patch or mask that it is.
Do Lip Patches & Masks Actually Work
Based on personal experience, I would say that lip patches & masks definitely work, but results may vary for each person.
How fast and how well a lip patch and/or mask will work for you will depend on various factors like:
- The brand and kind of mask or patch you use (unfortunately, not all skincare products are created equal)
- The condition of your lips and what you’re trying to achieve
- Your skin’s reaction to the patch and/or mask
- How you use the patch and/or mask (consistency)
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What Can Lip Patches & Masks Treat (Benefits)
Different lip patches & masks will treat different things, but all of them will provide hydration. More specifically, though, they can also tackle the following:
1- Treats Dryness & Chapping
Many of us, especially during winter, suffer terribly from dry, chapped lips. This can be due to dehydration, the cold weather that sucks the life from our lips, or it can be due to inflammatory conditions like eczema or psoriasis that cause the skin to become dry and peel.
Lip patches & masks that are designed with extra hydrating nutrients can help by providing intense conditioning to the lips when they are applied.
These usually contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, ceramides, B vitamins, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E, and softening ingredients like shea butter, beeswax, honey, coconut oil, etc.
Some other great ways to moisturize your lips are:
2- Lightens Hyperpigmentation
A very common condition that many of us suffer from is hyperpigmentation of the lips. This is where the skin of our lips looks dark (skin-toned or darker) rather than pink.
Causes of pigmentation can range from daily lifestyle habits like smoking, bad lip care, and products, or eating certain foods, to chronic health conditions like Addison’s Disease or certain vitamin deficiencies.
Lip patches & masks that are designed to treat hyperpigmentation will have along with hydrating ingredients, and lightening and brightening ingredients as well. These are most commonly Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Kojic Acid, Vitamin A and Retinol, Turmeric, etc.
Some other great ways to treat dark lips are:
3- Reduces Wrinkles
Yes, your lips can develop fine lines and wrinkles too. Lips are sometimes one of the first areas of skin that start to show signs of stress and ageing. This also happens when they are dehydrated and sun-damaged.
The main treatment for smoother, plumper lips is a combination of hydration and collagen. So, lip masks that are designed to treat lip wrinkles are mainly infused with collagen peptides and a host of hydrating ingredients.
When used consistently, they improve the structure and appearance of the lips by adding collagen to the skin and promoting healthy cell turnover.
How To Use Lip Patches & Masks
Lip patches and/or masks are usually applied to clean lips and left on for as long as recommended by the makers or your skincare advisor.
They are usually simple to apply and easy to remove when the time comes.
How long do you keep a lip patch or mask on?
How long either one will need to be left on will depend on the kind of patch or mask you are using and what you are using it for.
For example, hydrating lip patches & masks are often left on overnight, but hyperpigmentation lip masks are only left on for several minutes at a time. Some ingredients can be left on the lips and others are for short-term use.
Best Lip Patches & Masks
1- LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask
If you suffer from parched, cracked lips, then Laneige overnight lip mask will be your saving grace. It is formulated with Vitamin C and other berry antioxidants, along with coconut oil, shea butter, and Murumuru Seed butter.
It leaves your lips feeling juicy after use. However, it does have a strong fragrance. So if you do not like this or if you are sensitive to fragrance additives, this might not be the best choice for you.
2- Permotary Lip Patch/Mask
This lip-shaped patch or mask will tackle almost all of our lip concerns: dryness, uneven tone, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Based on my research of thousands of reviews, they work great, but they will not magically fix your hyperpigmentation. They may also be challenging to keep on your lips but once you can, they certainly do a great job of moisturizing the lips.
3- YUGLO Moisture & Collagen Booster Lip Sleeping Mask
Yuglo lip mask is designed to hydrate the lips and boost collagen production in the skin of the lips overnight. It contains mainly shea butter, coconut oil, peach extracts, and Vitamin E.
It is great for healing cracked or peeling lips and keeping them moisturized and hydrated as they continue to heal.
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Side Effects of Lip Patches & Masks
The most common side effects associated with lip patches & masks are irritation and allergic reactions.
Like all topical treatments, there is always a possibility that your skin can be too sensitive for a treatment or that you are allergic to one or more of the ingredients used in the treatment.
Signs of irritation and an allergic reaction include:
- Pain or discomfort (some people describe a throbbing sensation)
- Tingling or burning that gets worse
- Bumps that look like hives on and around the lips
If you notice any of these signs, wash your lips off immediately with clean, cool water, and seek medical attention.
I recommend that you always patch-test a small area of skin before applying lip products to your lips.
Also always check your ingredient lists to make sure that all the ingredients being used are safe for your lips and to be ingested. It is too easy to end up eating off your lip masks when you leave them on overnight or for a long time on your lips.