Have You Tried Lip Basting? The Derm Secret To Smooth & Soft Lips

Expert Advice

If you’re new to HudaBeauty.com, we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Shereene Idriss, our go-to NYC board-certified dermatologist and #Skinfluencer, so you best believe we take notes whenever she goes live on Insta.

Lucky for us, she recently dropped the 101 on her lip ritual, which she coins lip basting, AKA basting her lips “like a turkey on Thanksgiving Day.” The routine involves two key steps: exfoliation and slathering her lips in moisture. Yes, it’s exactly as messy as it sounds but we’re not mad because the transformative results speak for themselves.


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How To Baste Your Lips

Dr. Idriss’ lip care routine begins with a chemical exfoliant to gently dissolve dead skin cells, which she follows with a rich emollient for intense moisture.

In the video, she spreads a thin layer of the Saturday Skin Pore Clarifying Toner 10% Glycolic Acid, $30, a gentle exfoliator with glycolic acid, tea tree oil, and glycerin, across her lips. Our WISHFUL Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub, $39, is also ideal for this hack as it combines AHAs, BHAs, and fruit enzymes to slough away dead skin without drying out your lips.

After it dries off, she adds a thick layer of the Weleda Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream, $19, and continues with her makeup routine. By the time she’s done, her lips look “buttery, basted, and ready to start the day.” TBH, all you need is “a THICK emollient to lock in the hydration,” so you can use Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly, $4, or even Aquaphor Healing Ointment For Dry & Cracked Skin, $10!

How Often You Should Baste Your Lips

Dr. Idriss notes that since dry lips can be caused by an array of different things, from a change in weather to dehydration, you should lip baste two to three times a week. However, if you baste your lips in the morning, follow with an SPF-infused lip balm like the Carmex Daily Care Lip Balm Moisturizing Tube – SPF 15, $5, to protect your lips from sun damage during the day.

Dr. Idriss also recommends lactic acid or “a less strong percentage” of glycolic acid for anyone with a history of cold sores. She adds that people with active infections should avoid chemical exfoliants altogether.

Are you guys gonna give lip basting a go? Let us know if you try it in the comments.

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