a lip regimen

Elizabeth (yep, the one from The Shoe Hive): Coming off a long winter, my lips are a mess. What is the best lip remedy/regimen?

Angela, Bellacara: This time of year our lips seem to be cracked and chapped no matter what we do. We apply lip balm all day, but we still have chapped lips…why isn’t it working? The cold winter doesn’t help. The constant flow of cold air across our lips is drying for sure, but other factors can be at play as well. Dry lips tend to cause us to want to lick our lips for relief, but it only exacerbates the problem. This time of year stuffy noses can cause us to breathe through our mouths sending a constant flow of air across our lips and salty foods can make matters worse so avoiding those behaviors is a step in the right direction. Avoid lip balms with flavor that tend to make you want to lick your lips. Also avoid lip balm with cinnamon as cinnamates can cause irritation and chapping. Once your lips are chapped though, how do you get them back in shape? The first step is exfoliation. Use a lip scrub in a circular motion across the surface of your lips to exfoliate the dead skin cells. Make sure the scrub has a base of oils to keep the protective barrier of your lips from being exposed to air. Brush off the excess scrub with a towel rather than washing with water. Then apply a generous layer of lip balm to your lips. We like the Pout-O-Matic by Bliss or the Lip Scrub by Sara Happ and Pink Bombshell Lip Balm by Peter Thomas Roth.




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I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.


1000 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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