Gel Lip Masks: Another Beauty Product You Never Knew You Needed Until Today

And a handy DIY alternative just in case the look of this thing freaks you out.
Publish date:
September 18, 2013
masks, lips, exfoliation, DIY, vaseline, Asia, weird, korea

If you’ve read my articles on xoVain, you would have noticed some sort of pattern. Smoky eye in five minutes, doing your makeup in bed, that sorta thing. In short, I am lazy. I am insufferably lazy to a point that I would use the cap of the nutella bottle as a plate for my piece of bread just so I don’t have to wash another little plate.

I am selectively lazy, though. There are some things I would slave over, like making sure the office AC doesn't suck the life out of my skin; there are other things, however, like exfoliating my lips, that I never bother doing. My mother never ever told me I had to exfoliate my lips growing up, but suddenly I have to do it now? Something is not right in this equation.

I related this life-altering conundrum (I exaggerate, of course) to a friend who was leaving for Korea, and he came back with a bunch of gel lip masks for me. Like gel eye masks, these are single-use masks that help moisturize your lip area, creating a better canvas before you swipe on some lipstick.

Everything on the packaging is in Korean, so with the help of a friend and Google Translate, I found out that the mask is loaded with vitamins, fruit acid, grape seed oil, honey extract and ceramides, and it's a part of a three-step lip care system. I mean, my body is a wonderland and everything but a three steps for my lips is just too much work for me.

That said, the gel mask is perfectly fine when used on its own.

Does it work? Yes. I had it on for about 15 min and my lips were visibly moisturized and stayed hydrated throughout the day.

But there was only one problem: I’m a mouth-breather. My nasal passages are blocked almost always, so I can’t use this mask when my nose is very stuffed up.

If you don’t have a friend going to Korea or if you don’t want to bother forking out money for one more beauty thing Asia has to offer, you can simply do an at-home mask instead.

Start with applying a thin coat of Vaseline on your lips. With your toothbrush, gently brush your lips, concentrating on the dry areas. The Vaseline acts as a lubricant so you don’t your cut your lips or something. Wipe off the Vaseline when you’re done.

Mix one tablespoon of olive or coconut oil with two tablespoons of mashed avocado. Apply it liberally onto your lips. You can choose to cover the mask with a little bit of cling wrap, or just let it be for about 15 to 20 minutes. You can do the mask as often as you like--or like me, in a panic when you realize that your lips resemble a tree bark.

Now tell me: What's the one beauty-related chore you're told you should do but absolutely loathe? (And it better not be applying sunscreen.)