My usual practice time is in the early morning, usually beginning at 5:00 AM and continues for actually 2 actual hours of lip time. This is before breakfast, but after my shower etc. The night before as I'm about t hit the pillow, I apply a thin coat of aloe gel to my lips. How much remains before I go to sleep is doubtful after 46 years of marriage, but the following morning when I practice I've no lip condition problem. It was my wife's kisses wasn't it? Well, she uses the aloe gel also.