It happens every winter.
Those cold temperatures and harsh winds suck all the moisture out of my lips, getting them all dry and chapped. It ain’t a pretty picture, and it feels so uncomfortable, too. Especially, when they crack. Ouch!
Over the years, though, I’ve become a lot better at treating them, and getting them in healthy, top shape again. Here’s what I do:
1. Never Lick Lips
When my lips are dry and cracked, I REALLY want to lick them, just to get some relief, you know? But, I can’t. Licking my lips makes my lips feel a bit better for a few minutes, and super dry just afterwards. That’s because saliva can make moisture evaporate, drying out lips even more.
2. Wear Lip Balm
I’m a lip balm junkie, so I happily do this all year long. But, I switch to richer formulas when my lips are chapped. Jack Black and Lanolips lip balms are truly godsends for dry lips. Their rich formulas add lots of moisture and keep it in, giving some much needed relief to my chapped lips, and helping them heal faster.
I also steer well clear of anything with camphor, menthol, phenol, and alcohol. Alcohol is drying, we all know that. Camphor, menthol, and phenol are irritating. They’re the last things your lips need when they’re well, let alone when they’re chapped.
3. Wear Sunscreen
No, I don’t apply my face sunscreen to my lips, too. Face and body sunscreens aren’t necessarily approved for the lips, so I don’t risk it. But, I always wear either a lip balm (Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm Shea Butter & Vitamin E SPF25 is a favourite), gloss, or lippie with SPF. UV rays make chapped lips worse, so protecting lips from them is so NOT optional.
4. Wear Hydrating Lippies And Glosses
Just because my lips are chapped, doesn’t mean that I’m willing to give up makeup (there’s a reason why I’m a beauty blogger, after all). I just switch to more hydrating formulas. Sadly, the best ones aren’t from the drugstore. My absolute favourite? Lancome Color Fever Lipsticks. Sooo moisturizing!
5. When all else fails
Go to the doctor. If you’ve tried everything and nothing worked, you need the help only a professional can give you. So, go on and book an appointment. Dry lips can also be a symptom of an underlying condition, such as a vitamin deficiency. Your doctor will be able to tell what’s wrong and prescribe the appropriate treatment to get you and your lips well again.
How do you treat chapped lips?