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’s ugly. It’s uncomfortable. It’s painful. When they crack… Ouch!
But over the years, I’ve learned a few tips to prevent them and treat them. Here are my fave ways to deal with chapped lips:
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 that would only make things worse. *sighs* Licking your lips gives you instant relief… and two minutes later they feel even drier than before!
Blame it on saliva. Saliva makes moisture evaporate, drying out lips even more.
2. Wear Lip Balm
I’m a lip balm junkie. I have like a dozen at home and use them every day.
But when my lips get chapped, I switch to richer formulas. Rich formulas use oils and butters that create a barrier on the skin that keeps moisture in + protects them from the harsh winter weather, germs and other enemies. This way, they heal faster.
I also steer well clear of anything with camphor, menthol, phenol, and alcohol. They all have one thing in common: they’re irritating AF.
- Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 ($7.50): available at Look Fantastic, Nordstrom, Sephora and Ulta
- La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Lips (£4.50): available at Feel Unique
- Lanolips 101 Ointment Superbalm ($16.95): available at Feel Unique, Nordstrom, and Ulta
3. Wear Sunscreen
No, I don’t apply my face sunscreen to my lips.
Your fave face sunscreen may not be suitable for the lips, so don’t risk it. You don’t want to ingest something you shouldn’t.
But you need a way to get SPF on the lips. UV rays make chapped lips worse, so protecting lips from them is so NOT optional.
Bonus points if your lip balm has SPF. If not, don’t worry. Use a lipgloss or lipstick with SPF. They do the trick too.
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4. Wear Hydrating Lippies And Glosses
Just because my lips are chapped, doesn’t mean that I’m willing to give up makeup. Feel the same?
If so, switch to more hydrating formulas. They plumps up your lips with moisture so those cracks don’t look as obvious.
Instead, stay away from matte lips. They emphasise every line and crack. (Don’t worry, you can go back to them once your chapped lips have healed).
- Guerlain La Petite Noir Lipstick ($32.00): available at Feel Unique, Harrods, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora
- Lancome L’Absolute Rouge Cream ($32.00): available at Feel Unique, Nordstrom, Sephora and Ulta
- SUQQU Flawless Lip Gloss (£24.00): available at Harrods, Selfridges and Yes Style
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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. Go on and book an appointment.
I know you think I’m exaggerating this, but 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 chapped lips well again.
How do you treat chapped lips? Share your fave tips and products in the comments below.
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