Chapped lips are the bane of any lip colour junkie’s existence. We’ve found solutions, however, and lucky for you, we’re willing to share! Here are some of our best remedies for chapped lips.
Chapped lips are the bane of any lip colour junkie’s existence. We’ve found solutions, however, and lucky for you, we’re willing to share!
'Chelitis', the medical term for chapped lips, can be a nightmare to treat and prevent from recurring. Follow these three steps regularly to get the job done and get back to your lipstick stash.
Exfoliate Lips to Reverse Chapping
While over-exfoliation can actually cause dryness and irritation, using a lip scrub periodically helps remove dead, flaky skin and makes a moisturising lip balm work better. Specially formulated lip exfoliators work gently to give your lips a fresh, smooth surface.
Moisturise Lips After Exfoliating to Prevent Further Chapping
Chapped lips can be a constant problem if you’re not using the right type of lip balm to hydrate after exfoliating. Apply a lip balm containing ingredients such as shea butter, macadamia nut oil, and other plant butters and seed oils to maintain the hydration balance in the lips.
Seal In Moisture and Protect Lips With a Second Lip Balm
Once the lips are fully hydrated, you can apply a wax- or petroleum-based formula, but not before. A great option for this kind of a balm is Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm. This product contains essential fatty acids and honey extract to nourish and soothe lips.
Lip Emergencies: Special Situations
Chapped lips result from exposure to harsh conditions:
- Dry air
Even breathing through your mouth due to nasal congestion can dry your lips excessively. The most important thing in all of these situations is protection.
- In a windy climate, first exfoliate and moisturise lips as outlined above. Then finish with a heavier, protective balm, like Smith’s Rosebud Salve.
- In a cold environment, wear a scarf over your mouth keep your lips safe from losing too much moisture.
- In hot weather, choose a lip product with SPF, such as Aesop Protective Lip Balm SPF 30, to prevent irritation.
- If you're congested, a protective lip balm is important as well. Try Burt’s Bees Ultra-Conditioning Lip Balm.
What other steps I can take to keep my lips moist and healthy?
Other ways to keep your lips and the rest of your skin soft and beautiful:
- Reapply your balm frequently in extreme conditions or when lips are exceptionally chapped—ideally, about 6 to 8 times a day.
- Run a humidifier at home and work (if possible).
- Avoid licking, picking, and biting your lips, which will only worsen chapping.
- Apply your protectant lip balm before showering or washing your face to protect your lips from harsh cleansers and steam.
Best of luck with your chapped lips, ladies and gents. We hope we’ve helped you out! With a little effort, you can stay smooth, moisturised, and protected in this season and the next.