Last week, Emerald asked me to address dry, chapped, winter weather lips and how to remedy the flaking, tightness and general discomfort associated with them. To this day, I haven’t met one person who doesn’t suffer from chapped lips. Of course they can happen year round, but the situation always get worse when temperatures and humidity drop, letting moisture quickly escape through the topmost layer of skin. But there are remedies that will stop the flaking and give you a full, moisturized pout. Check out our four ways to combat chapped lips below but remember: they will only work if you keep up with them. The key is to be conscious and not neglect your pout until it’s too late.
Apply lip balm, and apply it often.
If you forget this step, your chapped lips problem will spiral out of control. Okay, that sounds extreme, but liberal application of a lip balm isn’t obsessive, it’s necessary. Make sure to choose a formula that is thick and not waxy, which could make your lips even flakier. We swear by Rosebud Salve and Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm because they’re cheap and actually work. And never underestimate the power of coconut oil. We recommend applying before bed for maximum nighttime moisture.
The sun is obviously still there in the winter, even if it doesn’t feel like it. So it’s super important to protect them year round. When our skin burns, it dries out and flakes, so the same will happen with your lips. Whether you’re just into balm or are an avid lipstick wearer, make sure to choose a moisturizing formula with SPF. We love Clinique High Impact Lip Color to do all of the above.
Be mindful of your mouth care routine.
Though obviously necessary for dental health, toothpaste, mouthwash and teeth whitening systems can throw off the pH balance of your mouth, which in turn can cause chapping. After brushing, make sure to rinse thoroughly and remove any toothpaste residue from your lips. Apply lip balm immediately after your oral care routine to restore moisture right away.
Use a lip exfoliator.
Just like an exfoliator is necessary to remove dead skin to make way for new cells on your face and body, your lips need the same treatment. A damp wash cloth or soft bristle toothbrush will do the job just fine, but a moisturizing lip exfoliator like this one from e.l.f. is always an option.
What are your secrets for keeping your lips moisturized and flake free during winter months?
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