7 tips to banish chapped lips for good

Published 7:55 pm Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Are your lips chapped? If so, you’re not alone. Constantly exposed to the elements and covered with fragile skin, your lips have no oil glands to hydrate them and require special care. If you long for soft and healthy lips, follow these seven guidelines.


Stop licking

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While running your tongue over your mouth may help it feel better in the short term, in actuality, your saliva has enzymes that dry out your lips.


Use lip balm

Keep lips moisturized with a product that has a base of shea butter, coconut oil or beeswax and is enriched with vitamin A or E. If you’re spending time outside, use a balm with SPF to protect this part of your face from the sun.


Apply Vaseline nightly

Before you go to bed, coat your lips with petroleum jelly. You’ll be amazed at how soft they feel in the morning.


Exfoliate gently

Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, rub your lips in a circular motion to remove dry skin. Follow up by using lip balm. Avoid this tip if your lips are severely chapped.


Avoid long-wear lipstick

If you refuse to leave home without lipstick, choose one that’s rich and moisturizing. Or better yet, opt for a tinted lip balm.


Drink water

Just like the rest of your body, your lips won’t stay hydrated if you’re not drinking enough water.


Get a humidifier

Dry air is brutal on your lips. Humidify your bedroom and consider lowering the thermostat too.