This winter has been BRUTAL! It’s unbelievable how cold it has been over the past few months. I, for one, am totally over it. I’m cold inside my house, I’m cold going to work, I feel like even my organs are cold. The constant cold is really affecting my skin, hair, nails, but most of all my lips. I’ve had chapped lips for weeks!
Today, I’m talking about what I do to prevent cracked, dry and achy lips. I have taken the measures to get soft pretty lips all year round. Here are my tips.
Drink Water – When you are drying out, water is your best friend. It was actually on my resolutions to drink more water this year. This has helped tremendously, not just for my gross chapped lips but for my skin and hair too.
Moisturizer – I wrote a post last week about my new favorite moisturizer. I have been bathing in this stuff when I get out of the shower, but I also have been using the SPF face moisturizer on my lips. I use it at night after I shower and in the morning after my Vitamin C + E serum.
Use lip balm at night, in the morning, and after eating – We all use lip balm when our lips are chapped, but I now use it as a preventative measure. I use it before I go to bed, when I wake up, and after every meal. My current favorite lip balm is Chapstick Total Hydration in Oasis. It’s $3.99 and a total game changer. All the other flavors are great too, but Oasis is my favorite.
DO NOT LICK YOUR LIPS – This is the WORST thing you can do for chapped lips. It gives temporary relief but really hurts and hinders your healing in the long run.
Use a lip exfoliant – These are SO helpful to remove dead skin and reveal soft supple skin underneath. I use them all the time. My favorite is one from Rodan and Fields, but here are several other options that also work great and come in different price points.
Brush your lips while you brush your teeth – If you don’t want to purchase an exfoliant, you can kind of perform a makeshift DIY with your toothbrush. After you brush your teeth, you can use your toothbrush to brush away the dead skin on your lips. I would use a separate toothbrush from the one you clean your teeth with, but no one will know if you don’t ;).
Use a humidifier in your house – You can use a humidifier in your house to prevent dry air from circulating. This is great for preventing dry skin and chapped lips during the winter season. I am linking one here that is only $40!