Chapped lips, like runny noses and icy sidewalks, are a guaranteed caveat of the winter season. However, what you might not know is that unlike your awkward family gatherings, chapped lips can be avoided.
First things first, stop licking them. Consider washing your face over and over without applying moisturizer afterward. If you’re a lip licker, this is the effect you’re achieving.
Unless you’re one of the lucky few — maybe five exist in the world — who claim to never need and/or use Chapstick, product is truly necessary. Saliva won’t cut it and may end up making matters worse.
On the journey to eternally moisturized lips, a smooth canvas is a major key. I’m personally a believer in the DIY sugar-and-olive-oil lip scrub (two parts sugar, one part olive oil), but the DIY-averse will enjoy Bite Beauty Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub.
Next, you’ll need a moisturizing, oil- or butter-based balm. Nuxe Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm Rêve de Miel, with shea butter and almond oil, has achieved near-cult status for good reason. It’s thick, but not sticky, and will leave your lips moisturized for hours.
This being said, the Nuxe option is on the upper end of what most people consider an acceptable lip balm budget. For a price that’s easier to stomach, try Evan Healy Whipped Shea Butter for Lips. I can personally vouch for this one as well.
Finally, top everything off with a layer of occlusive product, which will act as a moisture sealant to seal in all of the oils and butters in the products above. Vaseline Lip Therapy Cocoa Butter and Lano Lips 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm are both solid options.
We’re all about staying moisturized for ourselves, but let’s not forget that Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Keeping that pucker primed and ready for a smooch is a priority, right after staying on top of our New Year’s resolutions.