15 Tips for Preventing and Treating Chapped Lips

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The first official sign that winter is coming? You get that familiar, uncomfortable feeling of dry, chapped lips. This winter, I’m determined to keep my lips hydrated and moisturized 24/7. How will I wear all of my berry liquid lipsticks with flaky lips?! Keep reading for how to prevent and treat chapped lips as the temps drop…

There’s no foolproof way to prevent lips from getting chapped. For some people, a swipe of Chapstick is all you need, while others need a full lip care routine. Keep these tips and tricks in mind, and see what works for you!

1. Keep a humidifier running in your room at night. It’s great for keeping your lips, and skin, soft and moisturized.

2. You know that old spa hack of putting cucumbers on your eyes? It’s cooling and refreshing. Same goes for your lips. Apply a few thin slices of cucumber on your lips (if the slices are refrigerated, it’s even better) and leave them on for a few minutes. Your lips will feel instantly rejuvenated.

fresh sugar lip polish

3. Exfoliating is key for getting rid of unsightly flakes. My holy grail exfoliant is Fresh Sugar Lip Polish. Apply the gritty mixture to your lips and let it sit for five minutes. Rinse with warm water, and be amazed by your soft-to-the-touch, pillowy lips. Best part? That sweet brown sugar scent is unbelievable.

4. Keep a lip balm by your bathroom sink. One of the main reasons your lips get chapped is kind of surprising: when you wash your face, cleansers can actually dry out your lips! Ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, both common in face cleansers, can alter your pH balance, leading to dryness. Apply some balm pre-washing to prevent chapping.

cocoa butter

5. Make it part of your routine. Keep a lip balm in every bag, in your bedroom, in your car, at work… If you’re constantly hydrating your lips, odds are they will stay chap-free all winter long. My personal favorite is Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Stick. It’s only two dollars, and moisturizes unlike anything else. I’ve been using it since I was twelve. I’ve probably tried dozens of balms over the year: from Burt’s Bees to Dior, but nothing hydrates like that, in my opinion.

6. Focus on your breathing. Did you know breathing through your mouth can dry out your lips? Make a conscious effort to breathe primarily through your nose.

7. Licking your lips for an added boost of moisture actually has a reverse effect of drying them out even more. By licking, you’re removing the natural oils that are there to hydrate your lips. Whenever you feel your lips getting dry, resist the urge and apply some balm instead.

bite agave lip mask

8. If the damage is done and your lips are chapped, reach for a light balm, rather than a heavy lip wax, to nourish your lips. Waxes are too heavy for healing purposes – so save the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Wax (a cult fave!) for when your lips are already looking pretty good.

9. Water, water, water! It should come as no surprise that staying hydrated is crucial to ensuring soft lips. Staying healthy on the inside is the secret to looking healthy on the outside.

10. Stick to moisturizing lipsticks as much as possible. While I would never tell someone to stay away from gorgeous mattes, know that your lips will need an extra boost of moisture. Apply some balm before applying your lip color. Also, Maybelline’s Creamy Mattes are exceptional for their matte finish and moisturizing consistency. One swipe and you’ll be hooked.

11. If your lips are so chapped that they’re a little cut up, apply some soothing aloe vera all over. This will calm and heal your lips. Buy a bottle, like Johnson’s Gel, and keep it in your medicine cabinet.

12. Adjust your diet. Both super salty and spicy foods can dry out your lips, so if you can bear to part with those foods, you lips will thank you.

13. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles to buff away any flakes on your lips. I like to apply a bit of warm water to the brush before doing this, so that it’s not too harsh. Seal up your newly exfoliated lips with a swipe of balm.

14. If you’re a natural beauty lover, swap out the store-bought balms for an oil. Both olive oil and coconut oil can do wonders for hydrating and moisturizing parched lips.



15. When my lips are ultra-chapped, Aquaphor is the only thing that does the job. I slather on a thick amount of it all over my lips right before bed. When I wake up, most of the product is absorbed (yes, some of it still remains) and my lips are as smooth as can be. I blot away the excess and proceed to apply a lighter balm.

Will you try out these tips this winter? Let us know what works for you in the comments below and on PAMPADOUR!

Image via Biotique Botanicals