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How to Keep Your Lips From Chapping

5 Tricks For Winter-Proofing Your Lips

Oh, chapped lips. They're one of those unpleasant hallmarks of a Winter spent moving between the outdoors and the interior. And even if you never go outside, all the dry, centrally heated air is likely to give you a sore pucker anyway. To help gird you against the forces of chap, I've assembled five smart tricks to keep your lips moist and utterly kissable, no matter how crazy the atmospheric conditions get. To find out what to do, just read more.

  • Skip the lip liner and layer gloss under your lipstick. Even moisturizing lipsticks can dry your lips out, so putting a moisture-rich gloss underneath can afford you some protection.
  • Wear lip balm to bed. The air in your room is probably dry from the artificial heat, so moisturizing your lips as you sleep can be a big help.
  • Exfoliate your lips by scrubbing them gently with your toothbrush each morning.
  • Keep the area around your mouth moisturized. If the skin surrounding your lips gets dried out, it will affect the look and comfort of your lips as well, so use a little eye cream or heavy moisturizer to rim your cupid's bow.
  • Avoid balms with menthol in them. It feels cooling and soothing, but it also dries your lips out, leaving you more chapped than before and needing to reapply.

 

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stoopeed stoopeed 6 years
I use the humidifier at night. Not the nice, expensive ones. The one by Vicks that gently adds a little steam to the room all night. It helps keep my skin, my lips and my nose happy. :)
LaurenRBear LaurenRBear 6 years
Yoga, I found some at Trader Joes of all places that is mixed with coconut oil and its a lot less thick than all my other bottles of Vitamin E. Yeah I've got the small bottles that are a bit goey and hard to rub in. But this stuff is pretty runny (In a good way) it mixes in well with other lotions and soaks in quick on my lips. I guess the trick is finding the pure E oil mixed with another skin friendly oil to water it down a bit.
LaurenRBear LaurenRBear 6 years
Yoga, I found some at Trader Joes of all places that is mixed with coconut oil and its a lot less thick than all my other bottles of Vitamin E. Yeah I've got the small bottles that are a bit goey and hard to rub in. But this stuff is pretty runny (In a good way) it mixes in well with other lotions and soaks in quick on my lips. I guess the trick is finding the pure E oil mixed with another skin friendly oil to water it down a bit.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
I love Vitamin E for cuts but I've never used it for anything else. I will try it on my lips. How do you get the E to rub into your skin better? Mine is so thick that when I place it on my cuts - it leaves a really sticky layer on my skin.
LaurenRBear LaurenRBear 6 years
Sham, I haven't found that they are addicted. I use to go through sticks of burts bees like crazy. but my lips were still always peeling and cracking. Now with the vitamin E they are much better. That combines with drinking a lot more water and starting to break my habit of licking my lips has really, really helped. I've shifted my beauty routine because of vitamin E. I have really sensitive skin and most facial moisturizers send my skin into some sort of negative reaction. Now I use a few drops of E before bed, and use it often on my lips throughout the day. My skin and lips have never been softer and heather! I'm preaching the E!
LaurenRBear LaurenRBear 6 years
Sham, I haven't found that they are addicted. I use to go through sticks of burts bees like crazy. but my lips were still always peeling and cracking. Now with the vitamin E they are much better. That combines with drinking a lot more water and starting to break my habit of licking my lips has really, really helped. I've shifted my beauty routine because of vitamin E. I have really sensitive skin and most facial moisturizers send my skin into some sort of negative reaction. Now I use a few drops of E before bed, and use it often on my lips throughout the day. My skin and lips have never been softer and heather! I'm preaching the E!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
Blistex when I go to bed. I wake up with super soft lips and can apply regular chapstick and I'm good for the day. I second the "is it summer yet?"
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
Blistex when I go to bed. I wake up with super soft lips and can apply regular chapstick and I'm good for the day. I second the "is it summer yet?"
dootsie dootsie 6 years
Blistex Medicated Lip Ointment.It can take my lips from cracked and bleeding to perfectly soft in 24 hours.
dootsie dootsie 6 years
Blistex Medicated Lip Ointment. It can take my lips from cracked and bleeding to perfectly soft in 24 hours.
kayleigh83 kayleigh83 6 years
Great tips Bella! Although I read some slightly contradictory advice in Allure magazine recently - they said that menthol would actually be soothing! They did mention avoiding things like cinnamon though since that would really burn if the dryness on your lips caused any cracking.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 6 years
I put on Aquaphor before going to bed. I wake up with extremely soft lips.
sarah_bellum sarah_bellum 6 years
I've read that lip balms containing petroleum are best avoided. They create the "addicted" feeling because they only temporarily remedy the symptom and actually worsen chapped lips over time.
sham28 sham28 6 years
Ha! Not soon enough, LittleBehr. Good idea about the vitamin E though, have you found that your lips get kind of "addicted" to it? I've had to chuck a few lip balms that left my lips dry to the point of burning a minute after it faded away.
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 6 years
I must be doing great because I don't have a problem & I don't use any chapstick or any of the tips above. I do always cover my lips with something before going outside, though...I'll agree w/ LlittleBehr on the Vit. E. I think the balm I use has shea butter, Candelila Wax, and Vit. E amongst other things.
LaurenRBear LaurenRBear 6 years
I use vitamin E oil. I keep a bottle with me in my purse and use it instead of chapstick durring these cold months. It keeps my lips from cracking and peeling. And it makes them soft. I use Vitamin E oil for everything. I mix it into my bottle of lotion and use it every day. I hate the cold and how much it dries out my skin! Is it summer yet?
LaurenRBear LaurenRBear 6 years
I use vitamin E oil. I keep a bottle with me in my purse and use it instead of chapstick durring these cold months. It keeps my lips from cracking and peeling. And it makes them soft. I use Vitamin E oil for everything. I mix it into my bottle of lotion and use it every day. I hate the cold and how much it dries out my skin! Is it summer yet?
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