It’s freezing out. And while cold-weather-induced rosy cheeks make us look warm and cozy, our lips often tell a different story. Since our lips don’t contain oil glands or lipid barriers, they’re not programmed to nourish themselves like the rest of our skin. And because they’re constantly exposed to the elements—the harsh winter winds or the sizzling summer rays—it’s our job to ensure our lips get the hydration they crave. So as you bundle up this winter, don’t forget to layer your lips, too!How to Treat Chapped Lips:Hydration is the key to fighting chapped lips and we can hydrate in two ways. First and foremost, as we’ve all heard a thousand times before: Drink more water! Staying hydrated is key to preventing dryness from the inside out, so no matter how many lip products you apply, if your body is dehydrated, your lips will be, as well! The second way is to apply ultra-nourishing ingredients such as Petrolatum, Shea Butter and Beeswax. Steer clear of lip products with drying ingredients, like alcohol or Cinnamates (commonly used in lip plumpers). They may feel moisturizing at first, but will only dehydrate lips with time.And always remember: Licking your lips is never the answer! When our lips are dry, it’s often our first instinct, but it only causes more damage. Because our lips do not contain a moisture barrier, saliva will only speed up the evaporating process, dehydrating lips even further.Besides loading up on H2O, make sure you layer your lips with our hand-picked arsenal of moisturizing lips products.HealParched, cracked lips need rich moisture in order to heal, especially if drying long-wear lipsticks are part of your beauty routine. Apply a thick, petrolatum-based balm, with ingredients like Aloe Vera Extract, Peppermint, and Vitamin E, before bed to wake up with nourish, supple lips in the morning.
ProtectSun damage is a major culprit of chapped lips. Protect and nourish with these mega-hydrating balms.
||Cotz Lip Balm SPF 45Scientifically formulated to protect against harsh UV rays, this broad-spectrum balm shields lips to prevent damage and signs of aging.
MoisturizeAs they say, prevention is the best cure. Get in the habit of moisturizing daily to keep your lips in the best condition
||Dr. Hauschka Lip Care StickThis intensely nourishing lip treatment soothes lips and locks in moisture with the help of Jojoba wax and sweet almond oil.
Get GlamWith these richly hydrating lip conditioners, you won’t ever have to sacrifice glamour for moisture.