Having chapped lips is the pits…
When your lips are painfully dry and flaky, sometimes it feels like an uphill battle to throw lip conditions in reverse and get them feeling nourished, hydrated and healed.
And winter does little to help the matter – in fact, it typically just makes things worse! as it gets colder and the air gets drier, the delicate skin around your mouth can easily become compromised, leading to cracking, bleeding, and inflammation.
Between the cold, the layers upon layers of clothes, and the sun setting early, Winter (in our opinion) is already enough of a bummer. Don’t let your lips join the list of Winter casualties!
If you’re suffering from dry, and/or painfully flaky chapped lips, there is hope. Even better, there is a plan. See below for 10 of our favorite natural ways to heal your lips and keep them moisturized this Winter (and beyond) 💋.
First – What Causes Chapped Lips?
Fun fact: Your lips don’t have oil glands. Apart from never having to worry about an oil spill on this area of your face, what this means is that your pucker is WAY more susceptible to dehydration, chapping and even bleeding.
While there isn’t a specific smoking gun when it comes to chapped lips. The dryness and flakes can be caused by a variety of factors, but in our experience, the main culprits are weather, humidity, certain medications, and a predilection for excessive licking.
Weather / Humidity: When it’s cold outside, humidity (or lack thereof) plays a big role in the health of your lips. But the condition of your lips can also degrade when it’s warm outside due to increased sun exposure. Many people forget to apply non-chemical sunblock to their lips during the summer, which can have both immediate and long-term negative implications.
Medications: Certain medications suck the moisture out of both your mouth and lips. Known medicinal lip dehydrators are:
Licking: Lastly, though it’s often an unconscious habit, habitual licking will dry out lips at a rapid rate. Saliva strips the lips of moisture, causing increased dryness. So when you feel like licking, DON’T!
7 Tips to Avoiding Chapped Lips
Now that you know how and why your lips chap, here are some easy things that you can do to ensure that your lips are hydrated and kissable all year long:
Avoid Chemicals Ingredients.
Lip balms (or any skin care product) with crazy sounding or hard to identify ingredients such as methylparaben (parabens) should be avoided as they can, among many undesirable things, dry your lips out. Opt instead for balms with all natural ingredients and essential oils.
Use A Quality, All Natural, Organic Lip Balm
When it comes to lip balms, natural is best. Organic is even better. Here are 3 of our favorites for healing and hydrating your lips:
Apply lip balm before you go to bed
Many people sleep with their mouths open, especially during cold and flu season when the nasal passages tend to get clogged. Eight hours or so of breathing through your mouth can dry your lips in a hurry, so make sure to use one of our recommended lip balms before bed.
Invest in a humidifier
This can be a game changer if winter regularly dries out both your lips and skin. Invest in a warm mist humidifier to put an end to the dryness before it starts.
Use Vitamin E To Soothe cracks with
At the first sign of cracked lips, open up a vitamin E capsule and put a little of the gel right on the problem spots. This quick trick also works well for the corners of your mouth.
Try A DIY Lip Mask
Recipe: 2 tablespoons milk, 1 drop rose essential oil. Dip a cotton ball or swab into the mixture to apply to your lips. Let the liquid sit on your lips for 5 minutes. Chapped lips love this soothing mixture that uses milk’s lactic acid to exfoliate. Rose oil is anti-inflammatory that is known for its calming properties.
We also really like this easy-to-make Lip Salve from Dr Axe.
Make Smart Choices When It Comes To Lipstick
Did you know? Some “long lasting” lipsticks maintain their color by drying out the lips. If you’re already suffering from some dryness and flaking, this is no bueno. For a safer option that won’t dry you out, check out Burt’s Bees.
That’s it! Now you have the tips and techniques you need to heal and protect your lips!
And if you’re looking for ways to perfect your pout to make it even more luscious and kissable, Veritas Backstage has over 3 combined decades of delicious lip enhancement experience.
To find out of our Delicious Lip Aug is right for you, you can book a consult online or give us a call at 800-954-7590