Dry, chapped lips are seriously the bane of my existence. No matter which season it is, I always have the tendency to have really chapped lips. They get exponentially worse during the winter and become super painful when they start cracking and bleeding out of nowhere. And when you’re trying to doll up, putting lipstick on top of a layer of dry skin is seriously not cute!
Because I’ve had to deal with the annoyance of chapped lips all my life, I’ve finally figured out what really works for me. If you suffer from dry lips frequently like me, here are 6 ways (both free and really affordable!) to reduce the severity of chapped lips.
Vaseline is an awesome product that comes in a little tin can that works wonders to treat dry lips. How it works is it creates a barrier over your lips to trap in the existing moisture.
Every night, I generously apply some on right before I sleep after taking a nice, hot shower. The Vaseline seals in the moisture from the shower so that my lips stay moisturized for the next few hours. When I wake up the next morning, I usually scrub off the layer of dead skin either with my finger or a toothbrush so all that’s left is a soft, moisturized base to apply lip products after. It’s awesome and I love it.
It seems though that a lot of people get allergic issues with after using Vaseline. That can be a little scary to hear but I think it depends on how reactive your skin is to the ingredients. Luckily, I’ve used this since I was a kid and haven’t ever had any problems with it even though I generally have sensitive skin. Just make sure not to put this on the other parts of your face if you have acne-prone skin because it can cause unwanted breakouts and whiteheads.
Lip Balms For Chapped Lips
For the daytime, I love using Nivea lip balms and personally think they’re one of the better chapsticks out on the market to hydrate your lips. They’re much less waxy than other lip balms I’ve tried in the past and they have a ton of different flavors to pick from!
The following are 3 of my favorites:
Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm – The Hydro Care lip balm (also called A Kiss Of Smoothness in the US) is one of my favorites because it’s a no-frills lip balm that delivers so much moisture for a great price. I find that the Hydro Care gives me the most hydration out of all of them. It also contains SPF 15 which is great to protect yourself from the sun.
Nivea Strawberry Fruity Shine Lip Balm – The Strawberry Fruity Shine lip balm is a great 2-in-1 product because it also doubles as a tinted red lip stain. If you want a little bit of color on your lips but need hydration at the same time, this is perfect because it’s very pigmented so you won’t need to apply any lip color afterward. It also really helps that this has a divine strawberry smell! I always crave for actual strawberries or strawberry jolly ranchers whenever I apply it to my lips.
Nivea Milk & Honey Lip Balm – The Milk & Honey lip balm is another one of my favorites from this line. It’s a very smooth and hydrating balm that I love using to calm my lips. The scent is heavenly and reminds me of exactly what its name states.
Now if you’re looking for a more luxurious product that hydrates well, I’d recommend the Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment! It smells so yummy and fresh, like lemons.
If you’re not into Vaseline or synthetic lip balms, a great natural alternative is cocoa butter and it’s a great hydrating moisturizer for the lips. I like to sometimes substitute my regular lip balms with a tub of all natural cocoa butter I bought from Costa Rica.
Some are some drugstore alternatives that are just as good are:
The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Lip Care Stick – The Cocoa Butter Lip Care Stick is a great moisturizing lip balm if you’re looking for a more natural product. This is made of cocoa butter but it does also still contain preservatives so you might want to try the Cococare 100% Cocoa Butter Stick (which I talk about below) if you’re looking for an all natural product.
Cococare 100% Cocoa Butter Stick – This is an all-purpose budget-friendly cocoa butter stick that you can use all over your body to reduce scars and stretch marks and moisturize your skin. I generally use it mostly as a lip balm because it’s very hydrating and isn’t visible after you apply it. I also love how it only contains all natural ingredients with 100% pure cocoa butter. Cococare has an actual cocoa butter lip balm as well but I usually skip that one and stick to the former because it has added preservatives and ingredients that aren’t natural.
If you’re into all natural products and you’re a little more adventurous, you might want to try making your own DIY lip chaps at home! You’ll be able to control exactly what goes onto your skin and what you ingest. You can check out a great recipe and DIY tutorial over at Wellness Mama.
When I feel that my lips are really dry and I need to exfoliate them, I love making my own DIY lip scrub to help get rid of any dry skin on my lips. There are a ton of lip scrub products in stores but I find it’s a little unnecessary to buy those when I can just make my own at home for a fraction of the cost.
A simple scrub to make yourself is to mix a little bit of honey with brown sugar. Just scrub the mixture all over your lips with your finger and then wipe or wash it off. It’s best to apply a lip balm right after so that you can seal in any moisture on your lips.
Don’t Lick Your Lips
I know it sounds a little strange but the saliva from your mouth will cause your lips to dry out even more once it evaporates. Avoid licking your lips and train yourself to stop if it’s a bad habit of yours!
Drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated. If you’re dehydrated, you’re going to have dry, chapped lips because your body doesn’t have enough moisture. This is even more important if you live in a hot area because you’re going to constantly be losing fluids by sweating so water is so, so important to help moisturize your lips from within.
And that’s it! Dry, chapped lips can be a thing of the past if you take good care in making sure that your lips are moisturized internally and externally. If you suffer from dry lips, I hope that you were able to find some of these tips helpful.
What are some ways that you help treat your chapped lips? Feel free to share!