It's chapped lip season, everyone. Or maybe I don't need to remind you because you're struggling hard with parched lips right now. To be honest, it seems to me that the chapped lip season is all year round instead of just winter.
There are a number of things you can do to prevent or soothe chapped lips. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends these seven steps:
1. Use non-irritating lip products.
2. Apply a non-irritating lip balm or lip moisturizer throughout the day and before bed.
3. Use a non-irritating lip balm with SPF 30 or higher when you go outdoors.
4. Drink lots of water.
5. Do not lick, bite, or peck your lips.
6. Avoid holding metal objects such as paper clips or jewelry to your lips. They can cause irritation.
7. Use a humidifier at home.
While I'm trying to do all of this, especially when it comes to staying hydrated, sometimes when my lips are dry and chapped, I need a little extra help. Then I turn to my lip scrubs. Instead of trying to peel off the dead, flaky skin with your fingers (I know, gross), these scrubs are a gentler, safer option for smoothing out your lips.
It also helps that many of the scrubs are filled with moisturizing ingredients so your lips don't stay completely peeled off and dry. I usually apply my favorite lip balm after the scrub to moisturize and really lock in that softness. When my lips are really dry (like the winter season) I tend to apply a lip scrub once or twice a week depending on how my skin feels.
Have I already sold you a lip scrub? If your chapped lips need some assistance, check out some of my and other editors' favorite options below.
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