Chapped Lip Care: Why & How To Heal

We experience chapped lips all year round due to cold and dry weather, insufficient or lack of nutrients (vitamin B), smoking, improper diet or even medications or thyroid hormone imbalance can cause chapped lips. But, with the cold upon us it becomes a much more common problem and we need a little extra cold weather care for our sensitive puckers. Lips are the most vulnerable to drying out as we lose up to 10 times the moisture through our lips than anywhere else on the face or body. Lips are mucous membranes so they have very thin surface layers of skin on them which isn’t good for winter lip lock.

Here are a few reasons WHY & HOW lips chap and how to best help the problem.

1. Do not exfoliate your lips! If you are it can break down the thin layers of skin you do have on them.

2. Pick perfect lip product! Some lip products actually have drying ingredients such as scented lip gloss or plumpers. Cinnamates, which create the scent can easily irritate the skin so try a fragrance-free gloss. Also keep an eye out for ieucalyptus, menthol, and camphor which can also cause irritation and dryness.

3. Not all lip balms are alike! Wax based balms have less protection so choose a petroleum based treatment like Aquaphor Healing Ointment $4.79 Petrolatum is one of the most common occlusive agents, but you can also look for castor seed oil, shea butter, sunflower seed oil, or squalane to nourish cracked lips. Plus look for an SPF lip balm such as Aveeno Lip Conditioner Essential Moisture SPF 15 $3.70 or Blistex Lip Infusion SPF 15 $2.75.

4. Avoid using products daily that come in little pots as dipping your finger in a jar isn’t as sanitary as using a tube applicator.

5. Do not lick or bite your lips! People tend to bite and lick their lips when they’re stressed, causing them to get even dryer. “As saliva evaporates, it dehydrates skin further,” Linder tells WebMD. “Saliva also contains acids that help break down food. Those acids only cause irritation when sitting on compromised lip skin, Linder says.

6. Sleep slathered!  One of the keys to avoiding cracked lips is to apply balm early and often so when we sleep we loose a window of opportunity. Try wearing a thick layer of ointment to bed. “Many of us sleep with our mouths open, causing our lips to dry out.” Applying a treatment at bedtime means you’ll be less likely to wake up with chapping.” Los Angeles dermatologist Jessica Wu, MD  Try Neosporin Lip Health Overnight Renewal Therapy. $4.99

7. Cold Weather blitz. Protect your lips like yourself with a scarf in cold weather. You can’t walk around with a face mask but you can create a barrier between the cold and your lips by always wearing a lip balm and trying to not let your lips go bare.

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15

When it comes to lips sometimes I want just a tint of color, a sheer wash to add a youthful glow.  Not a gloss, not a crème lipstick, and no liner. Just a beautiful shiny tint and that is exactly what Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments provide. Plus they have the added benefit of having an SPF 15 and nourishing treatment.

Pure pigment, pure shine, pure luxury: this intensely-hued, super lustrous lip gloss is formulated with active ingredients that hydrate and restore lips for an immediately soft and smooth effect.



My favorite color is Plum, which uses buildable coverage for either a sheer or deeper hue to turn it into a nighttime look. All the colors build but Plum has rich blue undertones which seems the most universally flattering of the darker colors. Days I don’t want to look overdone I will do a wash of Plum and some mascara. I have to admit I still pretty much always curl my lashes first as it’s the biggest no-make up tip that makes the biggest difference.

Tips to application – I do find myself having to smooth over the color on my lips with my finger when I apply it and occasionally once it’s on to keep it from blotting in any dry areas. If my lips are already too dry or chapped I prefer to go with a clear lip treatment as the tint can cake into the chapped areas.

Key ingredients:

– Sugar, a natural humectant, prevents moisture loss

– A superior blend of nourishing oils, including meadowfoam and black currant seed oils, deeply moisturize dry areas

– Grapeseed polyphenols protect, smooth, and soften

– SPF 15 UVA/UVB protection

For a cheaper version of a tinted lip treatment check out NIVEA A Kiss of Cherry Tinted Lip Care SPF10. They are a fraction of the price at $0.99! My only reservation is they are flavored so depending on if you like fruity tasting balm it may or may not be a good fit for you. However, the formula has great moisture and gives you a nice make-out session cherry hue to your lips…. Luscious!

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15  

Starting at: $22.50

Available at: Fresh