How I Keep My Winter-Ravaged Lips Soft and Crack-Free

Posted 12/16/11 at 06:25AM by Audrey Fine

I'm a card-carrying lip balm addict. It's gotten so bad that my kids make fun of me for having tubes of it everywhere (you know you have a problem when you keep one in your robe pocket). But there's a reason that drives the insanity -- I can't stand having chapped lips.

They chap, they crack. They crack, they bleed. They bleed, I cry. And I hate crying. But, there's more to my "no chapped lips EVER" regimen than schmearing on balm. Here are the two simple steps I follow to keep my lips in perfect shape all year long.

Step 1: Exfoliate. As with your skin, the secret to keeping your lips soft and smooth is to exfoliate -- removing dead skin cells to make way for fresh new ones is of paramount importance if you want them to be soft and chap-free. You can do this in a couple of ways. Add sugar to your favorite lip balm or make a paste of baking soda and water and use as a scrub, massaging your lips gently with your fingers. You can brush your lips with a toothbrush and some petroleum jelly. Or, use a wet washcloth to whisk away dry, dead skin.

Step 2: Moisturize. Applying heaps of lip balm to un-exfoliated lips doesn't do much since the product can't seep into the skin. Once they're prepped though, your lips are ready to receive some love in the form of moisture! I use a different balm at night since I want sun protection during the day, but you can use whichever ones work best for you.

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  • Posted by GigiSD on 04/19/13 at 12:17pm

    Great tips!

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  • Posted by EricaF123 on 12/29/12 at 04:55pm

    Thanks

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  • Posted by beautybody on 03/25/12 at 09:05pm

    I like lipsyl balm it is cheap and works wonders on my lips.

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  • Posted by powerwoman033 on 03/14/12 at 11:00pm

    I also exfoliate and then treat with a lip moisturizer. I usually use Laura Geller's Lip Strip to exfoliate my chapped lips and follow with her Lip Love super emollient lip treatment. I make sure to sleep with Lip Love on my lips too!

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  • Posted by PrettyGossip.com on 12/27/11 at 06:13pm

    Great advice! I have chronically chapped lips and have tried everything... Check out my (unconventional) but super moisturizing balm for chapped lips on PrettyGossip and look under the "lip" tag. Hope it helps!!!

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  • Posted by bruna_muniz_mendonca on 12/27/11 at 09:11am

    using proper products for your lips also helps... satin lips kit from Mary Kay is one option! try them! they work amazingly good!

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