To find out how to get rid of chapped lips once and for all, we consulted Dr. Janet Prystowsky, a leading board certified dermatologist based in New York City; Dr. Michael Swann, a board certified dermatologist and Mohs skin expert in Springfield, MO at Swann Dermatology and Esthetics; as well as the highly regarded New York-based board-certified dermatologist Dr. Neil Sadick, owner of Sadick Dermatology practice.
From emphatic endorsements for balms found in everyone's bathroom, to lesser-known all-natural tips, using products found in your kitchen, read on for the only chapped lips remedies you'll need.
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For More Natural Lip Protection
Exfoliate Chapped Lips
For a lip scrub that won't be too harsh on lips, try Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, $24. Its brown sugar crystals slough off dead skin without irritating.
For a DIY lip scrub, massage your lips with a soft-bristled toothbrush, or make a paste out of brown sugar and honey or coconut oil.
What About Severely Chapped Lips?
Apply aloe vera twice a day to alleviate inflammation (we like Aubrey Pure Aloe Vera Gel, $12.95). Finish with a lip balm containing colloidal oatmeal and natural oils, such as Carmex Comfort Care Lip Balm, $1.99, which, says Sadick, will moisturize, protect and aid skin regeneration. Like Glossier's The Balm Dotcom, this Carmex balm is made with castor oil, beeswax and cupuacu butter.