I have naturally dry lips, and the winter weather definitely doesn’t help the situation. I used to use chapstick pretty regularly. After I put on my makeup in the morning, I would apply chapstick. Then if I wasn’t wearing any lipstick or lip gloss I would apply chapstick throughout the day as necessary. And after I had brushed and flossed my teeth and washed my face at night, I would put MORE chapstick on before bed. I had heard that many chapsticks and lip balms didn’t actually work to moisturize your lips, but that they just temporarily made your lips feel good, as if they were being moisturized. Honestly though, I didn’t pay too much attention to it. I liked how the chapstick made my lips feel when I applied it, and I had quite a bit of it stocked up from my couponing days to bother trying something else.
Then about a year ago I decided to look into it a bit more, so I did some research. I learned that many common chapsticks contain waxes that provide a barrier to your lips, locking moisture in, but not actually providing any extra moisture. So if you don’t have much moisture in the first place, the chapstick is simply just acting to temporarily soothe your dry lips, not giving added moisture. I also learned that I needed to use an emollient that was actually going to provide some moisture and soften my lips. So I stopped using regular chapsticks altogether. But because of my dry lips, I still needed to use something. I started using lanolin and coconut oil. These products are natural and they lubricate and nourish the skin and prevent moisture evaporation. (For those of you who are familiar with breastfeeding, you may have used the lanolin for cracked, sore nipples). These products feel good on the lips and they work well. I have been using lanolin daily for the past year and recommend it to anyone that is looking for a good lip moisturizer.
Shea butter is also another good natural moisturizer, but I haven’t personally tried pure shea butter. (Dr. Oz did a brief segment explaining how chapstick works that is worth watching; he also recommends these all natural products.) Something else that I do periodically for my dry lips is a lip scrub to get rid of the top layer of flaky, dead cells. There are several lip scrub products available, but I just make my own lip scrub by mixing some sugar and coconut oil. Then I rub it on my lips and let it sit for a minute before washing it off. Overall I still have some natural dryness, but I definitely feel like my lips have improved since I started using lanolin about a year ago.
One other super important tip to preventing dry lips is simply to drink plenty of water. Dehydration causes several negative effects on the body, one of them being dry, cracked lips. When you are properly hydrated, your lips will feel fuller and softer.
These dry winter months are the most difficult to keep lips feeling moisturized. Hope this information helps your lips feel fresh and new all winter long! Follow these tips and your lips will likely be as smooth as buttah! 😉
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