by Jordana Mattioli, LE
Chapped and dry lips aren't just a winter problem, but they are more common this time of year. There are unfortunately many culprits that cause them and prolong dryness: lip licking, certain foods, gum, toothpaste residue, dry climate, and even certain lip products could be doing more harm than good.
- The first place to start is by checking your lip balm. Avoid menthols, mint, camphor, cinnamon, and fragrances, all of which can exacerbate dryness.
- After brushing your teeth or using mouthwash, make sure to rinse any residue off since these can dry out lips.
- If you regularly wear matte lipsticks, make sure to use a rich balm frequently.
- After chewing gum, eating spicy food, or drinking alcohol, give your lips a wipe with a wet damp cloth and apply a balm.
- Once you get your chapped lips under control, exfoliate them weekly with a baby toothbrush or lip scrub.
- Use creamy SPF lip balms when outside. We like Elta MD UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31.
- For hydrating at night when you won't need sun protection, we regularly use and recommend Dr. Rogers Restore, an all-natural healing balm that's perfect for lips. For a dose of hydration with ingredients to fight aging, we love PRO Restorsea LipMagic.
If dryness, chapping, and irritation persist despite the above measures, you should consider talking with your doctor about possible patch testing to rule out allergic contact dermatitis.