Having chapped lips can be uncomfortable and unsightly. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to keep your lips healthy and hydrated. Dermatologists recommend using lip balm, lipstick, and other non-irritating products that are applied to the lips. Applying a non-irritating lip balm (or lip moisturizer) several times a day and before bed is essential for keeping your lips hydrated.
Additionally, if you're going outdoors, make sure to use a lip balm with a protection factor of 30 or higher. If your lips are very dry and chapped, try using a thick ointment such as petroleum jelly. Ointment retains moisture longer than waxes or oils. When selecting lip balms, skin care products, and makeup, look for formulas that contain healing ingredients rather than formulas that aggravate discomfort.
Vaseline is an effective option as it seals in moisture. Hyaluronic acid is also beneficial as it acts as a moisturizer to attract water and hydration. Products with ceramides (lipids) that form the building blocks of the skin barrier will also be effective in preventing and treating chapped lips. Cold weather, lip licking, lack of water, and irritation caused by makeup or skin care products can further dehydrate lips and cause them to crack.
To avoid this, make sure to follow the prevention tips above and be more rigorous with your lip care routine. This video is part of the AAD “Video of the Month” series, which offers tips that people can use to properly care for their skin, hair and nails.