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So, you’re in love. This one’s a keeper. You are really into him and you want to let him know. You want to hit the gas and hit it hard and, hey actions speak louder than words, right? You need to give him the kiss of a lifetime. You’ve got your moves down, your breath mints ready, and your mind set, but there’s just one problem. You’re lips are as dry and cracked as the Grand Canyon. You can’t kiss him with lips like this! This has the potential to be the worst kiss since the Drake and Madonna debacle! Never fear. With just a few simple steps, you can get your pucker on in no time.
Use Lip Balm or Ointment
Lips have no oil glands and they’re constantly exposed to the elements, a recipe for sure disaster. A lip balm high in emollients can help to protect that delicate skin. You want to make sure to use something with petrolatum to lock in moisture and dimethicone to seal off splits and cracks.
Apply Often and Early
Apply your balm under lipstick and gloss and reapply regularly. Aim for six to eight coats per day, once in the morning, once before bed, and every couple of hours throughout the day. Make sure to keep a stick in close reach at all times: in your purse, in your car, at your desk and on your bedside table.
Cover Your Lips
Remember Randy Stover from “A Christmas Story?” Remember how his mom bundled him up in the snowsuit with the scarf covering half his face? Well, Randy’s mom had the right idea. When its cold, cover your lips the same way you do your feet and hands. If a ski mask seems a little excessive, a simple scarf over exposed areas will do.
Dehydration in your body can cause dryness on your lips. Aim for eight glasses a day.
Use a Humidifier
A humidifier is great for all your skin, not just the parts that cover your lips. Humidifiers are like a bring your own moisture device for your whole body and are especially good for extreme cold and heat.
Don’t Lick Your Lips
Although this may work well for pop stars, licking your lips is one of the worst things to do to dry lips. When the saliva form your tongue dries, it actually takes more moisture from your skin. Lip balm is a smarter choice.
Don’t Bite Flaky Skin
Resist peeling or biting at the bits of skin on your lips. It will only make them hurt and bleed and delay the healing process, causing more irritation.
This can exacerbate the damage.
Stay Away From Irritating Ingredients
Everyone reacts differently to different ingredients. Eucalyptus, menthol, and camphor, while found in many balms and ointments, can be drying and irritating. Also, if you have allergies, you may need to avoid plant based moisturizers like castor seed and soybean oil and switch to a petroleum based product.
See A Doctor
If you tried all of these and nothing works, it may be a sign of a more serious problem. Visit a dermatologist if the problem persists. If your lips are dry and cracked, we hope this will help! Let us know if you are a chapped lip sufferer and what you think is the best remedy. We encourage sharing!