How To Fix Chapped Lips In 5 Easy Steps
Its the middle of Winter in Australia and dry faces and chapped lips abound. Actually, its a dry and chapped country. Our faces and lips are just as bad in summer!
My time working in retail has given me access to a wealth of knowledge from the Beauty floor of several Department Stores and put me in contact with products I never would have discovered. Having suffered with chronically dry lips my whole life, this is one of the magical tips I learned to combat the dry flakiness that is the bane of all matte lipsticks.
The beauty is (pun intended), its an extension of the beauty routine you probably (hopefully) already follow, and you can use the products you already own. If you’re missing a few steps, I’ve linked some product suggestions below.
1. Make some changes to your cleansing routine:
Get rid of your foaming cleanser!
Seriously, throw it out. While you’re at it, get rid of your Micellar water too. Not only will your lips love the change away from moisture stripping surfactants when your remove your makeup and cleanse your skin, but so will the rest of your face. SLS/SLES – the foaming agent in a lot foaming facial cleansers is also the foaming agent in engine degreaser and dishwashing liquid – and a known skin irritant. For the love of your face, and lips, stop using that stuff right now.
Use a balm or oil cleanser instead. Yes, even if you have oily skin. Trust me on this one.
- Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm | Review and Availability Here
- DHC Deep Cleansing Oil | Review and Availability Here
- Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm | Available worldwide through Cult Beauty
- Or the coconut oil you have kicking around in your pantry.
Use a face washer.
When you’re using your oil/balm cleanser, remove it with a face washer (UK peeps “Flannel”). And while you do that, use it’s bobbly texture to gently buff your lips. Use a fresh clean face washer every day. DO NOT use the same one all week. Thats like wearing the same underpants all week. Ewww. No really, EWWW.
Buy a bunch of cheap ones (I find the cheap thin towelling is better for the face) and throw them in with your towels in your weekly wash.
2. Follow up with a toner – and include your lips.
An acid based toner that you use on your skin to gently exfoliate, improve texture and provide glow will also work wonders on your chapped lips. Include them when you swipe your toner laden cotton pad over your face. You may feel a mild tingle as the acids get to work. This will help keep the flakiness at bay and help any moisturising products you apply next penetrate more effectively.
Make sure your toner is gentle enough to use daily and not a ‘peel’ that is a once/twice weekly treatment or it will be too concentrated. Case in point: Alpha H Liquid Gold is TOO STRONG.
If your lips have split from chronic dryness, skip the acid and use a hydrating toner with lots of glycerin. Acids will sting like a mofo. You can always move to an acid once they’ve healed as a prevention measure.
Suggestions – Acids:
- Pixi Glow Tonic | Review and Availability Here
- Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Brightening Toner | Availability: AU / US / UK
Suggestion – Non-Acid, Non-Alcohol:
- Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray | Availability: AU (Free Shipping within AU) / US (with 15% off on your first order) / UK
3. Then serum – and include your lips.
Are you starting to see a pattern?
Why do we skip our lips with our facial skincare? Out of your entire face your lips need the most TLC as they produce no natural oils of their own. Include your lips with your regular anti-aging or hydrating serum and you’ll see the benefits almost immediately. Its another layer of moisture and skin-boosting ingredients they haven’t had the benefit of before and more moisture = less flakiness + more plumpness. Win-win!
If your serum specifically says to avoid the eye/lip area (think retinoids, anti-acne, intense resurfacing treatments, possibly anti-pigmentation treatments) then skip this step obviously.
- Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum | Review and Availability Here
- Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair | Availability: AU (Free Shipping within AU) / US (with 15% off your first order) / UK (Free Shipping within UK)
4. Layer with your moisturiser.
This is not rocket science – include your lips! Follow the same advice as the step above. You want to build layers of moisture just as you would for the rest of your face if it was dehydrated.
If its night time, use your night cream. If its day time, your day cream. If you’re using SPF, include your lips. If you use an oil rather than a cream, then use that instead. Easy.
Suggestions – Day:
- Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream (Cream-Gel texture pictured) | Review and Availability Here
- Bio-Essence Hydra Tri-Action Aqua Moisturising Gel | Available worldwide from Cult Beauty
Suggestions – Night:
- Algenist Overnight Restorative Cream | Available from Sephora
- Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil | Availability AU / US / UK
5. Seal the moisture in.
Slather on a final coat of lip balm to seal everything in. My all-time favourite is Reve de Miel Lip Balm by Nuxe which has the added benefit of being completely matte. Great for men as well as under matte lipstick. If you’re not a fan of the pot format, then Nivea does a great line of twist up balms that smell amazing. Use whatever is your favourite.
- Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm | Available worldwide from Cult Beauty
- Nivea Pure & Natural (‘A Kiss Of’ in some countries) Lip Balm Range | Available worldwide from iHerb
Are you a fellow dry lip sufferer? Give this a go and let me know what happens. The toner trick is a game changer. I should also add: Make sure you’re brushing your teeth before you commence your skincare routine. Not something many people think of, but if you brush teeth as your final step, you rinse everything off the lower half of your face.