Updated: September 27, 2023
Your lips feel dry so you apply chapstick or lip balm. It feels fine but a few hours later your lips feel dry again. Did you know your chapstick could actually be drying your lips out?
Does chapstick really dry lips out?
The whole point of chapstick or lip balm is to provide temporary relief from dry lips. So while most chapsticks and lip balms aren’t specifically drying, they might be keeping your lips in a perpetual state of dryness. Chapsticks filled with chemicals and fragrances might give your lips some relief now but in the long run, they might irritate your already dry skin.
What can I do to heal my lips then?
You don’t need to quit chapstick cold turkey, it still has its place in your skincare and beauty routine. Instead opt for chapsticks and lip balms with more natural ingredients and contain things like beeswax, shea butter, and oils — these ingredients will actually help to hydrate the lips and help them heal.
How do I prevent dry lips?
The best way to break the dry lip cycle is to help your lips get healthy. Dry lips are common especially in the colder months of the year, but they can also be a sign that your skin isn’t getting the hydration it needs. To further prevent dry lips, make sure you’re drinking enough water, exfoliate your lips regularly and do deep moisturizing treatments when you feel like they are needed.
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