End winter chapped lips once and for all

Redbook

View photo

.
Get soft and smooth lips

(Photo: Getty Images)

The all-knowing beauty professionals were asked: "I get the worst chapped lips in the winter. What remedy will stop this once and for all?"







The dermatologist says:

"The thin skin on your mouth loses moisture faster than any other area--especially when it's cold. Your instinct may be to buff off the flakes, but don't: This can leave the skin raw and allow bacteria in. Instead, focus on hydration. By keeping the skin nourished and protected, it'll repair itself quickly and stay soft."

Nivea SPF 30

(Courtesy of Nivea)

If you're going to be outdoors for the day, swipe on a lip balm that contains SPF 30, since the delicate skin on your lips is especially vulnerable to UV rays. (Try Nivea A Kiss Of Protection Lip Care SPF 30, $2.99; drugstore.com.) And watch out for triggers that can aggravate dryness, such as acidic juices like orange and grapefruit, toothpaste that contains guaiazulene or sodium lauryl sulfate (it'll say so on the label), and fragranced lipsticks and glosses.

"Avoid all these for a bit and your lips will heal much faster." -- Jennifer M. Segal, M.D., fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and consulting dermatologist for Simple Skincare.

(See also: 22 makeup shades that look good on every skin tone)


Vaseline lip therapy

(Photo courtesy of Vaseline)

The cosmetic chemist says:

"To soothe and prevent chapped lips, try doubling up on products. During the day you want a balm that contains a rich emollient like shea or mango butter--they're loaded with fatty acids and lipids that help repair skin--and reapply it often. It's a myth that you can become addicted to lip balm, so don't worry!" (Try Aquaphor Lip Repair, $4.59; amazon.com.)

"Then, before bed, slather on a thick ointment that contains petrolatum, lanolin, or mineral oil to seal in moisture." A good choice is Vaseline Lip Therapy Mini Original, $2.36; amazon.com, which is pure petroleum jelly.

What's not ideal for chapped lips, though, are those "medicated" balms that contain tingly ingredients like camphor, menthol, eucalyptus, and peppermint oil: "Their cooling effect may feel good, but sometimes they can further irritate chapped lips."

-- Ni'Kita Wilson, vice president of product development at Englewood Lab in Englewood, NJ.


Korres Lip Butters

(Photo courtesy of Korres)

The makeup artist says:

"Very pale or very bold lip colors will make a dry mouth look even more scaly, so stick with soft, natural shades like rose or, for darker skin, a subtle, reddish berry. If you wear lipstick, make sure it's a creamy formula--the matte or long-wearing ones can be drying. Or switch to a tinted lip balm until chapping heals."

Korres Lip Butters, $12 each; sephora.com, offer a nice range of colors; try (from top) Quince on dark skin, Jasmine for fair skin, or Pomegranate on olive skin.

If you're a lipgloss-lover, first swipe on a clear lip balm and give it a minute to sink in before you apply your favorite product. "Otherwise, the shade can separate and show all the little cracks in your skin." (This trick works under lipstick, too!)

-- Rebecca Restrepo, global makeup artist for Elizabeth Arden who works with Claire Danes.



More from Redbook:

Stunning Date-Night Dresses - Under $100!

Lingerie For Every Budget and Body Type

The 20 Best Things You Can Do For Your Relationship

The 13 Most Exciting Chocolates in America

Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.

    Recommended for You

    • Barack Obama Takes Daughter Malia to Broadway Show — And He Looks Incredible!

      Former President Barack Obama seems to be enjoying his trip to New York City. After being treated like a rockstar while grabbing coffee on Friday afternoon, the two bonded some more in the evening, attending the revival of Arthur Miller’s The Price on Broadway, starring Danny DeVito and Mark Ruffalo. Obama caused a commotion among New Yorkers and social media took notice of his glowing complexion, likely due to his post-presidency vacation in Palm Springs, California and, later, in the British Virgin Islands.

      People
    • Gamer dies while attempting 24-hour livestream for charity

      VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who died at home while playing a 24-hour video game marathon was part of an online livestreaming community where members sometimes go to extremes to build their audiences, experts say.

      Associated Press
    • NFL player who negotiated his own contract without an agent had it completely backfire

      Last offseason, NFL offensive tackle Russell Okung decided to enter free agency without an...

      Business Insider
    • Law Professors File Ethics Complaint Against Kellyanne Conway Over 'Lies'

      President Donald Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway should face sanctions for “professional misconduct,” which include repeated lies and ethics breaches, according to a formal complaint filed by 15 law professors across the nation. “We do not file this complaint lightly,” states the letter, which legal ethics professors from leading universities such as Yale, Georgetown, Fordham and Duke filed this week. “We believe that, at one time, Ms. Conway understood her ethical responsibilities as a lawyer and abided by them. But she is currently behaving in a way that brings shame upon the legal profession.”  Conway obtained a law degree from George Washington University Law School. She was admitted to

      The Huffington Post q
    • Magician Daryl Easton, 61, Found Dead After Killing Himself in Hollywood’s Famed Magic Castle

      Magician Daryl Easton was found dead inside Hollywood’s famed Magic Castle on Friday, according to multiple reports. Police have ruled his death a suicide, the New York Daily News reported, after the Los Angeles Fire Department had responded to calls from the popular venue at 7:25 p.m. local time. The Magic Castle, which opened its doors in 1963, confirmed Easton’s death early Saturday in a statement on their Facebook page.

      People
    • Amal Clooney Flaunts Baby Bump At 42nd Cesar Awards In Paris

      Amal Clooney showed off her growing baby bump at the red carpet of the 42nd Cesar Awards in Paris as husband George was honored with a career award.

      International Business Times
    • I Lost My Husband 3 Days After Welcoming Our First Baby

      There I sat, my 3-day-old infant in my arms, trembling in fear as chaos and horror played out in my living room. Muffled by my bedroom door were sirens, chattering voices, and screams that will forever haunt my dreams. Frozen and in a state of shock, all I could see in my mind was the lifeless face of the only man I ever intended to love, his lips white and his body lying on the floor in an unnatural state. "I couldn't feel a pulse, but he has to be alive," I told myself. A police officer slowly opened my door and disturbingly made his way to my bed. Out of the corner of my eye, I could see the willing arms of family members reaching out for my infant son. As the words "He's deceased" came out

      PopSugar q
    • Send in the bern unit, Bernie Sanders just poured the hot fire bern sauce all over Trump on Twitter

      President Donald Trump thinks his voters should have their own rally, but luckily, Bernie Sanders is here to remind him that, um, they already did. And it didn't go well. In his usual Saturday morning tweet routine (tweetine?), Trump turned his attention to the rallies against him since he took office:  But Bernie Sanders was ready with the receipts.  Trump said during his remarks at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference yesterday that he "liked" Sanders, but that his movement had "petered out." So maybe the Vermont senator was waiting for the right moment to respond.  Photos of inauguration, always useful to have on hand, for, you know, the rest of recorded history. 

      Mashable q
    • Warren Buffett just shared his best investment advice, and said the 'elite' have wasted $100 billion ignoring it

      Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is out with its annual letter to shareholders. The letter...

      Business Insider
    • Hoda Kotb’s 11-Day-Old Daughter Haley Joy Already #WardrobeGoals with Cute Sweater

      Hoda Kotb‘s daughter Haley Joy is only 11 days old and already she has one fancy wardrobe. On Friday, the 52-year-old Today co-host shared a photo of Haley Joy’s latest gift — a tiny pink sweater with her name on it. On Tuesday, Kotb surprised Today audiences when she announced she had adopted Haley Joy.

      People
    • Mysterious sea creature that washed ashore in Philippines is identified; video

      The remains of a hairy, white sea creature that washed ashore Wednesday afternoon on a beach on Dinagat Island in the Philippines created a buzz among the locals of Barangay Poblacion and on social media. Most speculated it was a sea cow. Some said it resembled an Old English sheepdog. The creepy beast measured 20 feet long and, as it sat on the shoreline, became the subject of many selfies, photographs and videos. Sky News reported that the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources at first believed it could be the remains of a sea cow. But after testing samples it was determined to be the carcass of a whale in an advanced stage of decomposition, according to the Sun Star. The type of whale

      GrindTV.com q
    • Tennessee Preacher Accused of Raping Teenage Student After Binding Her with Rope

      Law enforcement alleges otherwise: Officials say Mike Ulmer, 53, picked up the victim, 18, from Chester County High School on Feb. 16 and brought her to his home in Henderson, Tennessee. Ulmer serves as a pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Henderson, and court records show the victim was paid to clean his house.

      People
    • Concord police say mom probably saved infant's life during dog attack

      A 10-month-old baby was attacked by his family dog and after his mother heard her other child screaming, she rushed in and freed the baby from the aggressive animal.

      KGO – San Francisco
    • GPS device-maker Garmin reeling after workers gunned down

      OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — GPS device-maker Garmin long has revered diversity in its workforce, even when the locale of its ever-sprawling operational headquarters — a largely white Kansas City suburb — didn't reflect it.

      Associated Press
    • Amal Clooney debuts her baby bump on the red carpet, is perfection as usual

      She’s a busy human rights attorney who kicks ass on the daily, but Amal Clooney took some time out of her busy…

      Hello Giggles
    • Mama June’s Weight Loss Was a Total Revenge Move Against Sugar Bear

      Mama June Shannon‘s motivation to lose weight has been revealed. The reality star opened up on the premiere of her new show, Mama June: From Hot to Not, that she decided to lose weight when her ex, Sugar Bear, revealed he was getting married and that he wanted her to be there. June’s daughters, Alana “Honey Boo Boo,” and Lauryn “Pumpkin,” encouraged her along the way.

      People
    • Melania Could Have Been A Deportation Priority Under New Immigration Rules

      Melania Trump applied for a green card in March 2001 and then eventually became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 2006.

      International Business Times
    • 11 Healthy Chilis That Are Totally Changing The Chili Game (13 photos)

      They're packed with superfoods and general awesomeness. From Delish

      Delish
    • Falcons are still finding ways to help Patriots even after the Super Bowl

      The Atlanta Falcons did the New England Patriots a solid by blowing a 28-3 lead in Super Bowl LI, and they’re still doing them favors weeks later. Falcons are too kind to Pats. When the Patriots traded Jamie Collins to the Browns, it was for a conditional 2018 fourth-round pick.

      SB Nation q
    • 8 Changes Your Bedroom Needs So You Can Sleep Better (9 photos)

      We've taken the best bedding and made sure it's gorgeous, so you can feel perfectly taken care of—awake or asleep. From Redbook

      Redbook