PSA: The Two Things That Saved My Desperately Chapped Lips
When I tell people I have chapped lips, they usually go, "Me too!" When this happens, I smile politely and refrain from saying You don't even know. Lest I sound like a bit of a jerk (I'm not), allow me to explain: I have REALLY dry lips. I'm talking drier than old toast, sandpaper and Aubrey Plaza's sense of humour all rolled into one. Basically, If I ever stopped applying lip balm a zillion times a day, my mouth would crack and bleed. Sexy right? I've had dry lips forever, but they got worse during a course of Roacctuane. (You can read up on other women's experiences with the anti-acne drug here.) Suffice to say the concept of owning a nourished pout is foreign to me. While this does suck a little, there is a silver lining. (For you, at least.) Not only am I the perfect person to road-test lip balms for efficacy (because if it works for me, it'll probably work for you too), I also know exactly which lip softening tricks do and don't work. Ahead you'll find the two things I rely on to save my desperately chapped lips. Keep reading for the insider info!
As a beauty editor, it goes without saying that I've tried A LOT of lip balms. Add in the dry lip situation and you can safely assume I've tried just about every new formula that's launched in the past three years. These two are my ride-or-dies. They're both phenomenal but for very different reasons. I must admit when I first tried Lanolips 101 Ointment ($14), I didn't get the hype. Not because it wasn't good, I just wasn't seeing the results other beauty editors were raving about. Then I had what Oprah calls an Aha! moment. I realised that the function of this ointment was to act as a barrier, not a hydrator. If its job was to protect my lips from drying out, I was going to have to nurture my sore lips back to health so there was a level of moisture to maintain. Enter: Nuxe Baume Levres Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm ($20). I am evangelical about this stuff. I can't say enough about it's transformative powers. It contains honey, a humectant, that draws moisture to the skin helping to heal damaged lips. Plus, the texture is matte. Together these two are a formidable duo, and they're my holy grail for lip products.
Korres Milk Proteins Cleansing And Makeup Removing Wipes ($12)
We know that removing dead skin is key to helping our skincare products penetrate. Well, it's the same with lips. A flaky pair is never going to receive the full benefits a nourishing balm can offer. There are numerous methods for exfoliating your pout but mine is a weird hack I came up years ago as a result of running out of clean face washers. I used to use the damp corner of one to buff away the dry bits on my lips before applying balm, but on this occasion I tried a face wipe. Long story short: It rocked my world. Not only was it actually more effective, it was much more gentle. (Note: Never try this trick with anything other than nourishing wipes—acne formulas are a bad idea.) I utilise this hack every few days, often before I apply lipstick. It delivers a smooth finish, and allows your conditioning products to work as best they can.