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Chapped Lip Care: 6 Tips For Treating Chapped Or Dry Lips

Posted on May 08 2020

woman checking out her chapped lips in the mirror

We all want soft, smooth, rosy lips! But everyone deals with chapped or dry lips at some point or another.

If you’re all too familiar with the uncomfortable feeling of tight, peeling lips, it’s time for a solution. Babo Botanicals is here to help!

Having chapped or dry lips is a common complaint, but that doesn’t mean you’re destined to deal with them forever! There are a few ways to combat chapped lips on a daily basis; you just have to know your stuff.

First, let’s look at some of the reasons you get chapped lips, then we’ll get straight into tips for treating them.

Why You Get Chapped Lips

Other than being perfect for kissing and smiling, what makes your lips different from the rest of the skin on your body? And why do they get chapped and dry so easily? We’re glad you asked.

upclose of dry lips

The Skin On Your Lips

The skin on your lips is very thin and doesn’t have all of the oil glands that the rest of your skin has.

Oil might not sound like a great thing, but it’s a big part of keeping skin healthy and hydrated! Your skin’s natural oil forms a barrier that keeps hydration in and irritants out.

Since your lips don’t have a very strong barrier, they can become irritated and dried out very easily. When that happens, you may notice peeling, tightness, flaking, and even swelling or bleeding.

Common Irritants

With such thin, delicate skin, your lips are especially susceptible to the irritants of everyday life, which can cause dryness. What types of irritants are we talking about?

Smoking and certain medications can certainly contribute to the problem. But there are three main irritants that most people deal with every day.

The Weather

First of all, the weather. Many people experience chapped lips in the winter only. That’s usually because low humidity and cold weather dry your skin out. Your lips are no different.

On the other hand, the sun exposure and sunburn of the summer months can certainly damage and dry your lips, too!

This doesn’t mean you should avoid being outside altogether. That doesn’t sound like any fun! But it does mean you should take care of your lips when you head into the great outdoors.

Cosmetics

In addition to weather, a common drying irritant is your cosmetics. That’s right, we’re talking about lip balm, lipstick, and all the rest.

They might make your lips look sweet, but many of the ingredients in cosmetics are far from healthy for your skin! 

woman applying lip gloss to chapped lips

The good news is there are lipsticks and lip balms that are natural and safe for your skin but will still leave you looking your best. You just have to know what to look for. We’ll talk more about that soon!

Licking And Picking Your Lips

Last but not least, you might be irritating and drying your lips without even knowing!

When your lips are dry and bothersome, licking them can feel oh, so good! But your saliva evaporates, which only serves to dry your lips out even more in the end.

Plus, lots of people have a habit of picking or biting their lips, which — you guessed it — can irritate the skin on your lips.

All that being said, if your chapped lips persist or get worse even after caring for them with the tips we’re about to give you, it’s best to see a dermatologist. They can tell you if there’s something more going on.

Now, without further ado, let’s go over how to get your lips back to their soft, smooth selves!

6 Tips For Treating Chapped Or Dry Lips

smiling couple outside

1) Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

Health and beauty come from the inside-out. That applies to hydrating your skin and lips as well. Well-hydrated lips start with a well-hydrated body!

For hydrated lips, drink plenty of water every day. To make sure you’re drinking enough, carry a small water bottle with you, drink herbal teas, and make your own delicious water with lemon, mint, cucumber, and the like.

Your parched lips will thank you!

woman drinking water to hydrate herself

2) Don’t Lick Your Lips

OK, every now and then when you’ve had a really yummy meal, lip-licking is permitted! Otherwise, quit the habit. As we mentioned before, it might feel nice at the moment, but it only dries your lips more in the long-run.

To help yourself break the habit, keep lip balm on hand and apply it every time you notice yourself licking your lips.

Also, when your lips are peeling and flaking, it can be tempting to pick or bite them. Avoid it! Picking and biting your lips irritates them and slows down the healing process.

3) Use Non-Irritating Lip Gloss

Cosmetics can be loaded with chemical ingredients that are no good for your delicate lips.

If you have sensitive skin, you probably already know the importance of using products that are hypoallergenic and free of irritating chemicals. Your lips deserve the same treatment!

Opt for lip gloss and lipsticks without artificial dyes, synthetic fragrances, silicone, petroleum, sulfates, parabens, or phthalates.

That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to forego all of your favorite shades! It’s possible to have beautiful lips that pop with color and be kind to your skin at the same time.

Here’s a tip from the pros. Check the EWG (Environmental Working Group) rating to see if the products you’re using are safe for your skin (and the environment!). Babo Botanicals’s Nutri-Shine Hydrating Lip Luminizer fits the bill.

Our lip luminizer is 100% vegan, dye-free, preservative-free, and cruelty-free. It nourishes and colors your lips naturally with coconut oil, cocoa butter, and soothing organic calendula. And, to top it all off, it’s EWG Verified.

Babo Botanicals’s Nutri-Shine Hydrating Lip Luminizer for dry lips

4) Apply Lip Balm Regularly

Since your lips don’t produce an oily, protective barrier on their own, you’ll have to lend them a hand!

That’s where lip balm comes in. Apply it regularly — several times throughout the day and before you head to bed. A good lip balm will lock moisture in and keep the bad-guy irritants out!

Choose a natural, non-irritating lip balm, like Babo Botanicals’s Lip Tint Conditioner. Our lip tint comes in five different shades to suit your style and is made with our Nutri-Soothe™ Complex, which is rich in antioxidants and vitamins to smooth, soften, and condition your lips.

two women wearing Lip Tint Conditioner for chapped lips

Make sure you always have lip balm on hand — keep some around the house, in the car, in your purse, and even in the diaper bag!

5) Armor Up With SPF

You know (maybe from experience) that too much time in the sun can lead to a pretty uncomfortable sunburn. Even if you aren’t the type to burn easily, your skin can still be damaged by the sun’s harmful rays.

You lather up with sunscreen for that very reason. Shouldn’t you show the same love to your lips? You bet! Your lips are susceptible to the sun just like the rest of your skin.

Make a habit of wearing a lip balm that contains SPF and reapplying it frequently, just like you do with your sunscreen. Whether you want to add a pop of color or keep it neutral, Babo Botanicals’s SPF 15 Lip Care line has something for you!

Babo Botanicals Lip Tint SPF 15 for chapped lip protection

Made with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, our lip tints will effectively protect your lips from the sun without any irritating chemicals!

6) Protect Your Lips From The Elements

In addition to protecting your lips from the sunshine (by the way, the slopes as well as the beach!), you’ll want to protect them from the cold winter weather.

To help your lips stay hydrated during the cold months, use a scarf to wrap up when you head outside.

When you’re at home, a good way to combat the drying winter weather is to run a humidifier. It will pump needed moisture into the air and help your lips retain their hydration.

Get Back To Soft, Smooth Lips

Smiling woman wearing Lip Tint Conditioner

The thin, delicate skin on your lips goes through a lot every day! Chapped or dry lips are bound to strike every now and then. But with the six tips we listed in this article, you’re ready to fight back.

Drink lots of water, break your lip-licking habit, apply lip balm regularly, protect your lips from the elements, and opt for a natural, non-irritating lip balm like Babo Botanicals’s Lip Tint Conditioner.

Your lips will thank you and, slowly but surely, get back to being soft, smooth, and oh so kissable!

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