It seems there’s no season that’s good for avoiding chapped lips. In the summer, they’re sun burned. In the winter, they’re wind-chilled and dry, and throughout fall and spring… well, let’s be real, we’re probably dehydrated.
Stocking up on lip balm seems like the easiest route to go when battling dry, cracked lips, but’s it’s not the only—or even most effective—remedy. Try one or all of these brilliant chapped lip cures instead.
1. Before you wash your face, apply a balm to your lips. Your cleanser may actually be drying out your lips—both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide disrupt your pH balance and can cause chapping.
2. Use almond oil. The hypoallergenic moisturizer pops up in Kiehl’s Lip Blam #1, which also contains free radical-fighters vitamins A and E.
3. Turn on a humidifier at night—it helps keeps your lips (and skin) moisturized.
4. For chapped and sore lips, slice up a cucumber into thin pieces and leave them over lips for five minutes (try it while you’re watching TV). It helps rehydrates your lips and feels fantastic.