Monday, November 28, 2016

25 Genius Ways to Prevent and Cure Chapped Lips

As the air starts to lose its moisture, our skin, hands, and lips follow suit. Sure, you should restock your desk, purse, and bedroom with Chapstick. But to score truly gorgeous, soft, touch-me lips, try one or all of these brilliant chapped lip cures.
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 ($7,, 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.
5. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. Use a lip exfoliator like ILIA Balmy Nights Lip Exfoliator ($26, or make an at-home paste with sugar and honey. For very sensitive lips, use a clean, soft toothbrush and brush back and forth.
6. Don’t lick your lips. We lick our dry lips to add some moisture, but it actually dries them out even more. Your saliva contains acids that break down food, but they also irritate your lips. Plus, continuously licking will remove any natural oils you have on your lips.
7. Breathe through your nose. Something as little as breathing through your mouth can actually dry out your lips.
8. Got flaky lips? Resist the urge to pick at them. Instead, soften them with lip balm and exfoliate the flakes off.
9. Use sunscreen to prevent burned, chapped lips. Already chapped? Skip the SPF so it doesn’t irritate the sensitive skin.
10. Another ingredient to look for: Shea butter, which nourishes and moisturizes. Try Eraclea Ever-moist Lip Balm ($16,, which gives lips a silky smooth finish and subtle shine.
11. Chapped lips will heal best when they’re moist, so stick to lip balms and skip lip waxes.
12. On the flip side, if your lips are looking good, use a beeswax when you’re going to be outside for a while (beeswax works as a barrier against dehydration). Try Burt’s Bees Beeswax lip balm ($4,—it seals in moisture and has a nice peppermint taste.

13. Stick to lipsticks with conditioners like vitamin E, macadamia oil, and shea butter.
14. Take a pass on matte lip colors in favor of moisturizing lipsticks. If you must go matte (hey, it’s a hot trend this season!), apply a lip conditioner before. Our favorite—Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Lipsaver Treatment Primer ($19, with coconut oil.
15. Drink water. Hydrating from the inside will help keep your lips from getting dry.
16. Use a toothpaste that doesn’t contain synthetic flavors—they can cause an allergic reaction, making your lips flaky. A great one is Squigle, a paste that’s free of ingredients that can irritate your skin.
17. If your lips are chapped, take a pass on drinking orange juice, eating grapefruit, and putting any other citrus fruits near your lips—they can cause more dryness.
18. Rub on aloe vera. It helps relieve the pain and heals small cuts that occur when your lips are chapped or burned.
19.  The oldest trick in the book—petroleum jelly. Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips Lip Balm ($4, is super moisturizing, plus it has a luxe rosy flavor we’re obsessed with.
20. Sometimes fragrances can cause allergic reactions. If you suspect your lips might be suffering because of a scented balm, stick to one without strong scents or flavors.
21.  Say goodbye to those hot wings for a while, because yes, spicy foods can dry out your lips.
22.  Ditto for salty treats. (Insert sad face.)
23. Wear a scarf over your mouth—wind is a biggie when it comes to chapping.
24. Suffering from really bad chapping? Look for a treatment with ceramides, which help to restore the skin barrier.
25. Nothing working? You may be suffering from an allergic reaction. See your dermatologist to be sure!

The 40 Best Lips Treatment

There is absolutely nothing sexy (or comfortable) about chapped lips. That's why we keep our pockets, purses, and nightstands stocked with an arsenal of conditioning lip treatments. And you can trust we've tried every product under the sun: medicated balms, do-it-all salves, all-natural scrubs—heck, we've even slapped on masks just for the mouth. These are the 40 that we found our lips can't live without.

Lip Oil
Yes to Coconut Lip Oil

This one's a Best of Beauty award winner—and for good reason. The silky oil won't disappear from lips the way other balms do. Instead, it leaves them pampered and glossy with a healthy, stick-free shine.

Lip Oil
Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil

"This oil is so heavy-duty that you can slather it on before bed and still feel it on your lips the next morning. That's actually my favorite time to use it, since it's a little sticky. Plus, the gold applicator tip looks incredibly fancy."
—Stephanie Saltzman, associate digital editor

Lip Oil
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

"This is one of those products I could keep smearing on my lips all day like a freak because it feels so slick, smells like vanilla, and makes my lips super shiny while hydrating them at the same time. Something about the whole experience and effect on the lips reminds me of my vanilla lip gloss days."
—Lexi Novak, associate beauty editor

Lip Balm
ChapStick Total Hydration 3 in 1 Lip Care

There's no denying the brand's expertise in lip care, and this new and improved formula feels silkier and lasts even longer than the original.

Lip Balm
Pr-Lisse Daily Lip Nourisher

With a stacked lineup of super-hydrating ingredients—mango seed butter, shea butter, jojoba oil, and rice bran oil—this balm turns painfully chapped lips soft on the spot.

Lip Balm
By Terry Baume de Rose Lip Balm

This beauty editor favorite is formulated with ceramides and shea butter that help repair lips' natural moisture barrier, addressing the problem for the long term instead of just temporarily. It also layers well with lipstick, keeping lips moisturized without causing it to slip and slide around.

Lip Balm
Carmex Lip Balm

An oldie but a goodie, this iconic formula (which contains petrolatum, menthol, and camphor) has been soothing cracked lips for almost 80 years. One application, and it's no surprise why we keep going back to it every winter.

Lip Balm
Eos Lip Balm Smooth Sphere

These 99 percent natural lip balms are as cute as they are effective and fit nicely in the palm of your hand. The balm feels superlight but keeps lips smooth and hydrated thanks to jojoba oil, shea butter, and vitamin E.

Lip Balm
Korres Lip Butter

It's as rich and creamy as the name suggests, which is precisely what makes this a coveted editor favorite. That, and the fact the gorgeous tints provide the perfect dose of color without skimping on moisture.

Lip Balm
Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

"I love this by way of my boyfriend. He has a tube in every room in our apartment, which is so convenient because whenever I see one I'll just grab it and run a swipe over my lips (OK, that also makes me lazy, but I prefer "efficient"). It's just a simple, nice lip balm. And between my dad, brother, boyfriend, and guy friends, it's pretty much the unanimous favorite for dudes because it's zero percent shiny and doesn't taste like candy."
—Lexi Novak

Lip Balm
Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Lip Balm

"I'm obsessed with Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Lip Balm. It's insanely moisturizing, with just the right amount of pigment and shine. And when I'm in a pinch (or looking sallow), I dot it on the tops of my cheekbones and in the inner corners of my eyes for a fresh, more-awake look."
—Lauren Caruso, senior digital editor

Lip Balm
Vaseline Lip Therapy in Cocoa Butter

"This is a cocoa butter–infused version of their Lip Therapy—supposedly it comes in a big size, but I've only ever found the miniature jar. Either way, it's fantastic. It has slightly more heft than just straight-up Vaseline, and it doesn't melt down and feel oily the way the original version does. I keep one stashed in my living room because I need a lip balm within reach at all times."
—Lauren Hubbard, researcher

Lip Balm
Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm

"This lime-scented balm is as shiny as a gloss, so it's great as a last step in your makeup routine. Not only is it really nourishing, but it's also incredibly slippery, which feels awesome on dry, parched lips."
—Sophia Panych, digital beauty editor

Lip Balm
Maybelline New York Baby Lips

The youthful packaging looks like something your teenage self would freak over. But the silky texture, stick-free shine, and dose of SPF protection is something our adult selves get equally excited about.

Lip Balm
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm

"Makeup artists love this balm for their male clients because it's exceptionally hydrating but doesn't leave any shine behind. After hearing that, I had to give it a try, and of course now I'm hooked. I use it when I'm wearing a bold lipstick. I put it on before I start my makeup and let it settle as I apply base, blush, and eye makeup. Once I'm ready for lipstick, my mouth is perfectly prepped."
—Sophia Panych

Lip Balm
Smith's Rosebud Salve

In addition to being insanely hydrating, this rose-scented salve has the slightest hint of pink, making it one of the easiest way to boost your natural lip color if you're going for a no-makeup makeup look. Makeup artist Diane Kendal keeps tins of the stuff in her kit at all times.

Lip Balm

"I literally have the giant tub of this in my bathroom. I put it on my elbows and knees in the winter, it takes super-stubborn makeup off—I use it for everything. And that includes a lip balm. It's not the sexiest, but it really soaks into chapped skin."
—Lexi Novak

Lip Balm
John Masters Organics Lip Calm

"I try to make sure the balms I use are healthy and natural since I'm constantly putting them on, you know, my mouth. I have tubes of this stuff everywhere: my apartment, the office, my boyfriend's house, the bottom of the laundry bin when it falls out of my pockets. It's incredibly nourishing, leaves lips feeling super-soft, and has a fresh, citrusy scent that's not too overpowering."
—Sophia Panych

Lip Balm
Blistex Lip Medex

"This lip balm is no-frills, but so legit. One light swipe is the perfect lipstick primer, but you can pile it on thick for protection from harsh winter winds and freezing temperatures. I have one in my purse, one on my vanity, and one at my desk at all times. It's kind of minty, so it feels extra soothing."
—Kristie Dash, assistant editor

Lip Balm
Apivita Lip Care

"I love this lip balm because every swipe feels like a total luxury. The blend of beeswax, jojoba esters, cocoa and shea butters, and rich avocado, castor, balsam, and olive oils leaves my ragged lips almost comically silky, and there's zero stick factor. A week-long rafting trip in Montana was actually almost ruined for me one summer, all because this balm popped out of my raft on day two!"
—Anne Bauso, assistant digital editor

Lip Balm
Dior Crème de Rose Soothing Plumping Lip Balm

The silky formula feels divine on lips and leaves a gorgeous sheen without a hint of stickiness. We don't always love dipping our fingers into a pot, but this one is so smooth we rub the excess from our lips over our cuticles for good measure.

Lip Balm
La Mer The Lip Balm

It's a bit extravagant for an everyday lip product ($55, to be exact), but the marine extracts do a heck of a job healing severely parched lips in record time. Reserve the little pot as a nighttime treatment and lips will be soft and lush by morning—and remain that way all day long.

Lip Balm
Drunk Elephant Lippe Lip Balm

"This cute little guy is short and squat, so the shape is more like a glue stick than a typical lip balm. The natural formula contains peptides along with a bunch of different moisturizing oils, so in theory it should also ward off signs of aging in addition to keeping lips hydrated. I also like it because it's lightweight and fairly matte, so your lips don't end up looking weirdly glossy."
—Stephanie Saltzman

Lip Balm
Glossier. Balm Dotcom

Editors are obsessed with this do-it-all salve for its chic packaging and its ability to soothe dry, chapped anything—lips, cuticles, elbows, heels, you name it.

Lip Balm
RMS Beauty Lip & Skin Balm

This little white pot was created by makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift, whose celebrity clientele includes a lineup of former Victoria's Secret bombshells (Gisele Bündchen, Miranda Kerr, Karolina Kurkova). It can't exactly promise Angel status, but the organic coconut oil balm will keep parched lips soft and supple all day long.

Lip Balm
The Honest Co. Lip Balms

"These are cute little balms that come in a variety of yummy scents, including sweet orange vanilla and lavender mint. I like that they're natural, inexpensive, and great for reapplication throughout the day. They're effective but don't make you feel like you just made out with sealing wax."
—Stephanie Saltzman

Tinted Lip Balm
Fresh Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment

These pretty tinted balms are a beauty editor staple, and it isn't hard to understand why. They feel rich and moisturizing on lips, and depending on swipe strength, the color can range from a sheer tint to a juicier, more saturated sheen.

Tinted Lip Balm
Jane Iredale Lipdrink Lip Balm in Buff

The formula may be as hardworking as a medicated balm, but the dusty rose tint is as pretty and pigmented as some of our favorite sheer lipsticks.

Tinted Lip Balm
Hurraw Black Cherry Tinted Lip Balm

"These lip balms are like the ones from your childhood—hydrating, delicious, colorful—except they come in flavors you appreciate now: earl grey, coffee bean, black cherry. And the fact that they're organic, vegan, and cruelty-free is just a sweet bonus."
—Jenna Rosenstein, beauty writer

Lip Balm & Eye Cream
La Prairie Anti-aging Eye and Lip Perfection á Porter

Quite possibly the chicest of the bunch, with a price tag and white leather case to prove it. Pop open the bottom compartment and find a shiny balm that gives lips gorgeous shine and keeps them feeling hydrated for hours. Then open the top compartment to reveal a velvety eye cream-gel that melts into skin so seamlessly you can dab it on over makeup for an instant lift.

Lip Balm & Lip Scrub
Frank Body Lip Scrub and Lip Balm Duo

A combination of ground coffee beans and raw sugar makes this scrub a treat for your lips—and your taste buds, because yes, you can lick the all-natural stuff right off. Coat newly buffed lips with the thick, ointment-like balm, and lips are coddled and protected despite the wind chill factor.

Lip Scrub
Marlonda Currie Brown Sugar Lip Exfoliator

"It smells delicious, and it's the only thing that gets the dry flakes off my lips. Plus, the oil left behind really soaks in to moisturize. And I swear it makes my lips temporarily plumper."
—Lexi Novak

Lip Scrub
Sara Happ Lip Scrub Sparkling Pink Grapefruit

"There is nothing that drives me crazy like my lips feeling dry and flaky. When it gets really bad I use a washcloth or a toothbrush in the shower to gently scrub away flakes, but I try to avoid that by using a lip scrub regularly. Sara Happ has been my go-to for a while. She has a lot of great flavors, but I like Sparkling Pink Grapefruit the best."
—Sophia Panych

Lip Scrub
Julep Buff Lip Scrub

This convenient wand takes a lip scrub, which is traditionally in a messy pot, and neatly packages it in a twist-up pen. The shea-butter-and-sugar-crystals formula gently buffs away dry, flaky patches, making lips silky smooth. Bonus: a sweet, fruity scent that tastes just as good as it smells.

Lip Scrub
Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub

"I swear, this scrub really tastes like popcorn and makes my lips extra smooth. You can even lick it off after because it has all-natural vegan ingredients."
—Shyema Azam, researcher

Lip Balm & Lip Mask
Kaplan MD Perfect Pout Lip Mask + Balm Duo

This lip-loving duo will transform a cracked, dry mouth in minutes. The mask is spiked with papaya enzymes to gently dissolve flakes, and marine collagens add plumpness. Wipe away after five to ten minutes and seal in moisture with the softening balm.

Lip Mask
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

"I'm a big fan of Bite's Agave Lip Mask—it's heavy-duty enough that I can put some on before I go to bed and my lips will still be nice and moisturized when I wake up in the morning."
—Lauren Hubbard

Lip Treatment
Miss Spa Deep Wrinkle Hydrogel Lip Treatment

Here's one that's perfect for an at-home spa day because it requires some patience—you have to carefully adhere the jelly film to lips and let it sit for 45 minutes. But if you're able to hold out (and let the caviar extract and sodium hyaluronate do their work), you'll have a plumped, hydrated pout to show for it.

Lip Treatment
Josie Maran Argan Lip Treatment

We're suckers for the adorable mini pot, but really it's what's inside that counts. The main ingredient is argan oil, so it's incredibly moisturizing, and it has a delicious fruity scent that isn't the least bit cloying. One swipe over lips makes them feel impeccably smooth, and with repeated use you'll notice flakes start to disappear for good (or at least until you stop using it).

Lip Treatment
Nivea A Kiss of Recovery Medicated Lip Repair

The smooth bullet glides over lips and leaves a faint tingle that reminds you it's working. Throw it in every coat pocket to relieve painful winter chapped-ness with one swipe. Plus, that soft, conditioned feel lasts considerably longer than most other balms.

Home Remedies for Dark Lips

There’s no doubt—naturally rosy lips are an appealing feature of a woman’s beauty or a man’s good looks. So, many people who have dark lips want to lighten them.

Some of the main causes of dark lips are excessive exposure to direct sunlight, an allergic reaction, use of low-quality cosmetics, chewing tobacco, excessive smoking, high caffeine intake, and hormonal imbalances.

There are many ways to lighten dark lips that don’t require buying expensive products or treatments. Natural home remedies can effectively lighten your lips. The time it takes for these remedies to work varies, so use them as long as needed to achieve the results you want.

1. Lemon

Lemon is often used to treat dark skin patches and spots, and you can use it to naturally lighten dark lips, too. The bleaching property in lemon works well as a simple yet powerful remedy for dark lips.

Squeeze a lemon and apply the juice on your lips before going to bed. Follow this simple remedy daily for one to two months.
Take a thin slice of lemon, sprinkle a bit of sugar on top and rub it on your lips. It will exfoliate dead cells so new, fresh skin can appear. Use this remedy daily for a few weeks.
Alternatively, you can prepare a mixture of one-half teaspoon each of lemon juice, glycerin and honey. Apply it on your lips before going to bed. Do this daily until you see positive results.

2. Rose

Rose has three main medicinal properties: soothing, cooling, and moisturizing. Rose will also help add a natural pink tint to your dark lips.

Mix one drop of rose water with a few drops of honey and apply it on your lips. Do this three or four times a day.
Mix one tablespoon of rose petal paste and one teaspoon of butter, honey, or milk cream. Apply it on your lips and gently scrub. Follow this remedy two times a week.
Soak a few rose petals in raw milk for one hour, and then grind the mixture to make a paste. Add one-half teaspoon of honey and a pinch of saffron to it. Apply the paste on your lips and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Do this two times a day.

3. Olive Oil

Olive oil can also be used to make your lips lively and vibrant. Olive oil contains many essential nutrients to nurture your lips and its moisturizing property will make them soft and beautiful.

Apply a few drops of extra virgin olive oil on your lips and massage it gently. Do this daily before going to bed.
Alternatively, mix one-half teaspoon of sugar and a few drops of extra virgin olive oil. Scrub your lips gently with this mixture once a week. This simple recipe will restore your natural lip color and shine within a month or two.

4. Sugar

Exfoliating your lips regularly will remove dead skin cells that can make them look dark and dull. Sugar works as a great exfoliating agent.

Blend three tablespoons of granulated sugar and two tablespoons of butter to make a thick paste. Scrub your lips gently with the paste. Do this once a week to restore your natural lip color and shine.
You can also make a scrub by mixing one teaspoon of granulated sugar, one teaspoon of honey, and one-half teaspoon of almond oil. Use it to scrub your lips once a week.
Alternatively, you can simply mix some sugar with cold cream and use it to scrub your lips gently before going to bed. Do this once a week.

5. Beetroot

Another readily available ingredient that can help you get pink lips is beetroot. Beetroot has natural bleaching properties that can lighten dark lips.

Apply fresh beetroot juice on your lips before going to bed. Wash it off the next morning. The natural red color of the juice will turn your dark lips rosy. Do this daily before going to bed.
You can mix equal amounts of beetroot juice and carrot juice and apply it on your lips. Massage gently and leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Do this once daily for a week or two.

6. Pomegranate

Pomegranate is ideal for treating dark lips. It can nourish and moisturize dry and dehydrated lips as well as help restore their natural pink color.

Mix together one tablespoon of crushed pomegranate seeds and a little milk cream and rose water. Apply this paste on your lips and gently scrub for a few minutes.Wash it off with lukewarm water. Do this once daily.
Mix equal amounts of pomegranate juice, beetroot juice and carrot juice. Apply it on your dark lips once daily.