We've all seen it and been victims of it: dry, cracked lips. Between cold air and the moisture-sucking effects of indoor heating, the delicate skin of your lips gets chapped fast. You can keep your lips hydrated and supple all through the Winter with these helpful tips.
Whenever the cooler months come around, men and women alike start reaching for their favorite balms to soothe their chapped lips. Regardless of what kind of lip balm you use, however, you've probably heard of so-called "lip-balm dependency." While you may just love the feeling of swiping that cooling balm over your dry lips, people have gone so far as to suggest that certain balms contain ingredients that actually dry out your lips, making it difficult for you to ever stop using them.
Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, codirector of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington DC, is quick to blow the lid off these rumors. "There is no truth to this at all," she says. "ChapSticks and lip hydrators have waxes or emollients in them to create a barrier to keep lips hydrated." The barrier prevents dryness caused by the elements, so it's practically impossible for balms to actually dry your lips out. So it turns out that lip-balm addiction is only in your head. But excessive dryness could be caused by a bigger issue, so you should check in with your dermatologist if your lips refuse to smooth out.
Lip balm, a cold-weather staple, is surprisingly easy to make at home. Concocting the perfect recipe, though, means creating a balm tailored to your needs. See how you can get it to smell, taste, and feel exactly how you want it — and don't be surprised if you want to whip up lip balm for all of your friends, too. On Kirbie: Topshop.
- Think of a lip conditioner as if it were a primer or base coat. And for extra staying power, sweep over it with a lightly powdered brush, which will also help your lip color to adhere better.
- Use your lip conditioner alone for a subtle sheen. This is especially nice if you're not into glossy finishes.
- Wear overnight as a hydrating treatment, and wake up with a new lease on life.
It's a conversation starter, is so very delectable, and doesn't dry lips out, either. It's also perfect for the recovering sugar addict who likes to keep her lips looking healthy.
Do you go gaga for all-things vintage? Well, you'll definitely love these vintage-inspired pill boxes ($20 to $24), then. Not only are they cute to look at, but within each of the six designs lies a 100 percent natural lip balm made by British-based aromatherapist Andrea Garland. Choose between clear, rich red, or hot pink; refills available for $8 a pop. From the classic to kitschy, they're just the thing you'll need to channel your inner Mad Men style.