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Real talk: Dry lips are the absolute worst. Ugh, seriously. But you don’t have to grin and bear it. There are steps you can take to keep your pout as soft and smooth-looking as possible. Grab a notebook because you’ll want to these six tips handy the next time your lips feel dry!
Whether it’s a force of habit or you truly believe that licking your lips can help, it’s time to make a resolution to stop doing it. Why, you ask? Well, it turns out that licking your lips is one of the worst things you can do. Sure, it’ll give you some temporary relief, but licking your lips can actually cause your kisser to dry out more. Yikes.
This may sound silly, but hear us out: Since breathing through your mouth can produce moisture much like licking your lips, something as simple as breathing through your nose can help keep your lips from becoming dry—especially during the frigid winter months. (We know, this might take some time to get used to!)
If you have dead skin cells on the surface of your lips, this could prevent any conditioners from being able to efficiently do their thing. So, slough away any buildup by exfoliating your pucker every once in a while, to leave it feeling fresh and looking smoother.
Right after you exfoliate, you should apply a hydrating lip balm. Consider opting for one formulated with nourishing oils and broad spectrum SPF. (You may not have realized this, but the sun can dry out your pout and even burn it.)
While matte lips are totally on-trend right now, you may have to swap them out for a more moisturizing option, since some matte formulas can sometimes by drying. This is especially a good idea in the winter, when the dry air can do a number on your skin. So, reach for a product like a glossy balm or a lipstick with a creamy texture like the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolor. This lipstick is formulated with vitamin E, argan oil, and Omega 3.
One way to dry out your lips is by coating them with irritants and allergens. If your skin is sensitive to begin with, avoid products with fragrances or dyes in them.