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Winter Beauty: Chapped Lips

November 13, 2013

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As much as we love winter and playing in the snow, the weather outside wreaks havoc on our lips! The cold temperatures, indoor heat and lack of moisture in the air makes it even more important for you to take care to moisturize your lips more often than in the warmer months. Chapped lips are uncomfortable and unsightly but the more you take care of your lips, the less you have to worry about this winter skin woe. That being said, not all lip balms are created equal. Ever keep applying a lip balm to find that your lips are not only still chapped but somehow are getting even dryer?! That’s a telltale sign that you need to switch to something more moisturizing and soothing! Check out our gallery of the best lip balms for winter! What’s your favorite lip balm?

Lip Balm 101

If your lips are extremely chapped, you might need to exfoliate them a bit before you apply lip balm. Don’t use regular scrubs that you would use for your face - the skin on your lips is very sensitive and if you overdo the scrubbing it will take away the layer of natural oils that your lips naturally produces. If you must exfoliate, use a damp warm washcloth and gently massage your lips while they are wet. It’s not really necessary to use a specific scrub for your lips! Avoid lip balms that are waxy in texture - these are not good at moisturizing and you’ll find that you will have to reapply too often. Look for cream, petroleum-based lip balms with essential oils like almond oil, cocoa butter and shea butter. An added bonus if it has an SPF built in for extra protection.

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Tinted and Flavored Lip Balms

Some of our favorite lip balms now come in a tinted version - so you get a slight hint of rose color while moisturizing your lips at the same time! It’s a good idea to stay away from lip glosses that are too heavily fragranced during the winter months as they can be very drying. Tinted lip balms are a great replacement and some of them have just as much shine as a lipgloss! Nivea now makes a cherry and a strawberry lip tint that gives the perfect rosy flush and you can’t go wrong with Korres Lip Butter which comes in 6 different shades from berry red to pale pink! Some moisturizing lip balms also come in such delicious flavors like coconut frosting, pink guava, and chocolate mint. Yum!

Keep those lips moisturized!Keep those lips moisturized!
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