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Winter Beauty: Chapped Lips

Nov 13, 2013

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.

Dylan’s Candy Bar Retreat Lip Saver Stackable (4), $7.50, at Sephora.comDylan’s Candy Bar Retreat Lip Saver Stackable (4), $7.50, at Sephora.com

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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astucieuse331
astucieuse331 posted in Friends:
I've always felt the same way. My one best friend gossiped behind my back, used me, all that girl stuff. She took me for advantage and we had a bunch of fights because of her finding a new friend and completely acting as if I didn't exist, and I told her to give me at least some attention every once in a while if she can't even continue to talk to me daily. And.. I lost her. Well, she lost me. We both lost each other. But then I realized.. it's the people that you least expect to be nice to you you'll find kindness in. Why? Based on personal experience, and I'll tell you the story: For my gym class, me and my peers were supposed to make a group for a dance. This was when my best friend had found a new friend already, and the time at which we had a few fights because of that. Of course, I relied on my best friend to count me in her dance group. At lunchtime, I sat together with my best friend, and we ate our lunches in silence. All of a sudden, I brought up the dance groups and asked her straightforwardly: "Can I join your group?" No reply. "Kelly, can I join your group?" No reply. "I mean, since our class is uneven, I found it fair that there'd be a group of five, you know?" None at all. Kelly ignored me straight off the bat, leaving me speechless. My mind raced with thoughts, and I thought, maybe it's not worth having Kelly as a friend. A few days later, we were playing Dodgeball for gym. I was on Kelly's team, and overheard her talking with her new friends about who to pick for the dance group. One of her friends mentioned me, and Kelly said: "Oh no, we shouldn't pick her because _____ (I don't know what she said then)." I was shocked, but was anticipating it, so when the time came to choose groups, I saw my friend, Luke, ask two girls, Cher and Bridgette, to join their group. Surprisingly, Cher and Bridgette actually accepted him, and so I thought, "Wow, if they accepted Luke, they might accept me aswell!" and so built up the courage to ask them if I could join. Even though Cher and Bridgette were mean to me sometimes, I knew that I had to risk it and see what'd happen. Afterall, rejection is just another opportunity to find a better group. Little did I know, it'd be the best choice of my life. They were so happy, and even thanked me for joining them! I was speechless once more; I never knew that the peers that I thought I would never be friends with would actually be my friends!  So yeah, that's what I learnt, and I never regretted learning that fact. Ever since then, though, I've learnt not to trust people as much as I used to anymore. I learnt that independency is what works for me, what I was meant for in terms of socializing or working. But, other things may work for you. If you still want a friend, you can be independent and wait for the right person. However, if you still want a real friend, you can wait, but still mingle (hang out) with other people! I I'm not going to make fun of you because I know how you've felt, just as I stated in my past problem before. But you can move on from those friends, they're not worth your time and certainly don't deserve you as a friend. Trust me, if it's meant to be, you'll definitely find a true friend. But if it's not, you may become like me, finding happiness in my own way. I want to remind you though-- you don't need someone to stay happy, or keep you company. This may sound silly, but you can even have your own invisible friends! I've had one, but that's very rarely for me. It's not silly though if you see the general idea; usually these friends are made from different dimensions of your personality or just because of will. There's a lot more fish in the sea, though, so I'm sure you'll find a true friend that's meant for you  :) Take care, and I hope you'll find a true friend soon!
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ts01
ts01 posted in Friends:
im so sorry you girls feel that way.true friends are there, its just easier to find users because they are more plentiful. dont give up, you will find real friends eventually
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lolflowergirl
lolflowergirl posted in Friends:
i feel alone too
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kayme123
kayme123 posted in Friends:
i know the feeling. but i got taken off a website instead of my friends. i can assure you they probably feel the same and are missing you, BUT its not worth dwelling over it. friends come and go without any choice in life and trust me, i lost the love of my life and my two of the best friends in the world. The thing is, you have to move on, because they wouldent want you feeling sad over them right? they'd want you to be the happy person you were when you were with them! for starters, i'll be your friend so your not scared to make some new ones. To be honest, i went through the exact same thing as you did and it DOES hurt very bad. But once you find some people that are willing to make you feel better, you know you've chosen the right friends again
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Irene_love
Irene_love posted in Style:
"1.am.3m0" wrote:Hey. Im also turning 15 soon. So dont worry you arent alone hahah. Start dressing for your shape and also find whats comfortable.  Because if you wear something that is uncomfortable you wont be happy and happiness is the best look :) Most of the time I wear jeans with a graphic tshirt or singlet and a cardigan or light jacket. Hoodies are great for winter. And I wear combat boots like doc martins and converse. Hope I helped somehow! :)
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