Lately, my lips are chapped beyond belief. As in, skin-peeling, bleeding chapped. I've been slathering on balms 24/7, but to no avail- each morning, I wake up and they're still in terrible, painful shape. Have you ever had this problem? What's your remedy?
Nadarine, I can definitely feel your pain, as my dry skin makes me prone to chapped lips, especially during the colder months. Luckily, I've been able to stave off dry lips for a long time, due to diligent lip balm use. Every morning when I wake up and right before I go to bed at night I slather on Aquaphor, which I've found to be the strongest, most effective body and lip moisturizer on the planet (even the most blistered chapped lips won't stand a chance). Then throughout the day I keep a tiny tub of Blistex's Lip Medex in my purse, because I like the tingly feeling it gives in addition to being super moisturizing. I have a habit of licking my lips unconsciously, which adds to their natural dryness, so I find myself reapplying this every couple of hours or so, but I think the average person would need to reapply far less.
I think that when your lips heal, it's a good idea to exfoliate them regularly. I've heard that people brush their lips with a toothbrush, but that sounds way too harsh to me. Every few days I put on a heavy balm like Aquaphor, let it sit for a few minutes and then gently rub it off with a paper towel (a warm washcloth would work well too). This gets off any flakies and helps lipstick go on more smoothly.
I'd also recommend wearing a balm even when your lips aren't super dry, just to prevent this kind of problem from occuring again. Even if it's just once in the morning and once at night, it will help your lips stay soft and moisturized. If you find that you're still experiencing severe chapped lips even when you use balm, experiment to see if one of your lipsticks or glosses might be drying, or if your dryness may be the result of an allergy. In that case, you might also want to consider seeing a dermatologist to check to see that it isn't a symptom of a more serious condition.
Anyone else have tips for Nadarine? What's your favorite lip balm?
Wednesday, October 24, 2007