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Chapped Lips

Chapped lips are a common problem during the cold winter months, especially for people who spend a lot of time outdoors. Lips that are chapped feel uncomfortable, and they crack and peel. Unfortunately, many people aggravate the problem by repeatedly licking their lips to moisten them. This only makes the problem worse.

What Causes Them?

The most common cause of chapped, cracked lips is dryness. Lips normally have a thin layer of moisture covering them for protection. The cold winds of winter combined with dry indoor heat can remove enough of this protective moisture layer to cause lips to become dry and cracked. Skin in the lip area is also thinner, which predisposes lips to moisture loss.

On the other hand, some medical problems can also cause chronically dry, cracked lips including an underactive thyroid gland, autoimmune diseases, allergies and chronic mouth breathing. Allergies to ingredients in toothpaste can cause problems as well as some medications that dry out the lips and mouth. That’s why it’s a good idea to see a doctor if chapped lips are a persistent problem.

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Treatment

Most people with chapped lips repeatedly lick them to reduce dryness, but saliva contains enzymes that can irritate dry, cracked lips, so it’s a habit you’ll want to break. Saliva also removes moisture from the surface of the lips as it evaporates. This is counterproductive. When the urge to lick your lips strikes, reach for a lubricating lip balm instead.

It’s also a good idea to avoid eating citrus fruits with chapped lips since these acidic foods can cause further irritation. Some chewing gum, candy, and mouthwash contain cinnamates that can also aggravate lips that are dry and chapped. Since ingredients in toothpastes can be a problem, switch to a natural toothpaste. Some lipsticks contain ingredients that can make chapped lips worse. The take-home message? Watch what you put into your mouth and on your lips, especially during times when your lips are chapped.

The elements especially cold, dry winds can aggravate chapped, cracked lips, so it’s important to protect them as much as possible when outdoors. Wear a lip balm that contains a sunscreen or apply a thin layer of sunscreen on your lips before facing the elements. Cover your face and mouth with a heavy scarf to block the wind. Drink plenty of fluids. Hydration helps to replace some of the lost moisture from the inside out, but avoid drinking liquids that are too hot or too cold since these can cause irritation. Use a home humidifier to add moisture to the air if you live or work in a dry environment.

Dry, cracked lips need moisture. During the day, wear a light moisturizing lip balm that’s free of camphor or menthol. These ingredients can irritate dry lips. Choose a balm that contains ingredients with emollient properties such as beeswax, shea butter and natural oils. Make sure it contains a sunscreen, and reapply as often as necessary throughout the day. At night, intensify the treatment by putting a heavier emollient ointment on your lips and turning on the humidifier to reduce dryness in the area where you sleep.

If the problem persists despite treatment, see your doctor. You could have a medical reason for chapped lips or even an allergy to a lipstick or lip product you’re using. Most garden variety chapped, cracked lips improve with moisturizing lip balms and protection against the elements, although the problem may return if you don’t continue to protect and hydrate.

  

Chapped Lips Products

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This true lip care product repairs damaged lips.
$12.00
.14 oz | CP014
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This repairing lip balm is extremely nourishing for damaged lips.
$19.00
15g | NX092
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A colorless lip balm that makes the lips feel like they just had a hydrating drink.
$12.00
4g | JI330
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Ideal for chapped or dried out lips, this product repairs and restores softness.
$9.00
4g | NX093
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Soft, beautiful and oh-so-kissable lips are yours with this lip exfoliator/plumper duo.
$25.00
0.1oz | JI386
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A lip balm in a stick that helps to prevent dry, chapped lips.
$13.95
0.17oz | DK029
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Achieve your puckering potential, organically.
$15.00
0.5oz | JB057
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Relieve dry, cracked lips with this hypo-allergenic balm that locks in moisture.
$12.00
0.3oz | BC053
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This treatment moisturizes, nourishes and protects the lips.
$12.00
0.5oz | FC015
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This exceptional lip treatment provides instant and continual relief to dry, dehydrated, peeling lips.
$24.00
0.5oz | JU062
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Nourish, protect and repair your lips with this vanilla and cinnamon flavored treatment.
$16.00
0.34oz | DC176
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A petroleum-free lip moisturizer for dry cracked lips.
$16.00
0.5oz | PS017
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Protects and moisturizes for sweet, kissable lips.
$15.00
3 x 0.15oz | JB042
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Start fresh. Take it all off.
$12.50
0.13 oz | CR207
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An intensive soothing care for dry, chapped lips.
$16.95
0.14oz | DK028
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Matte, hydrating lip treatment to provide lost lasting moisture.
$10.95
0.5oz | KI013
No Longer Available
Create a dewy sensual pout or dramatic flush for the cheeks.
$31.95
3 x 0.03oz | KI023
No Longer Available
 
Lip treatment provides high protection against sunburn and tanning and for skin highly sensitive to sun.
$23.00
0.5oz | JU079
No Longer Available
 
A stylish way to protect delicate lips.
$18.00
0.2oz | JR015
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Soothes and relieves dry, chapped, irritated lips.
$7.50
0.25oz | JA059
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Soothes and relieves dry, chapped, irritated lips.
$7.50
.25 oz | JA014
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Helps relieve discomfort, leaving lips feeling healthy.
$5.00
YB004
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This sheer pink lip balm provides sun protection while combating free radicals.
$8.50
0.5oz | GQ006
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Leaves lips soft, supple, sexy and kissable.
$20.00
0.4oz | PT143
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This convenient protectant untinted lip balm helps to moisturize, soften and smooth lips.
$21.00
0.13oz | EA048
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This lip repair cream helps to heal severely dry and cracked lips.
$18.00
0.5oz | LP024
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Protect your lips from dehydration with this treatment.
$18.00
0.51oz | MO225
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Supple lips in an instant.
$10.00
0.42oz | SD069
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This cooling lip balm provides high SPF protection while combating free radicals.
$8.50
0.5oz | GQ007
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Transforming care for dry lips.
$16.00
0.15oz | LP053
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Emollient lip care provides immediate relief and protection against chapped, flaky, cracked lips.
$14.00
0.14oz | AE035
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This scientifically advanced formula helps plump lips while improving overall lip health and appearance.
$22.00
0.3oz | PH044
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An all-in-one lip treatment that protects lips from sun damage.
$12.00
0.15oz | CO014
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Hydrates, conditions and protects.
$12.00
.3oz | MF046
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This convenient protectant lip stick helps to moisturize, soften and smooth lips.
$21.00
0.13oz | EA047-D
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This convenient protectant lip stick helps to moisturize, soften and smooth lips.
$21.00
0.13oz | EA047-F
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Get fresh, soft, kissable lips with this repairing lip treatment.
$22.00
0.2oz | EO018
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Nourishes, protects, hydrates and plumps the lips.
$69.00
0.5oz | SY064
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Reveal the beauty of your lips with the Lip Plumping Duo.
$69.50
2 x 0.5oz | PM094
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A rose flavored plumping lip balm with anti-aging stem cell technology.
$24.00
0.35oz | RD107
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Instantly revitalize, rejuvenate and smooth your lips.
$48.00
BS248
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An all-in-one lip treatment that protects lips from sun damage.
$12.00
0.15oz | CO015
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Hydrating and nourishing lip serum activated by the JeNu ultrasound wand.
$22.00
0.47oz | JH003
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An intensely hydrating, tinted lip balm with a softening, non-sticky texture.
$19.00
0.35oz | CG014
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This convenient protectant lip stick helps to moisturize, soften and smooth lips.
$21.00
0.13oz | EA047-B
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Multifunctional advanced formula protects and improves the delicate skin on your lips.
$12.00
.2oz | MS005
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An emollient, moisturizing, sun-protecting lip treatment that can be used all day, everyday.
$19.00
.5oz | BK097
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An intensely hydrating, tinted lip balm with a softening, non-sticky texture.
$19.00
0.35oz | CG010
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