Excerpted from iVillage.com
“When the temperature drops, lips get dry. You can’t just hide ’em behind lipstick and lip gloss… a red or pink mouth with splits and dead skin on it? So not sexy. Chapped lips are not just unsightly, they can become painful — cracking and bleeding — if not treated properly. Use lip balm, you suggest? Beauty pros point out that it won’t do the trick. In fact, lip balm might be the very chapped-lip culprit because it actually keeps moisture out. What’s a girl to do?
I turned to the experts and was surprised to learn that some of my own lip-caring methods are what’s making them worse!
The Chapped Lips Do’s and Don’ts
Don’t lick your chapped lips, says Wendy Lewis, founder and editor in chief of Beauty In the Bag. “Licking your lips damages the protective barrier because your saliva contains digestive enzymes that can break it down and dry your lips out.”