Email Print RSS Share 1. Are you exfoliating your lips with your face scrub? You might think sloughing off dry skin helps, but it actually breaks down the barrier needed to lock in moisture.
2. Do you use the right lip balm? Choose one that’s petroleum-based (like Aquaphor Healing Ointment, $5.99) since wax-based formulas offer less protection; slather it on two times a day.
3. Are you using a lip product with drying ingredients? Cinnamates, which scent lip plumpers, can cause irritation. Switch to a fragrance-free gloss — shine will create a fuller pout sans the drying effect.
4. Are you feeling stressed out? People tend to bite and lick their lips when they’re stressed, causing them to get even dryer. Try to resist the habit, and drink plenty of water to keep your skin and lips hydrated.