Having dry cracked lips is one of the most uncomfortable and painful things to have and anyone that has gone through this will know it!
If your skin is dry and loose you need to exfoliate. Use a lip scrub and toothbrush or even some sugar and give them a very light brush. This will help to soften the lips and you can get rid of any excess skin which will allow your lipstick to sit better. Make sure to exfoliate very lightly because the lip skin is really sensitive and can break easily!
I’ve tried every lip balm there is out there and believe me not all work. Some might give you relief temporarily but not actually fix your lips.
My top 3 products to use for dry, cracked lips are;
Image Ormedic Lip Balm
This product is so soft and smells really nice on. It naturally enhances your natural lip contours while adding 40% more moisture to your lips. It also has anti-ageing ingredients which stimulate collagen production so overall it’s worth the price tag. You can find this one here
Elizabeth Arden 8hr Cream
This is one of the best purchases I have ever made, it really helps relive chapped, dry and cracked skin. Not only is it excellent on lips, you can use it around the nose if it’s dry after having a cold or on broken skin around your fingers which is also very common this time of year. It really is an all round product as you can pop it on your elbows or knees too - wherever you tend to get dry skin and it will soothe and work it’s magic!
You can find this here
Blistex MedPlus Repairing Lip Balm
As much as I love Carmex and Dr Paw Paw they don’t actually cure your dry lips they just relieve them, however, this blistex I actually find amazing. I’d actually nearly go as far as saying more effective than the other two at working fast. It’s packed with Jojoba Oil and Cocoa Butter and menthol to cool and soothe. The menthol ingredient does mean it has a strong feeling on which some might find ever so slightly irritating but it works.
This one is readily available in most pharmacies and you can find it here
My tip would be to sleep with lip balm on so that your lips repair overnight - wear a light layer under your lipstick the next day or if you want to avoid wearing lipstick altogether do.
If you are someone who has to wear lipsticks make sure you don’t wear anything too matte, this will only dry your lips out further, the creamier the better!
Hope this helps!