Winter is rough, but it's particularly hard on your lips. Because the skin on your mouth is super thin, it's more vulnerable to the elements than the rest of your face. Add to that the bad habit of licking your lips, and you've got the makings for a dry, cracked, flaky situation. If you've already reached that point or want to avoid it, check out some of my favorite lip treatments.
And forget what you've heard about balm addiction because it's a straight up lie. Regular usage won't turn you into a junkie, but it can help prevent any of that aforementioned nastiness.
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The Carica Papaya-based salve is a favorite among editors, models, and people who know what’s up. It usually comes in rather large tube but is now available in a mini version that comes with a lip applicator.
The oil-based treatment is good for those who like instant and delayed gratification: It treats chapping with 14 essential oils and various vitamins, plus improves the health of your lips with plant extracts and peptides.