Preventing Chapped Lips

Beauty Healthy Lips Lip Care

The delicate skin on your lips always deserves special care. Weather, in general, can be tough on your skin and it can be challenging to figure out what to use and when to use it. For instance, even in winter, you should be using sunscreen on the exposed parts of your skin because UV rays exist even on overcast days. Other elements also play into what you should be using to protect your lips from chap. When you go to the beach, you need to protect against the most obvious "chappers' which are sun and sand, but also, the salty water, even when you are not in it, will dry your skin out.

Why Do Lips Chap?

Graphic of a mouth, wearing red lipstick, biting lower lip; Credit: Tess via PixabayUnlike the skin on the rest of your body, the skin on your lips is thinner and more delicate. They are more regularly and directly exposed to the elements, compared to the skin of the rest of your body. Most importantly, they are void of oil glands like other parts of the skin, making them more susceptible to drying out and chapping.

What Can I Do About My Chapped Lips?

Once lips become chapped, there are multiple measures you can take to soothe and smooth chapped lips and keep them healthy all year.

Tips To Treat And Prevent Chap


Keep your lips hydrated from the inside and the outside. Dehydration will make your lips feel dry. Drinking plenty of water is good for you and your skin…all of it. Airconditioning and heaters can cause indoor air to be very dry. Dry air will definitely dry your lips out, so make sure to use a humidifier.

Keep Your Tongue In Your Mouth

When your lips are dry, it’s natural to want to lick them to make them feel moist, which is not a feeling that lasts very long. When the saliva dries, it makes your lips feel even drier which means licking lips even more. Also, saliva contains enzymes that are meant to aid in the digestion of food. When you lick your lips you are depositing this on your lips which will make them feel even more chapped.

Resist, Resist, Resist

It may take a lot of willpower to resist the satisfying feeling of pulling dry skin off of your lips. DON'T DO IT! It will only make matters worse. Treat chapped lips immediately and correctly. Treat severe peeling and cracking right away. If you let chapped lips go untreated, they will become worse and before you know it, all  you'll want to do is pull and peel all that skin right off.

Choose The Right Repair

What you put on your lips matters. When shopping for the right lip balm, check the labels. Use lips balms containing petrolatum, essential oils or glycerin. These help absorb moisture and lock it in, helping heal chapped lips. Avoid lip balms with camphor, eucalyptus and menthol. These ingredients will provide a very tempting tingle to the lips but  they will ultimately dry lips out. Use lip balms containing sunscreen because the sun is always shining and can still cause sunburn on your lips even on overcast days. 

How To Prevent Chapped Lips

The best remedy for chapped lips is prevention. You can prevent chapped lips if you take the basic steps to ensure that they are protected from UV rays, the elements, and even something as simple as excessive lip licking. Choosing the right lip balm is the first step.

Adding lip protection to your morning and bedtime beauty regimen will help prevent lip chapping. Lip balm is particularly beneficial at bedtime because many people tend to sleep with their mouths open which can seriously dry out your lips.

There is no question that lip balm, especially one with sunscreen in it, should be used when heading outside.

Preventive Measures Are Key

Preventive Measures 101 Lip Balms contain the moisture-friendly ingredients, petrolatum, glycerin and essential oils. Our products do not contain the chap-inducing ingredients camphor, eucalyptus and menthol. Our SPF30 lip balm contains sunscreen so we highly recommend Preventive Measures 101 Lip Balms to prevent or repair chapped lips.

Say Goodbye To The Re-Apply

Our lip balms are the only ones on the market with a moisture release technology that provides continual moisturizing without having to keep applying lip balm. Instead of giving you just a burst of moisture at the time you apply the lip balm, Preventive Measures 101 lip balms rely on the constant movement of your lips through actions like talking, laughing, and smiling to continually release the moisturizing properties onto your lips.

With so many lip balms on the market, we made it easy for you to pick one that does the job of moisturizing, giving you Healthy Sexy Lips 24/7!!

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  • Jo Ann Bell en

    I discovered Preventative Measures lip balm years ago from an IPSY order. I have been ordering and using your lip balm ever since! I also have purchased the sunscreen lip balm and it saved my lips while vacationing at the beaches of Mexico. I have been giving the lip balms for gifts every year to family and friends. Thanks for the great lip product!!

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