One of the unfortunate side effects of blustery winter weather is that lips get dry, flaky, cracked, and generally uncomfortable.
"That's because lower humidity and colder temperatures dry out skin, and lips are part of the skin system," says Elizabeth Hale, clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine. She has these tips for maintaining soft and healthy lips.
Keep Them Covered
We've all heard it before, but it bears repeating: Wear a good lip balm, and avoid licking your lips, which can cause them to lose moisture, making the problem worse, Hale says. Look for products with conditioning ingredients (such as petrolatum) as well as sunscreen (such as octinoxate). Don't rely on glosses, which actually attract sun.
Deep-Condition While You Sleep
A thicker, more emollient product (such as the kind sold in a squeeze tube) will help repair and soothe lips overnight.
Try These Top Picks
Aquaphor Healing Ointment, $6 for two tubes (or $15 for six)
Nivea A Kiss of Moisture Essential Lip Care, $3 (or $18 for six)
Kiehls Lip Balm SPF 15 in clear, about $10
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick, SPF 15, $17