This is my friend Sarah and these are her lips. Note how smooth and supple they are.
Every winter my daughter and I suffer from terribly chapped lips. My case is generally mild, but Avery’s lips are horrendous. Chapped lips or Chelities is usually caused by dryness, cold weather, sun/wind exposure or, in my daughter’s case, chronic mouth breathing.
Cracking, flaking, peeling, burning, bleeding and even crusting — chapped lips suck and that ain’t lip service.
Lips normally have a very thin oily film on their surface that provides natural protection against moisture loss. If this film is removed, often due to lip licking or biting, this causes the lips to become chapped. Source
Over the years we’ve tried several moist ointments, salves and creamy emollients. Haha, I just used five of my most despised words in one sentence and cracked myself (and my lips) right up.
No but seriously, we have tried Vaseline, Chapstick, Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, coconut oil and some organic lip butter thing from the health food store. I’ve even smeared butter on my lips out of shear desperation. None of these did much other than to provide temporary relief (and make me crave popcorn).
This is what has worked best for us:
1. Keeping hydrated. Drink as much water as you think you need. Then drink some more.
2. Remembering to stop the lip licking.
3. Resisting the temptation to pull dead skin off my daughter’s lips (sometimes I rub them gently with a warm washcloth, just to remove the loose skin, but not too aggressively).
4. We quite like Polysporin Visible Lip Health (Shopper’s Drug Mart). It’s fairly good and not too expensive. I like the consistency — it’s thick and goes on well and stays put. This is important for us “lip lickers.”
5. But the best treatment we’ve found so far is CERALIP. You can find it in most drug stores for about $15.00. It’s lasts a long time (you need just a dab). It absorbs quickly and it doesn’t have a sheen like some lip balms do — you know, the ones that make you look like you just ate a bucket of fried chicken. CERALIP when applied several times a day, seems to clear up our unfortunate lip situation within 2-3 days.
And this, makes us smile….without bleeding.
By the way, this is NOT a sponsored blog post. I purchased our CERALIP stash with my own dollars. I just thought I’d share what works for us. Also, I told you SarahLips are the best. 😉
How do you deal with chapped lips? Any lip tips you care to share?