Julie, please find me a chapstick that will stop my lips from peeling. This week I had the terrible realization that my 12 tubes of lip balm are not helping.
PS. F*ck you lip balms, for lying to me for years and making me think this was MY fault.
Seriously, my lips have been bleeding for years, help.
Calm down, it's going to be okay. We all suffer from peely lips in the winter and yes, sometimes a bit of bleeding. It's disgusting, I know, especially if you ever have to kiss someone. Try letting go of your lip balm anger. There's a healing product for every ailment and occasion, and you just need to find your best fit.
The key to soft lips is to start with a relatively smooth foundation before applying your balm of choice. You could pick up a special lip exfoliating product to slough off flaky, dry skin, but I like to coat my mouth in Vaseline and massage it with a soft toothbrush instead. Eric says Sandra Bernhard uses the toothbrush method, and she has major lips. You can also rub them with a clean towel. It's up to you.
Once you've gotten rid of the flakes, it's time to cover your newly smooth lips with something soothing and protective. I've tried almost every lip balm on the market -- heavy duty ones with horrible scents, expensive formulas, cheapie drugstore finds -- and the truth is, my favorite varies from day to day and so does Cat's so I had some other xoJaners weigh in on what they love too. Emily chose not to comment because she doesn't believe in balm. Different strokes.
Aquaphor Healing Skin Ointment, $6: As far as I'm concerned, this is the same petroleum-based product as classic Vaseline, and you can't argue with either one (unless you're allergic). Olivia says, "Aquaphor is my choice because along with putting it all over my lips all day, its great for rough spots on my hands and body too!"
Clark's Ultra Rich Lip Balm, $19: You guys, Jane uses this stuff! "It's the right amount of gooey, meaning it stayed on as long as I wanted it to, a little sweet-tasting (which I love), looked a little shiny but not thick-shiny (which I don't love)," she says.
Kiehl's Lip Balm, $7: This is Bryan's balm of choice along with like a million other people because it's Kiehl's Lip Balm, and unless you've been living under a beauty-blocking rock, you've had a fling with this stuff. It coats lips with a thin, hydrating sheen, and is best for those with less dryness.
Smith's Rosebud Salve, $6: "I love rosebud because it smells and looks old school. Who knows if it actually is, but who cares? It makes my thin lips look more luscious and lickable. And it lasts for so long. And you can use it on dry patches of skin and, according the packaging, on 'blemishes'! Yikes," says Madeline.
Dr. Hauschka Lip Balm, $19: This balm is so Eric -- understated, effective, expensive. "I usually use the lip care stick from Dr. H because (as a guy) I don't like my lips to be super shiny, and other lip balm that he does in the pot is more intensive," he says. "I do use the balm in the dead of winter though, when my lips really need help."
EOS Lip Balm Smooth Sphere, $4: This is my current favorite, and a love it for several reasons: The tangerine flavor has anti-bacterial properties, which speaks to how inherently disgusting it is to apply something to your mouth over and over. It's medicated, and glides really seamlessly over even pre-exfoliated lips, unlike some formulas that almost exacerbate the problem. And it's f*cking spherical!
Carmex, $4: Although not pictured above, this is one of Cat's all-time favorite lip products ever. She smears it all over her sexy-baby-Georgia Jagger lips and she has a sort-of boyfriend , so it obviously works.
For the record, I'm currently wearing all of these lip balms at once because Olivia dropped them back on my desk after snapping the picture above. What do you guys use on dry, flaky lips? Did I forget something? I know someone has a weird, edible home remedy that I don't know about. Tell me in the comments!
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