Post # 1
Hey ladies, need some suggestions…
I have always suffered from dry, chapped, cracking lips. Of course with the weather right now & all the running around I’m doing, my lips are a MESS. It’s to the point where I won’t even be able to wear lipstick on my wedding day since my bottom lip is cracking and bleeding. 🙁 My first kiss is going to be painful! 🙁
I feel like I’ve tried all the standard drugstore brands of lip balm plus a few pricier options. Anyone have a home remedy or a brand of balm that they swear by?
Post # 3
I swear by C.O. Bigelow’s rosebud salve. It comes in a tin and you have to apply it with your finger, which I don’t normally like to do, but it is awesome. Smells great and really moisturizes my lips. Smith’s rosebud salve is also good.
Post # 4
Mine are bad, too. I keep cracking them when I smile. I used a toothbrush to brush my lips and get rid of the scalies. Fresh new skin, kinda soft and a little tender, but it’s not chipping so bad. After 3 days of fervently applying vaseline on my lips (a super thick coat on at night, gross i know) and keeping a pot at my desk, my lips feel a million times better. I don’t have any skin to pick off my lips right now. I’ve never had any luck with lip balms but vaseline seems to be my go-to in super harsh weather.
Post # 5
At nightime i really recommend slathering on the petroleum jelly. I think that may help a little!
But my Fiance has the same problem. his lips are always cracking and peeling…poor guy
Post # 6
I use palmer’s cocoa butter with Vit E during the day and an old ointment called Mentholatum at night. In the morning I lightly graze over my lips with a soft toothbrush to slough off dry skin.
Post # 7
I would definitely suggest Vaseline and exfoliating your lips (like @ejs4y8). The exfoliating (or brushing) gets rid of all the dead stuff and the Vaseline is super moisturizing! You can even get a small pot of it to keep in your purse.
Post # 8
I slather on Aquaphor before I go to bed, and use the lemon lip balm from Bath & Body Works during the day.
Post # 9
Mine are horrible! I keep chapstick in my pocket at ALL times and put it on when it wears off. I like the lip tint chapstick so I use the chapstick brand, or most recently I’ve used softlips lip tint…I love it! It keeps my lips un-chapped. But, God forbid that I forget it one day…my lips are so cracked & I’d picked it completely off so it’s even worse!
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
This might be super obvious, but have you tried upping your water intake? And I second the recommendation for Rose Salve.
Post # 11
Vasaline. It works miracles!!! You put a glob of it on your lips before bed, and then thinnly throught the day (vasaline makes lip stuff so its easier to carry!) and your lips will be so much better. mine get the same way in the winter and when i get colds.
Post # 12
I use Aquaphor when things get really bad! I think its near the lotions, not the chapsticks. I also use palmers cocoa butter stick (looks like a glue stick!) which is also in the lotion section. The Aquaphor will help heal the cracking and you can not only use it on your lips but also any other areas of skin that are dry and cracking
Post # 13
Thanks for all the responses.
I definitely exfoliate when they’re all flaky. Vasalene doesn’t seem to do it for me… Others that I’ve tried but haven’t solved the issue: Burts Bees, Chapstick, Aquaphor, Carmex, Blistex, CO Bigelow’s My Favorite Lip Balm, and dozens more. 🙁
I’m going to try the Cocoa butter option.
For the rose salve – does it smell alot like roses/rosewater? I don’t know why, but I cannot stand the rose fragrance (except when it’s coming from fresh flowers). I may have to suck it up though…
I do drink plenty of water & have been taking all my vitamins and all that good stuff… Sigh. Thanks again for all the awesome suggestions. 🙂
Post # 14
@Miss Meepsie – Rose salve does smell a lot like rosewater to me….you might want to try and smell it before you buy it then 🙂
Post # 15
half the chapsticks on the market don’t work – they cause your lips to dry out. Especially the ones with mint – you just keep applying because your lips are dry, but your lips are dry because you keep applying this junk chapstick. I use aquaphor – on my lips, cuticles, dry skin, whatever. Have a huge tub on my desk. Works and doesn’t taste disgusting. I also exfoliate with a toothbrush. Supposedly you should slap it on your lips before you go to sleep so you have it soaking in all night.. I may try that soon, since the weather in FL is miserable lately.
Post # 16
C.O. Bigelow makes a lip buffer. It has little beads that you rub on your lips to exfoiliate, and when you rinse it off it has a moisterizing balm left on.