10 Tips for Battling Dry Lips


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Balms: Serious Lip Service
Find a balm that pleases your lips, and you'll have relief the next time a dry spell settles in.
Find a balm that pleases your lips, and you'll have relief the next time a dry spell settles in.
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What anti-dry lip arsenal would be complete without a lip balm of some sort? Lip balms can bring a smile to even the sorest dry lips; they build a barrier between your lips' mucus membranes and the outside world, helping lock must-have moisture in.

Remember to apply just a thin coat of lip balm -- don't gob it on, because that might tempt you to lick off the excess and we already learned why that was a bad idea. Also, it's important to get a lip balm of at least SPF 15. Lips are very sensitive to the sun, so they need lots of protection from it. Otherwise, chapping can just get worse.