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Dermatologist Recommended Lip Balm: Chapped Lips to Supple Lips

Updated: 3 days ago

Ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you, chapped lips are no joke. They're like the unwanted house guest that just won't leave, no matter how much you try to kick them out. But fear not, my friends, because as a dermatologist, I have all the inside scoop on how to keep your lips soft and supple, even in the dead of winter.

Digital painting of pigmented red and maroon lips

Lip Balm Ingredients

  • Here are some ingredients to avoid I know it can be tempting to go for that spicy cinnamon or minty fresh lip balm, but trust me, it's not worth it. Those flavors are like kryptonite for dry, cracked lips. Stick to fragrance-free, hypoallergenic options, and steer clear of ingredients like camphor, eucalyptus, and menthol.

  • Here are some ingredients to look for There are certain ingredients that can actually help heal those chapped lips of yours. Castor seed oil, ceramides, and shea butter are all great options to look for in a lip balm. Glycerine. Petroleum jelly and hemp oil are also great for lips.

  • And don't forget the sunscreen! Use a lip balm with an SPF of 30 or higher, and reapply every two hours.

Now that we know what we need to look for in lip balms let me share my recommendations.

Best Lip Balm for Men and Women in India

Both men and women can use the lip balms suggested below.

Best Lip Balm for Dark Lips

You cannot get rid of the natural color of your lips. However, if the color of your lips changed due to smoking, sun exposure, contact dermatitis, or due to recurrent lipstick usage, then you may be able to reverse it.

For such cases, you should use Melalumin SPF 15 lip lightener in the morning and Lipzlite at night

Best Lip Balm for Dry Lips and Daily Use

The best lip balm for all lip types and all seasons as per me is Chaptex.

This simple lip balm also provides protection against the sun. So, if you have dry and chapped lips and want something to use on a daily basis, go with Chaptex.

Lip Care Tips

  • It can be hard to resist licking your lips when they're feeling dry but trust me, it'll only make things worse. Saliva evaporates, leaving your lips even drier than before. And please, please, please don't bite or pick at your lips. That's like pouring salt on a wound.

  • Another tip, invest in a humidifier. Dry air can suck the moisture right out of your lips, so by plugging in a humidifier, you'll be adding some much-needed hydration back into the air.

  • And finally, if you've been following all these tips and your lips are still looking like the Sahara desert, it's time to see a dermatologist. Chapped lips can be caused by more than just dry weather, and a board-certified dermatologist can help you figure out what's going on.

So there you have it, folks. Chapped lips don't stand a chance against these tips from yours truly. Go forth, and may your lips be ever soft and supple.

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