Lips are covered with a thin layer of protective skin called the stratum corneum, but rather than being thick and protective like other skin, this layer is thin and transparent. Lips have practically no oil glands or any other source of natural moisture, so water loss is much higher. In fact, the lips are more prone to dryness than any other area of the face or body.
There are several common causes of chapped lips. For example, when lips become dry, we might lick them to restore moisture and make them feel better for a few moments—we likely don’t even notice we do it. Our tongues of course transfer saliva, which then breaks down the thin protective layer of skin. This can eventually lead to cracks and irritation. Another leading cause of chapped lips is sun damage. While we might be applying sunscreen regularly, it’s easy to skip right over the lips. Low-quality cosmetics, dry, cold weather, certain illnesses and acne medications, such as Accutane can also contribute to chapped lips.
To treat this annoying condition, you need a high-quality lip treatment with intensive emollient benefits. The best lip balms have ingredients like cocoa butter, shea butter, ceramides and glycerin. A low concentration of hydrocortisone can also do wonders when it comes to healing and temporarily soothing severely chapped lips. Contrary to popular belief, you can’t actually get addicted to lip balm, so apply away as needed. You’ll want to be sure to add lip balm to your nightly routine as well, as lips tend to grow drier while we sleep.
At LovelySkin, we’re here to help you explore the best lip balms and lip treatments. Our Customer Care Team is available by phone, email or live chat to recommend the best lip treatments for your needs. Browse our selection of chapped lips formulas, and don’t forget to check out our LovelySkin blog and video section for more helpful skin care tips.