Despite slathering on lip balm practically every hour of the day, and exfoliating consistently, I still found myself with flaky, dry lips earlier this season. Even if my lips didn’t look too bad bare, I could see all the little patches of skin threatening to peel up as soon as I put lipstick on. I felt super frustrated, and the feeling of scratchy chapped lips was starting to drive me crazy. I was even waking up in the middle of the night to moisturize my lips!
Finally, I discovered two products that completely transformed the way my lips look and feel. They’re both great on their own, but together they made a world of difference for me.
Step 1: Exfoliate with Physicians Formula Organic Wear Lip Polish
First, I started using the Physicians Formula Organic Wear Lip Polish once every other day. This is an effective lip scrub that is still gentle enough for regular use. The formula features raw sugar to remove flakes, plus Organic Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Rosehip Oil to replenish moisture, leaving your lips instantly softer and smoother. It has a balmy consistency so it’s easy to apply and spread, and a little goes a long way since the polish is so dense with sugar granules. This jar will last you a good while with regular use. It’s a great quick fix for immediate results.
Step 2: Replenish & Seal In Moisture with Laneige Sleeping Lip Mask
I always used to follow up exfoliation with a good balm, and always kept it by my bedside for reapplication. However, I recently switched to the Laniege Lip Sleeping Mask and I finally understand the hype with this product. While it’s not particularly cheap, it’s worth every penny if chapped lips are plaguing you. Applied before bed, this keeps my lips hydrated throughout the night (no touch-ups needed) and by morning, my lips feel soft and healthy— like they were never chapped in the first place. The rich, balmy formula contains vitamin C and antioxidants, plus hyaluronic acid and minerals that lock in moisture and the active ingredients. It totally obliterates any leftover dry skin that the lip polish didn’t catch, and has a lasting effect throughout the next day.
I’m currently working through a mini size that came in a holiday gift set, but I believe the full size to be priced right at $20. You can also ask for a sample of this at Sephora for free! The texture is thick and a small amount will completely envelop your lips, so it’s bound to last even with nightly use.
This simple two step lip care routine has me saying, “Chapped lips? Never heard of them.” The very first time I used these two products together, I saw noticeable effects overnight with my most stubborn flakes disappearing. Obviously, results may very depending on the severity of your dryness, but I doubt it’ll be long until you see a difference.