You’re probably fighting the good fight by slathering layers of lip balm over your chapped lips. The problem: the dead, dry skin could actually be blocking the skin-healing ingredients in the balm from penetrating the skin on your lips. So before you pick up another tube or pot, gently exfoliate first. Here’s how: dampen a washcloth (one with rougher fabric is best) with warm water, then massage your lips in circular motions.
If this manual trick isn’t getting the job done (and your lips still aren’t feeling smooth), you may need to upgrade your exfoliation method to a pro-powered tool. Meet Bliss Fabulips Pout-o-Matic Lip-Perfecting System, a battery-powered device that has a silicone head with massaging nubs that rotate to slough off dry skin.
During the day, look for a nourishing formula (derms recommend unscented formulas) with sunscreen, like Aquaphor Lip Repair & Protect SPF 30. At night crank up the hydration with lip oil. And while you’re rehabbing your lips, skip matte, bold colored lipsticks, which will act like a spotlight on your flakes. Start with a lip tint that contains some nourishing ingredients, plus a little colour if you like. Try Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm, which are packed with shea butter and coconut oil. Finally, up your water intake, avoid licking (and picking) your lips as much as possible, and if you want to go the extra mile, sleep with a humidifier to prevent your lips from drying out at night.
Courtesy of: http://www.realsimple.com/