Chapped lips are a year-round issue, but they are especially troublesome during the cold winter months when the air is relentlessly dry and you need to keep soothing, hydrating ingredients on standby. Before you know it, you’re caught in an endless cycle of reapplying moisturizing products that don’t seem to give you a long-term solution.
Thankfully, your cracked lips problem can be solved in three simple steps:
- Step 1: Break the habit of licking since this only makes dry lips worse. Once your saliva evaporates, it leaves lips dryer than they were before.
- Step 2: Make sure you're drinking enough water throughout the day.
- Step 3: Use nourishing ingredients for dry lips (such as natural oils and butters) that soothe and hydrate chapped lips.
If you’re not sure exactly which ingredients you should use, your lips are in luck. Because we’re shouting out our favorites below!
Scientifically referred to as argania spinosa, argan oil is a skincare mainstay that’s found in creams, lotions, and lip products. We love argan oil for lips because it’s rich in fatty acids—oleic and linoleic acid to be specific.
Vitality Lip Flush Stain Hydrating Serum Gloss Stain, available in six beautiful colors, is formulated with argan oil, along with shea butter, jojoba oil, and avocado oil. This ultra-hydrating, luxurious formula helps condition and smooth your lips all while lending a pretty flush of color and (non-sticky) high shine.
One of our favorite ingredients for dry skin and lips is hyaluronic acid, also known as sodium hyaluronate, HA, or hyaluron. This ingredient is a humectant, which means that it helps attract and retain moisture. While helping to boost hydration, hyaluronic acid can also create a more plumped look. Win win!
You’ll find this ingredient in Pillow Lips Solid Serum Lip Gloss, your secret to moisturized lips, a sheer wash of color, and glossy finish. The 5-in-1 formula delivers up to four hours of hydration and won’t feather on you, either.
Sunflower Seed Oil
You know sunflower as the cheery, sun-facing flower with bright yellow petals. This pretty, towering plant gives us sunflower seed oil, a natural ingredient known to help improve hydration while protecting the outer layer of skin.
We love sunflower oil so much that we’ve infused several of our lip products with the ingredient, including our Vitality Lip Flush Stain™ Hydrating Serum Gloss Stain (mentioned above), and Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Serum. The latter is a lightweight, lip-softening serum that helps lock in moisture while adding the perfect touch of color to your pout.
Shea butter is a thick, rich ingredient that is also rich in fatty acids, including oleic, linoleic, and stearic acids. It's an emollient, which means that it helps condition and smooth skin by creating a protective barrier that helps lock in hydration.
Vitality Lip Flush Butter Gloss is infused with shea butter, along with hyaluronic acid, peptides, and a blend of argan, cherry, avocado, and jojoba oils. This crème-de-la-crème of lip glosses helps hydrate, condition, and nourish your lips for an instantly vitalized look and feel.
Castor Seed Oil
Castor seed oil is derived from beans found on the flowering castor plant, and the ingredient makes a frequent appearance in moisturizing beauty products—including lipsticks, balms, and glosses—because of its conditioning properties.
You’ll find this natural oil in a handful of our products for dry lips, including Vitality Lip Flush Stain Hydrating Serum Gloss Stain, Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Serum, and Pillow Lips Solid Serum Lip Gloss. It’s also a key player in the formulation for Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Lip Balm Treatment, a clinically tested, lip-reviving, color-infused breakthrough product. It goes on clear but reacts with your lips to transform into a customized pop of color that lasts.
In addition to using the above ingredients and products for dry lips—and breaking that lip-licking habit—it can help to stay hydrated in other ways. For example, avoid hot showers and use a humidifier both day and night. While you’re at it, don’t forget to apply moisturizer to the rest of your face! Check out our guide on the Best Moisturizers For Oily, Dry, and Combination Skin Types and then read up on how often you should moisturize your face.