How to Heal Dry, Chapped Lips

February 23, 2022
Jessie Quinn
By: Jessie Quinn | by L'Oréal
How to Heal Dry, Chapped Lips

Though spring is right around the corner, the cold-weather season is still in full effect which means dry lips are still a serious concern. One way to prevent your lips from getting super dried out is mastering your lip-care routine — that means treating your lips with the same TLC  you do for the rest of your complexion (think: weekly exfoliation, hydrating masks and moisturizing on the regular). If you’re wondering how to properly care for your dry, chapped or peeling lips this season and beyond, keep reading for our step-by-step guide to winter lip care.

How to Get Rid of Dry Lips

Cleanse With a Lip Color Remover

Before beginning your winter lip-care routine, it’s important to remove any lipstick you may have on. We recommend using a makeup wipe that won’t strip your lips of essential moisture, like the CeraVe Hydrating Makeup Removing Plant-Based Wipes.

CeraVe Hydrating Makeup Removing Plant-Based Wipes

Exfoliate With a Lip Scrub

Just like the rest of your body, the skin on your lips can experience a buildup of dead skin. To help reduce the look of peeling or flaky lips, exfoliate at least once a week with a lip scrub. Scrubs can be a gentle yet effective way to slough off dry, dead skin cells on the surface of your lips and can leave them feeling soft and smooth. 


A lip scrub we love is the Makeup By Mario Perfecting Lip Scrub. To use it, simply apply a small amount of the scrub to clean lips and rub them together. It gently gets rid of dead cells and leaves behind a nourishing balm. 

Makeup By Mario Perfecting Lip Scrub

Use a Mask With Soothing Ingredients

After exfoliating your lips, it’s time to mask. Similar to the skin on your face, the skin on your lips can benefit from using a weekly or bi-weekly mask. No matter what season it is, using a hydrating lip mask can help nourish and soften your lips. There are even sheet masks for your lips — one of our favorites is the KNC Beauty Kiss My Lips Collagen-Infused Lip Mask.

Deep Condition With a Lip Oil, Gloss or Butter 

If your lips are looking extra dry and in need of some additional nourishment, try deep conditioning them with an oil, serum or butter. For a little pop of color we recommend the Inn Beauty Project Glaze #1 Lip Oil or try the Maybelline New York Lip Lifter Gloss — it’s formulated with hydrating hyaluronic acid. 

Maybelline New York Lip Lifter Gloss

Protect and Hydrate With SPF

Sun protection is an absolute must, and your lips are no exception. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, lips have no melanin, which means they’re even more at risk of sun damage than the rest of your skin. Protect and hydrate your lips year round with an SPF lip balm like Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment With SPF 30.

Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment With SPF 30

Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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