In the winter months your lips lose moisture and become chapped and dry. This causes cracking and peeling which can be a pain when applying lipstick and gloss. Just like your face its important that your canvas is soft and exfoliated before you apply any makeup. I have tried many lip balms and chapsticks and most of the time they cause your lips to become even more dry (so you have to keep applying and buy more!) I avoid Chapstick now at all costs since some of the ingredients actually dry out your lips. Ever notice how often you have to keep reapplying?
I have found that these 4 items work best to keep my lips hydrated and soft even in the worst winter months. My favorite is aquaphor by eucerin. It is a clear jelly consistency and really is my all time go-to for lip care. It is about $6 and usually you get them in a two pack so I like to keep one with me at all times and a back up in the car.
My second favorite is by reviva labs and it is a vitamin E stick. You can get it in vitamin shoppe or online for about $4. This can be used on your lips and under your eyes too. I love this since it looks like a lipstick so it’s easy to apply.
Two others are Bonnie’s balm which I got at sephora and it is 100% natural and made with oils like grapeseed and sunflower. The last one is by wet & wild calls juicy lip balm. It is a strawberry flavor and adds a hint of color on your lips. It is a big tube so it covers your lips on one application. That one is about $2-3.
I don’t use carmex which is supposedly really good but it really dries your lips. I also like Burt’s bees chapsticks too but mostly in the summer since they have SPF protection. The pomegranate one is amazing. I also recommend that once a week you exfoliate your lips to remove the dead skin. You can do this with some brown sugar and Vaseline and rub into your lips in a circular motion.