If, like me, you can look outside and see snow right now, there's a good chance you're also dealing with a chapped lips problem. The biggest culprits, obviously, are the cold, windy weather and bone-dry indoor heating (a humidifier would be a great investment to combat that)—but you should also be careful to avoid licking your lips and even sleeping with your mouth open. Staying hydrated helps too: in the winter, try drinking your water at room temperature (it's easier to get down that way) or swapping it for caffeine-free herbal teas.
Now the fun part—what to slather on your poor, chapped mouth. Here are my top five winter favourites:
From left to right:
1. By Terry Baume de Rose: Expensive, but SO worth it. Non-sticky, extremely long-lasting and delicately scented with real rose extracts. Bonus: you can also apply it to your cuticles. At Sephora stores across Canada.
3. Clark's Botanicals Ultra Rich Lip Balm: This cult favourite is full of plant-based ingredients (aloe leaf, sweet almond oil, shea butter), lasts forever and REALLY repairs. Order online at clarksbotanicals.com.
5. Bioderma Atoderm Lip Balm: This just landed on my desk and I'm already loving it—it's fragrance-free and shiny enough to replace your favourite lip gloss. At drugstores across Canada.