5 ways to soothe chapped lips

chapped lips, chapped lip repair, By Terry Baume de Rose, The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ, Clark's Botanicals Ultra Rich Lip Balm, Green Beaver Winter Lip Balm, Bioderma Atoderm Lip Balm

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:

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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.

2. The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ: If you like chocolate, you will DIE. So much more enjoyable than trying to buff off the flakes with an old toothbrush. At BeautyMark in Vancouver or beautymark.ca.

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.

4. Green Beaver Winter Lip Balm: Two reasons I’m fan: it’s 100% Canadian and 100% natural. This has a smooth, emollient texture without being oily (hello, Kiehl’s). See here for locations.

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.


Thursday, January 7/2010 at 9:32 am

My favourite is “The Lip Balm” by La Mer….I use it every morning and evening after brushing my teeth and it keeps my lips soft and smooth all winter. I’m completely obsessed! The Green Beaver lip balm sounds interesting though – love supporting Canadian brands :)


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, January 7/2010 at 12:07 pm

Have heard great things about the La Mer lip balm! (Isn’t it crazy expensive though?)


Que Banh
Thursday, January 7/2010 at 5:59 pm

I’m going to pick up the Bioderma product this weekend! It’s new to me and I struggle with chapped lips in the winter months. I love that it’s fragrance free. I can’t stand products that don’t offer a fragrance free option; there are many of us out there who are highly sensitive to products with scents


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, January 7/2010 at 6:45 pm

Cool – would love to hear what you think of it!


Thursday, January 7/2010 at 10:27 pm

It’s CRAZY expensive – definitely an indulgence, but if you’re only using it twice a day it will easily last four-six months!


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