‘Tis the season for dry puckers. (Photo: Shutterstock)
We hear you—attempting to cure your cracked, flaky lips can be frustrating, time-consuming, and flat-out painful. “Our lips bear the brunt of winter’s cold, dry air because this area of skin is very thin, and doesn’t have oil glands like the rest of our face,” says Joel Schlessinger, M.D., board-certified dermatologist and RealSelf advisor. “Additionally, our lips are constantly exposed to things like wind, sun, and other environmental factors that aggravate irritation.”
It’s true that we have winter’s freezing temps and bitter 30 mph winds to thank for causing us to throw shade at our favorite bold lipstick and cringe at the thought of making it to first base this Valentine’s Day. But you don’t have to settle for an inflamed and shriveled pout. There are some new lip treatments on the market that seriously hydrate, nourish, and repair—unlike the basic balms of days past.
Here are our favorites—you’ll be back to taking those duck-face selfies in no time.
3. Patchology FlashPatch Lip Gels
You rely on your favorite face mask to hydrate and rejuvenate your sad winter skin—and this product offers the same type of treatment for your lips. Each container comes with 25 lip-shaped patches that you lay over your lips for about five minutes. Once you remove the gel patch, you’re left with a sliminess that actually feels like heaven—we promise. The hydrating ingredients will seep into your lips before you know it, leaving you with a smoother, softer pucker.
Buy it: $50, patchology.com