You know when your lips are so beyond chapped that it seems like nothing can help? Like, they hurt and/or sting, they’re flaky as heck, and you really can’t stop licking or touching them. I think we’ve all been there before—I know at least once a month at minimum my lips can get chapped for a few days, and especially more so in the winter months.
Sure, you can try to slather on the lip balm, but I find that no matter how much I put on throughout the day, nothing seems to work. I try to drink as much water as I can to make sure my skin stays hydrated. I turn on the humidifier at home as another way to stave off the dryness. And of course, I try to stop licking or picking at my dried-out lips as best as I can because I know that makes it way worse.
But one thing I’ve discovered in the past year that has really helped is applying a lip mask to really lock in that moisture. You can use a lot of these masks overnight to let them work their magic, which is great because you don’t have to worry about reapplying after drinking or eating because you’re, well, sleeping. I find that a lip mask, in conjunction with all of the remedies above, has helped speed up the healing time for my lips.
So now I try to do a lip mask at least once a week, even if my lips are doing okay just to make sure I’m keeping them conditioned and moisturized. Take a look at some of my favorites, plus some editor and reader bestsellers below.