Dry, cracked lips can be caused by a number of things. “Changes in the weather, heaters on full blast, licking your lips constantly, and dehydration,” New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Shereene Idriss, MD, confirms as sources of chapping.
Her advice? “Baste like a turkey on Thanksgiving,” she jokes. But in all seriousness, there are a few steps to complete before going in with a rich and ultra-hydrating lip mask, which she breaks down in a video for Allure‘s Skinfluencer series below.
The first step is exfoliating away all that dead skin that’s been building up on your lips. Dr. Idriss advises using products containing an exfoliating acid such as Saturday Skin Pore Clarifying Toner, which helps refine, smooth, and hydrate your lips with glycolic acid, tea tree oil, and glycerin. You may be wondering what role glycerin has in treating those dry lips of yours — and don’t worry because you’re not alone.
Board-certified dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, previously told Allure, “glycerin is like a sponge that pulls water to the outer skin layer.” Basically, it attracts water from deep layers within the skin and even, in some cases, the air in humid environments.
After applying a light amount of toner onto your lips and letting it dry, Dr. Idriss takes a rich emollient — she recommends Weleda Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream — and spreads a generous layer of product all over her lips, letting it sit while she begins her makeup routine.
After her lips have sat long enough to become “buttery, basted, and ready to start the day,” she completes her dewy, everyday makeup look. Showing off her silky smooth, rejuvenized lips with a pucker of her pout, Dr. Idriss ends the video with a smile.
Struggling to treat your dry, chapped lips? Watch the full video here:
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