When I don’t drink enough water, my lips get dry, then they chap, then they peel. Of course, drinking a big old glass of water is a good way to combat this, but you probably know that once your lips are chapped, you need something a little more.
Chapped lips are a sign of dehydration, but they are also just as much of a vicious cycle as they feel like. When they are chapped and sore, what you’re feeling is microscopic tears in the skin. When bacteria gets into these tiny rifts, it can cause more chapping – part of the reason why licking makes chapping worse. Licking your lips also makes them drier, since saliva evaporates quickly.
When your lips are chapped, the best thing to do is to apply a lip balm with antioxidants and nourishing and moisturizing agents. It’s also a good idea to choose a lip balm with sunscreen. Because the skin on your lips is thinner than everywhere else on your face, it is more susceptible to sun damage and sunburn, which feels like chapping.
Once they are healed, they may be peeling a bit – grab a lip exfoliator or make your own by mixing sugar and your favorite lip balm to scrub away dead skin cells from your pout.