How to Fix Dry, Peeling Lips This Winter in Just 3 Steps

December 21, 2020
Sarah Ferguson
By: Sarah Ferguson | by L'Oréal
person applying lip balm to lips
As soon as temperatures start to drop, keeping lips from getting chapped and flaky can feel like an uphill battle. Sometimes no matter how much lip balm you apply, hydration seems impossible to achieve; but don’t give up just yet. In addition to finding a balm that works for you, following the easy three-step routine below can help prevent and treat dry, peeling lips.

STEP 1: Gently Exfoliate 

Just like your skin needs to be exfoliated, your lips do, too. To combat flakiness and peeling, use a gentle lip scrub regularly. Not only will it remove dry flakes and help your balm penetrate better, but it will also help you get a smoother, more even lipstick application. One of our favorites is the Sara Happ Lip Scrub, which contains a blend of exfoliating sugar granules and nourishing oils. 
Sara Happ Lip Scrub

STEP 2: Moisturize

Look for a lip balm that not only replenishes moisture, but seals it in. The Maybelline New York Baby Lips balm is a cult-favorite formula because it moisturizes and protects lips for eight hours of wear, plus helps smooth and soften.
Maybelline New York Baby Lips

STEP 3: Opt for a Hydrating Lipstick or Gloss

Now that your lips have been properly exfoliated and moisturized, it’s time to add some color. When your lips are dehydrated, a formula that contains hydrating ingredients will serve you well. A new favorite is the IT Cosmetics Pillow Lips Solid Serum Lip Gloss. The formula contains collagen, hyaluronic acid and an oil complex to target dry, chapped lips and gives you a gorgeous, glossy wash of color. For more of our hydrating lipstick picks, check out this guide.
IT Cosmetics Pillow Lips Solid Serum Lip Gloss
Photography: Chaunte Vaughn, Art Direction: Melissa San Vicente-Landestoy, Associate Producer: Becca Solovay, Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist: Jonet Williamson, Wardrobe Stylist: Alexis Badiyi, Digital Tech: Paul Yem, Model: Camryn Herold

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