Lip balms are formulas that can help smooth, soften and moisturise lips. Using a lip balm throughout the day can help replenish moisture and may even help prevent lips from becoming dry. These all-day, everyday treatments can help smooth and soften lips on the go.
Hydrating lip masks are intensive treatments that help replenish and moisturise dry lips. Many lip masks can be used overnight as a hydrating treatment while you sleep. Some lip masks can also be applied as a moisturising treatment before makeup.
Dry lips can be caused by many of the same factors as dry skin including extreme temperatures, pollution and sun damage. Ageing, poor nutrition and weather can also cause lips to feel dry, tight or taut.
Dry lips can be a sign of dehydration. When your body is dehydrated, or lacking in water, you may have dry skin and lips which can feel tight, taut and uncomfortable. Care for dry lips with a hydrating lip balm or lip mask to help replenish moisture and soften lips.
Cold temperatures and low levels of moisture in the air can cause lips to feel excessively dry. In the same way that you might use a heavier cream or moisturiser in colder months, using a hydrating lip balm or lip mask in winter can help your lips feel soft and smooth.
To care for chapped lips, apply an intensively moisturising lip balm that can provide a protective barrier to lock in moisture. Use it frequently to smooth and soften lips throughout the day. At night, apply lip balm or switch over to a nourishing lip mask to deliver intensive moisture while you sleep. When your lips are very dry or chapped, resist the urge to lick your lips which can actually cause them to become more dehydrated.