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Natural Living

Kiss Dry Lips Goodbye

Your lips are thin-skinned and lack oil glands to protect them from cracking and chapping—all the more reason to use nourishing lip balms.

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Did You Know?

Sun and cold, as well as lipsticks with synthetic ingredients like mineral oil are the main causes of dehydrated lips. Licking your lips in an attempt to keep them moist will only aggravate the problem.

1. Nourish your lips 

With Shea Terra Organics Argan-E Lip Savior. Ugandan shea butter helps improve skin elasticity and boosts cell renewal. Cold-pressed chamomile and calendula oils soothe and repair. Seabuckthorn, rich in omega-7s, regenerates healthy skin cells, while argan oil softens lips. Golden Ugandan beeswax contains healing properties from pollinated plants. All ingredients are edible, so if the almond flavor has you licking your lips, there’s no harm.

2. Smooth and exfoliate dry lips

With Farmhouse Fresh Lip Polish. U.S.-grown cane sugar sloughs off dead skin cells, while sunflower seed oil, shea butter, and beeswax soothe and moisturize chapped lips. Choose from three flavors: Blackberry Wine, made with crushed organic Oregon blackberries and Texas Merlot grapes; Whoopie!, made with Georgia cane and confectioners’ sugar; and Beach Punch, made with California dates, Texas honey, and pineapple juice.

3. Give your lips some TLC 

With Alaffia Ethically Traded Lip Balm. This silky stick is made with Ethically Traded coconut oil and essential oils, along with cocoa butter and candelilla wax. Enjoy three scents: Coconut Mint, Coconut Pineapple, and Purely Coconut. All three balms are also vegan.

4. Protect your pucker 

With Jane Iredale LipDrink Lip Balm with SPF 15. Nourishing carrot seed and avocado oils, as well as aloe vera, moisturize dry lips, while green tea and vitamins E and C provide antioxidant protection, and titanium dioxide offers broad-spectrum sun defense. This sunscreen lip balm doubles as a lipstick and is available in five trendy shades (shown here in Tease), all with a refreshing lemon flavor.

5. For the perfect pout, treat your lips 

To Pacifica Enlightened Gloss. Infused with coconut oil, cocoa butter, vitamin E, and mineral color, this nourishing gloss adds shine without the plasticizers used in most mass-market lip glosses. Nonsticky and hydrating, it comes in five shades of sheer, long-lasting, natural color scented with coconut and vanilla. Colors shown here: Poppy and Ravish.

6. Protect your lips from the sun, wind, and cold 

With Badger Sunscreen Lip Balm with Broad Spectrum SPF 15. Non-nano mineral zinc oxide provides lifeguard-worthy sun protection for lips. Extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, and shea and cocoa butters keep delicate skin hydrated. It’s kid-friendly, reef-friendly, flavor-free, and biodegradable.