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answerjill's avatar

Favorite remedy for chapped lips?

Asked by answerjill (6198points) September 20th, 2009

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evegrimm's avatar

Take an old toothbrush and brush (gently) over your lips.

Then put on a super-moisturizing lip balm. (Vaseline is great, if you’re not against petroleum. Otherwise, Burt’s Bees works well.)

Otherwise, get some sugar or brown sugar and mix with olive oil to a paste consistency. Apply to lips and gently rub to remove the dead skin.

As with the toothbrush, make sure to apply super-moisturizing lip balm afterwards.

jrpowell's avatar

And I want to punch whoever made their website. Flash, really?

knitfroggy's avatar

I used to use Cherry Ice, but they don’t make it anymore-or I can’t find it one of the two. They do have Cherry Carmex now that I’m quite partial to, but lately I’ve been using some Nivea stuff. It’s in a tube like a lipstick and it works really well. It’s kind of expensive, but I don’t care. I just hate being addicted to “chapstick” that’s what I call all of it Once you start using it it’s hard to get away from it.

evegrimm's avatar

@knitfroggy, is that the Nivea in the yellow tube?

I find that most anything that’s marketed as “chapstick”, even the cheapy Bonne Bell stuff, works fine, if you use it consistently.

(While I had super super chapped lips on Accutane, I found that the Carmex (the cherry flavor! lurve for @knitfroggy) squeezy tube or the Bonne Bell big tubes (link) worked the best out of everything—Aquaphor, aka. vaseline, is too gloppy for normal, day-to-day usage.)

Also, although @teh_kvlt_liberal is probably being snarky, he’s right: drinking water/staying hydrated will help prevent chapped lips in the first place.

(If it’s something that’s popped up recently, it might be a reaction to a new product—new chapstick, new toothpaste, new food, etc.)

ETA: Found the big Lip Smackers, even if not in the flavor I have and lurve (Tropical Punch).

knitfroggy's avatar

@evegrimm It’s the Nivea in the blue tube. It’s like $3 which is expensive to me, because Cherry Carmex is like .97. It works good though and it soaks in quick!

I went to school with a girl that kept a tub of Mentholatum in her purse and rubbed that on her lips! Can you imagine? Mentholatum is like Vick’s Vaporub on drier and stinkier!

MissAusten's avatar

For me, plain old Chapstick has always worked great. It’s been quite a few years since I’ve tried anything else, but I always went back to Chapstick. During the winter months, I need to use it daily. For the rest of the year, I rarely use it.

Drink a lot of water, avoid licking your lips, and avoid too much sun exposure. Those things will help too.

Beta_Orionis's avatar

Burt’s bees original peppermint chapstick

Supacase's avatar

Baby Vick’s at night.

Avon’s Care Deeply is the best lip balm I have ever found.

knitfroggy's avatar

You can also get some sugar and mix it with a little water, kind of make a paste and rub it on your lips to exfoliate them if they are like cracked and peeling. Plus it tastes good!

deni's avatar

Burt’s Bees, just the plain original lip balm in a tube. One of my favorite things in the world. And water too.

rooeytoo's avatar

I found some stuff called Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula. It works pretty well and smells like chocoolate cake (funny that). And it has sunscreen. I am in the sun and wind often and my lips are really dry, as long as I remember to use it consistently, they all seem to do their job.

rooeytoo's avatar

What does everyone mean when they say water??? Do you mean drink it or rub it on your lips??

deni's avatar

@rooeytoo Drinking it

rooeytoo's avatar

@deni – Thank you for responding, but I don’t get it, how does drinking water help chapped lips.

It is very hot here and I consume a lot of water, but still always seem to have chapped lips!

deni's avatar

@rooeytoo It just keeps everything more hydrated, skin and lips included. And if they’re hydrated, they shouldn’t be so chapped…where are you at?

aprilsimnel's avatar

Hey, Suzy Chapstick!

I actually use Carmex. Burt’s Bees, huh? I’ve heard good things about their products!

rooeytoo's avatar

@deniI am in the top end of Australia. It is the end of the dry and it is very HOT and DRY. It is no wonder my lips are chapped.

evegrimm's avatar

@rooeytoo, I’m sorry that your lips are chapped! That’s one of the worst things ever. Vaseline works wonders, if you use it at night before bed. Just smear it on!

rooeytoo's avatar

@evegrimm – thank you, I will give it a try, hope I don’t slide right off my pillow!!!

Beta_Orionis's avatar

@aprilsimnel I was definitely skeptical of Burt’s Bees, but they’re worth the price. Especially if you love peppermint. I’ve found nothing mintier and no lip balm more effective.

answerjill's avatar

Thanks for all of the great ideas!

aprilsimnel's avatar

@Beta_Orionis – Thanks! Good to know!

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