Kiss chapped, peeling lips goodbye.

By Erica Sloan
April 22, 2020
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They dole out their fair share of love, but your lips need their own kind of tender love and care, too. But we don't mean special scrubs, serums, and masks (though, yes, those products exist). "Unlike facial skin, your mouth's surface doesn’t require exfoliation—and abrasives can actually cause cracking," says Austin, Texas, dermatologist Ted Lain. The keys to happy lips, he says, are simple: hydration and sun protection, in that order.

On the hydration front, begin at night. After brushing your teeth (toothpaste can be drying), pat on a thick, nourishing salve, like Aquaphor Immediate Relief Lip Repair Balm ($4, target.com). Then dab a cream with retinol around your lips to prevent fine lines. We like Roc Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream ($26, cvs.com) for this. Each morning, apply your sun protection; Lain likes Supergoop! Play Lip Balm With Acai SPF 30 ($9.50, dermstore.com). Last? A kiss of color—we're partial to Maybelline's Color Sensational Cream Lipstick ($7.49, ulta.com), pictured above—in any format you fancy. Look to the below options for more help in that department.

Peter Ardito; Styling By Megumi Emoto

Go for Gloss

If you prefer a high-impact shine without the stickiness, try Dior Lip Glow Oil ($34, sephora.com) with moisturizing cherry oil.

Peter Ardito; Styling By Megumi Emoto

Try a Tint

Fast-track your mornings with Physicians Formula Triple Defense Multicolor Stick ($6.89, ulta.com). It has SPF 20, and you can swipe the chubby stick over eyelids and cheeks, too.

Peter Ardito; Styling By Megumi Emoto

Apply a Balm

Any good one will bestow nondrying, buildable color. But Iris&Romeo Power Peptide Balm ($26, irisandromeo.com) also has peptides to help build collagen for fuller-looking lips.

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