Sunday, December 16, 2007

i've cracked.

help me, internets!

i have chapped lips.

this is not, i recognize, the most shocking revelation, given that it's a week and a half before christmas and all. but i am at a loss as to how to fix it. i have been hydrating like it's my job (5-6 glasses of water per day! for real!), and i'm only using either straight vaseline or aquaphor - none of the chapstick or bonne bell or whatever that just dries them out more.

and yet, they just get worse and worse. they crack, they bleed, i chew at the dry skin and then they get all puffy and painful...

nice, i know. see why i need a solution?

give me your ideas and remedies and magic spells, post haste! or i might not have any lips left by the time spring rolls around...

10 comments:

Cinnamon said...

I happen to be an expert on chapped lips and have tried thousands of products over the years and admit to a two-year affair with Carmex that took me 6-months to get away from completely, but I'm so grateful that I did.

Thankfully, a friend started selling Mary Kay and asked me to try their lip balm and see what I thought. http://www.marykay.com/skincare/lipeyecare/10871300/10871300/default.aspx
She also asked me to try out their lip mask.
http://www.marykay.com/skincare/lipeyecare/10235100/10235100/default.aspx

See I don't just get chapped lips, but extra-dry lips quickly become cold sores for me. Before trying these two products I'd spent the last six months literally either getting or getting over a cold sore. Of course they only popped up on the weekend or overnight when I couldn't get to a doctor to get a perscription treatment.

These two products have taken me from having cold sores at least once or twice a month to maybe once or twice a year. And I think having healthy lip skin has kept me from getting the cold sores, and it has made it so much easier to enjoy things like popcorn without crying from the salt and the chapped.

I'm seeing my Mary Kay connection Monday night so if you're interested in having me pick up and ship you a set let me know.

Cara said...

I'm a big fan of Burt's Bees.

whatsername said...

My lips are not TOO bad, but sometimes they can get so. Burt's Bees weatherproof lip balm for life guards, etc. is my savior in such times. It has sunscreen in it, so it turns your lips white when put on heavily. Thus, this is an overnight treatment for my lips, and they are usually good as new after one, maybe two nights.

But basically, any lip balm that uses beeswax as it's base will be good. Nothing with petroleum! But beeswax, or aloe, or shea, those are all good, and I would invest in one! I use Burt's Bees regular ones daily, as well as ones sold at my work that are decent ("di Seta"), Alba is pretty good, and Savannah Bee Company is as good as Burt's, they sell that at Bath and Body Works.

Good luck!

kate.d. said...

cinn those look great but holy expensiveness! i think i might have to try a few other potential remedies before i go that high end :)

speaking of which, cara can you explain the beeswax/petroleum issue? because maybe that's where i'm going wrong...

DancingFish said...

It sounds lame but I swear by the Favorite Lip Balm line that they carry at the Gap. They aren't waxy or too sticky but very moisturizing. The only drawback is that they are scented/flavored but they range from 'Warm Honey' to mint to a cranberry one. It will turn your lips around in 3 days (faster if you put it on overnight) and costs $3.50. It also has a beeswax base so maybe that is the key!

Anonymous said...

Get yourself the neutrogena in a tube. It's shaped like chapstick and sold next to it, but it's much much much better. It costs $4 and you can get it at CVS. Neutrogena in a white tube that you can screw the bottom up with a cap-- old fashioned chapstick -- or the neutrogena in a little pot that's sold in the make up aisle, but i really like the classic lip balm. Seriously and for real an old roommate turned me on to it a million years ago, and it's like butter. Your lips will thank me.

Sincerely,
e.d.

Kate said...

I don't know if they still make it, but Clinique used to have a lip balm that went on more like a moisturizer. I used to love that stuff.

I use random assorted chapsticks I find around my house. My favorite is Badger brand (coffee roast flavor so I can enjoy coffee without the caffeine).

But the best thing I learned is to VERY GENTLY brush your lips with your toothbrush. Not every day, but every few days, and then moisturize with balm or something. Give it a week, and the lips should get better.

Heather said...

Petroleum is impermeable. It's great to use when your lips or skin are well moisturized, but if you use it when your lips are dry it keeps them from getting any moisture. The same goes for lotion. Never use a lotion with mineral oil unless you're right out of the shower, and even then you can do better. :) Exfoliating is also good. For me, I have to use stuff that tastes bad. My lips are chapped because I have a nervous habit of licking my lips, so if my lip balm tastes bad I'm alright. :)

Anonymous said...

Crisco. Seriously.

amit said...

Some olive oil or coconut oil on the lips before you go to bed.