Winter Lip Care: How to Prevent Chapped Lips

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Lip Care: Candy Cane Lip Mask

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Did you know that licking your lips can actually dry them out more? The stark contrast between cold weather outside and warm air inside means you may find your lips dry, flaking, and even cracking and bleeding. While some dryness is almost unavoidable, you don’t have to put up with sore, cracked lips and leave them vulnerable to the elements. Read on to learn how to get rid of chapped lips. Plus, explore DIY recipes for winter lip care.

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What Causes Chapped Lips?

It’s no surprise that the weather causes chapped lips, but that’s not the only reason your lips get chapped.

Winter Air

The combination of low humidity and cold winds results in a lack of moisture and strips away the natural oils protecting your skin. Central heating systems then exacerbate this dryness as cranking up the heat indoors decreases humidity.

Sun damage

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean the sun’s harmful rays won’t have any effects on your lips. Sun damage is one of the more notable causes of chapped lips. So remember that winter sun can be as damaging as summer sun, even on cloudy days. 


While it might be a common reflex, licking your lips can worsen the problem. Saliva may provide temporary relief, but as it evaporates quickly, it leaves your lips even drier than before. Also, try not to pick at the lips themselves.


Another factor to be aware of is irritation from a product or an allergy. Contact cheilitis is an allergic reaction due to chemicals found in lipsticks and other products. To determine if this is the cause, you or your dermatologist can do a patch test.


Chronically dry lips may also indicate a vitamin or mineral deficiency, such as vitamin B12. If you suspect this may be a cause, it’s best to get checked out by your doctor.

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Winter Lip Care Routine: 5 Ways to Keep Your Lips Moisturized

1. Stay Hydrated

Hydration is key. So make sure your body is well-hydrated. In other words, drink plenty of water. Proper hydration helps maintain moisture levels in your skin, including your lips. Additionally, to prevent your lips from drying out in the first place, consider using a humidifier to add moisture to the air.

2. Exfoliate for a Fresh Start

Like the rest of your skin, your lips benefit from regular exfoliation to slough off dead skin cells and stimulate regeneration. Exfoliating your lips also helps to improve blood circulation and allows your lip balm to penetrate more effectively. 

It’s important to note that while exfoliation is beneficial, overdoing it can lead to more harm than good. Stick to a gentle routine to prevent irritation and further dryness. Use a lip scrub twice a week to keep your lips smooth. Scroll down to learn how to make a lavender and bergamot lip scrub yourself.

Lip Care with Lip Balm

Photo Credit: Anna Reisz

3. Choose the Right Lip Balm

Not all lip balms are created equal. Selecting the right one is crucial for effective winter lip care. Find or make a lip balm with moisturizing ingredients like coconut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, or beeswax. These ingredients form a protective barrier on the lips, preventing moisture loss. At the same time, avoid lip balms with additives or fragrances that could irritate your lips, especially if they’re already sensitive.

You can learn how to make yourself a soothing lavender pine lip palm in Willow and Sage Winter 2024.

4. Protect Your Lips from the Elements

In addition to moisturizing, you should protect your lips from harsh weather conditions. 

  • Use a lip balm with SPF: Shield your lips from harmful UV rays by investing in a good-quality lip balm with sun protection factor (SPF).
  • Cover your lips in extreme cold: Use a buff or a scarf to protect your lips from the biting cold winds.

5. Stick to a Balanced Lip Care Routine

  • Nighttime Routine: Consistency is essential when it comes to lip care. Establish a nighttime lip care routine to replenish moisture as you sleep. Before heading to bed, apply a specialized overnight lip mask or a thick layer of hydrating lip balm. By making lip care a daily habit, you can better prevent chapped lips.
  • Oil Infusions: Consider nourishing your lips with natural oils like jojoba, almond, or olive oil. These oils provide deep hydration and can be directly applied to your lips or incorporated into your DIY lip balm.
  • Healthy Diet: Although not inherently part of your lip care routine, what you put into your body reflects on your skin. Add foods rich in vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and hydration-boosting vegetables to your diet.

DIY Recipes for Winter Lip Care

Lip Care: Candy Cane Lip Mask

Candy Cane Lip Mask

By Michelle Stewart from Willow and Sage Winter 2024

You Will Need 

Bowls • local honey (1 TB.) • sweet almond oil (4 TB.) • vanilla in jojoba oil (24 drops) • peppermint essential oil (24 drops) • white sugar (1 cup) • spatula • 1-oz. metal tins (9)


To Make

In a small bowl, blend the honey and sweet almond oil. You can gently heat the mixture if needed to melt the honey. Add the essential oils and stir well. In a medium bowl, combine the sugar and the oil mixture and stir with a spatula until well blended. Store in metal tins. 

To use, spread a small amount of scrub on your lips, gently exfoliate by rubbing your lips, and leave on for one to three minutes. Lick or rinse off. These make great stocking stuffers!

From peppermint foot fizzy to Christmas calm bath salts to candy cane sugar scrub, discover more holiday skincare projects in Willow and Sage Winter 2024.

Lip Care: Lavender & Bergamot Lip Scrub & Lip Balm

Photo Credit: Kirsten Nunez

Lavender & Bergamot Lip Scrub & Balm

By Kirsten Nunez from Willow and Sage Winter 2022

Lavender & Bergamot Lip Scrub

You Will Need

Heat-resistant glass measuring cup • small pot • beeswax pellets (½ tsp.) • grapeseed oil (½ tsp.) • lavender essential oil (2–4 drops) • bergamot essential oil (2–4 drops) • white/brown sugar (½–1 tsp.) • lip balm tubes (2–4) • small spoon/popsicle stick 

To Make

Add about 3 inches of water to a small pot. Place a glass measuring cup in the pot to make a double boiler. Bring the water to a gentle boil over medium heat. Then, put all the lip scrub ingredients in, except the essential oils and sugar, and stir until melted. 

Remove the cup from the heat and let it cool slightly. Add the essential oils and sugar, depending on your desired level of exfoliation. Mix and pour into the remaining lip balm tubes. You might need a small spoon or popsicle stick to scoop the sugar into the tube. Let cool until solid.

Find tips on making this lip scrub in Willow and Sage Winter 2022.

Lavender & Bergamot Lip Balm

You Will Need

Heat-resistant glass measuring cup • small pot • shea butter (1½ tsp.) • beeswax pellets (1 tsp.) • grapeseed oil (1 tsp.) • vitamin E oil (1–2 drops) • oven mitt • lavender essential oil (2–4 drops) • bergamot essential oil (2–4 drops) • white/brown sugar (½–1 tsp.) • lip balm tubes (2–4)

To Make

As for the lip balm, return the measuring cup to the pot, adding more water if needed. Put all the lip balm ingredients in, except the essential oils, and gently mix until melted and combined. Using an oven mitt, remove the measuring cup from the heat and add the essential oils. Pour the mixture into half the lip balm tubes and set them aside.


Are you looking for more DIY recipes to elevate your lip care routine? Check out Willow And Sage magazine, where you can find countless skin care recipes.

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One thought on “Winter Lip Care: How to Prevent Chapped Lips”

  1. Love the recipe, however I would change the wording on what to add. In both recipes it says add all the ingredients except this and that. Just list which ingredients to add. The “except can be miss read or/and confusing.