We're reaching for the lip balm almost every hour these days, thanks that chilly wind. So, in light of that beauty duty, we thought we would share our best lip tips and the balms we can't live without.
Top tips: The constant licking of lips damages the protective barrier, which is why lips feel dry and flake. To wean you off that habit, regularly apply lip balm, especially before applying lip liner and lipstick or gloss.
Invest in balms with hydrating ingredients such as beeswax, shea butter, vitamin E, almond, jojoba or coconut oil.
Exfoliate sparingly, often dry flaky lips are in need of moisture not scrubbing. If you need to exfoliate, opt for cleansing pads that contain fruit-acid-based alpha or beta hydroxy acids, to gently remove dead skin. Try Elizabeth Arden Pro Skin Perfecting Peel Pads, $89 and use these once or twice a week.
Matte lipsticks can be drying, alternate using them with hydrating cream lipsticks, and always add a layer of moisturising lip balm underneath.
If your lips are so dry this has lead to a split in the corner of the mouth, apply lashings of the heal all salve Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Original, $36 at night. We are massive fans of it's speedy healing power.