I confess: I recently had a terrible case of chapped lips (and nose). It was an unfortunate result of windy days on the ski slopes, a neck gator that didn’t cover my lower face adequately, cold dry air at high altitudes, forgetting to re-apply my SPF lip balm, AND running out of my beloved Aquaphor healing ointment.
I borrowed my friend’s EOS lip balm, but found it wasn’t hydrating enough. I also tried Chap-Stick but didn’t feel like it was helpful.
Luckily, there was a Kiehl’s store at the Denver airport, where I ducked in and picked up a Kiehl’s Lip Balm (which I used all through my 20s). It was thinner and a little “oilier” than I remembered.
Aquaphor healing ointment remains my top pick for keeping my lips well-hydrated. I also apply a little thin amount to dry cuticles, and the backs of my ears when they get irritated from earrings. There’s a reason why it’s so commonly recommended by dermatologists- it’s proven to be effective for years! Best of all, Aquaphor is relatively inexpensive, available for purchase everywhere, and comes in different size jars and tubes to suit your family’s needs.
I also use Fresh lip balm with SPF. It helps protect my lips from getting sun damage and has a nice, light tint. Lips often get sunburned and can develop skin cancers like Squamous Cell Carcinomas. Lips are also prone to developing pre-cancerous rough scaly patches called Actinic Keratoses (AKs).
For the sake of this posting, I also tried Aveeno skin relief healing ointment advanced therapy: similar texture as Aquaphor. Dr. Lipp Original nipple balm for lips: super thick and a little sticky.
By: Dr. Jennifer Lee
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