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We’ve all been there – you pucker up to kiss bae and catch yourself licking your lips right before, trying to impart some form of moisture to a chapped situation. Not only is this less than sexy (ahem, ideal), it’s also a lost cause because that’ll only make them dry again in seconds.

So why do we get chapped lips and what’s the best way to deal? We turned to the lip expert and creator of the first-ever Lip Scrub, Sara Happ for the answers. “Extreme dryness and cracking can be caused by harsh weather, travel, and more, and our lips are the only part of our body lacking oil glands, so they really can’t help themselves,” she explains. “They are going to dry out if you don’t topically hydrate them.”

Well considering winter is a real B, we’re willing to throw some money at the problem in the name of #selfcare. Find our top lip picks below (and one DIY scrub you can whip up in your kitchen), then get to work before February 14th. 💋

Our Fave Lip Products:

jouerSource: Jouer

Jouer Smoothing Sugar Lip Scrub, $16: A miracle deslougher that does it all: buffs away the flakies, soothes with jojoba, sunflower, and grapeseed oil, and masks early signs aging with rosemary extract.

best lip balmSource: ReVive

RéVive Intensité Moisturizing Lip Balm, $60: We like to call this one our lip balm on steroids. Ultra-rich emollients condition and nourish, while a cooling tip provides relief to a scaly pucker. There’s a reason it’s $60 and it’s well worth it.

best lip balmSource: Nugg

Nügg Hydrating Lip Mask, $10: This all-natural, vegan lip mask is formulated with coconut oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter to intensely pamper dry lips and it’s Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free. Double bonus.

best lip balmSource: Dior

Dior Lip Glow, $34: If your kisser is on the pale and parched side, refresh it with Dior’s magic stick that hydrates as it infuses a flush of color.

5Source: Dennis Gross

Dennis Gross Skincare Hyaluronic Marine Collagen Lip Cushion, $30: This tiny tube comforts and protects, thanks to hyaluronic acid, marine algae, and a magical thing called VoluMax Complex, which minimizes lip lines and strengthens the lip border at the same time.

best lip balmSource: Sara Happ

Sara Happ The Dream Slip, $34: Hit the pillow and let The Dream Slip take care of the rest, replenishing lost moisture with sweet almond oil and calming chamomile overnight.

best lip balmSource: Winky Lux

Winky Lux Pug Pout Lip Balm Kit, $22: How can you resist this face?? Make sure your own face is as adorable (and kissable) as this pug’s on Valentine’s Day, with Winky Lux’s bestselling Matcha Lip Balmand Creamy Dreamies in the shade Leche.

DIY Lip Scrub:

“Sugar and cinnamon work as effective, yet gentle, exfoliants to achieve smooth, kissable lips. Plus, cinnamon is also a great lip plumper, so you’ll get a little extra pout action after use – perfect for a Valentine’s Day date!” – Gabriel De Santino, makeup artist and founder of Gabriel Cosmetics.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small resealable container (like a makeup sample jar) since you’ll have enough for a couple of uses.
  2. Mix well, then apply a dime-size amount of the scrub to your lips in a circular motion to slough off dead skin.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water and follow with your favorite lip balm.

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