All about chapped lips

The best ways to prevent and treat dry and cracked lips. Chapped lips are very common, especially during the winter months. Knowing the steps to take to prevent them is crucial to keeping lips smooth and beautiful.

What causes dry lips?

Dry, chapped lips can be very uncomfortable, so it’s important to know what the main causes are to help you prevent them.
Your lips are sensitive to the cold

Everyday causes of chapped lips

The winter months can take their toll on your lips and leave them cracked and dry. Extremely cold temperatures, wind and low humidity strip them of their moisture, so using a good lip balm is essential for replenishing this moisture.

Everybody suffers from sore, chapped lips sometimes – they’re more common than you might think and you may not even know the effect your lifestyle has on them.

Leading a busy and often hectic lifestyle is normal nowadays, but too much stress can take its toll on the thin and delicate skin on your lips. Being constantly on the go and not stopping to relax can leave your lips feeling sore and under-nourished. Coupled with lack of sleep, this can have an even greater effect on your lips’ health, because your lips regenerate as you sleep.

Another factor that often causes chapped lips is dehydration. They do say that what you put into your body is what will define how it looks on the outside. Experts recommend drinking about two litres of water per day (or eight glasses), which will keep cells hydrated and lips looking smooth. It’s good to keep applying protection externally too by using a lip balm like Labello Med Repair to soothe and provide long-lasting protection against dryness.

The best ways of preventing chapped lips

You don’t have to live with chapped lips – there are steps you can take to prevent them.

Lip care –keeping lips smooth and healthy

As the skin on your lips is much thinner and more delicate than the rest of the skin on your face, it needs special care to stay healthy.

A good way to remove flakes of dry skin is by regularly using a lip exfoliating product to reveal the smooth skin underneath.

Take care when you do your face routine

When you do your regular face care routine, take special care around your lip area. Use a lip balm for dry lips like Labello Med Repair and apply that frequently to keep lips feeling wonderful.

The do’s and don’ts for preventing chapped lips


  • Do stay hydrated
  • Do try and breath through your nose and not your mouth
  • Do use a humidifier to keep moisture levels up in the room


  • Do not lick your lips excessively
  • Do not go outside on a cold day without using a good lip balm
  • Do not forget to use a lip product with SPF to protect against the sun

How do I know what product is best for my chapped lips?

There are a range of products on the market to help repair and nourish chapped lips and it’s important to find the one that’s right for you.

Lip butters like Labello Buttercream Vanilla have a rich, buttery formula and provide intense moisture, making them great for the winter months. If you’re looking for a lighter texture, a lip balm like Labello Hydro Care absorbs more quickly, but still provides long-lasting protection and will leave your lips feeling wonderfully soft. If having a hint of colour is more your thing, a fruity Shine formula with a beautiful shiny finish could be just what you’re looking for.

The power of lip butter for chapped lips

Lip butters like Labello Lip Butter Vanilla&Macadamia with shea butter and almond oil and provide dry lips with instant relief and moisture. Their special formula leaves lips feeling wonderfully soft.

5 quick tips for dry lips

  • Never pick at flaky skin on your lips
  • Skip the matte lip sticks and choose more moisturising products
  • When it comes to food, reduce citrus fruits, spicy food and too much salt
  • Try wearing a scarf around your mouth when it’s very cold
  • Always remove lipstick before going to sleep

Say goodbye to chapped lips: Great treatments and remedies

There are lots of ways you can treat sore and chapped lips using just what you’ve got at home.


Honey has wonderful moisturising and antibacterial properties when applied directly to the lip area several times a day.

Shea butter

Shea butter contains Vitamins A and E, which are both perfect for soothing and moisturising chapped lips. 


Cucumber is a very simple and natural remedy for dry lips that you’re bound to already have at home. Try gently rubbing a small slice of cucumber over your lips and leave its juice on for 15 minutes or so before washing off. This will make your lips feel much smoother.

Don’t let chapped lips stop you from kissing

Having a good lip care routine and making use of home remedies should keep chapped lips away so that you can enjoy kissing your partner with your smooth lips whenever you please – kiss away!

Know when to seek medical help

If your chapped lips are particularly persistent or painful despite having good lip care, it’s best to see your GP immediately. Severe chapped lips could be an indication of other medical issues and it’s always better to get it checked out early.