Lip Care in the Wintertime: Healing Lip Balms and Salves

Healthy lips are a popular goal, but windy weather and indoor heating during the wintertime often get in the way. How can we make rough, dried out lips soft again? We asked beauty expert Dr. Murat Dagdelen, specialist in plastic and aesthetic surgery

Lip Care in the Wintertime: Healing Lip Balms and Salves

Lip balm is, supposedly, addictive: this rumour has persisted for years. In an interview with comprigo, beauty expert Dr Murat Dagdelen clears up these myths, among others. But here’s a solid fact: lips need more care in the wintertime. Dr Dagdelen, a specialist for plastic and aesthetic surgery from Düsseldorf, also reveals to us the most important aspects of lip care.

Full Lips from Lip Gloss?

Expert Dr. Murat Dagdelen

Dr Dagdelen, you often work with people who are unhappy with the appearance of their lips. Is it possible to make lips more beautiful with the right care? 

Dr Dagdelen: There are nourishing lip gloss products that contain chilli and thus promise a “boosting effect”. However, this effect doesn’t last long and only occurs due to increased blood circulation to the lips. With the right care, lips can become smoother, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles. However, such products do not actually make lips fuller.

The Importance of a Balanced Diet

What makes lip care so difficult?

Dr Dagdelen: Lips do not have sebaceous glands and cannot rehydrate on their own. If you have dry lips, you should use a protective lip balm daily and reevaluate which beauty products you’ve been using. Oftentimes, unsuitable beauty products can cause skin irritations. Vitamin deficiency, in particular, a deficiency of vitamin B2, can lead to dry lips and skin. Foods such as dairy products, avocados, broccoli, meat and fish are a good source of vitamin B2.

Protect Your Lips from Dry Air

Do lips need more attention in winter than in summer? 

Dr Dagdelen: Yes. Moisture in saliva evaporates quickly in indoor areas which are being heated, which leads to brittle lips. Due to this and other factors, lips need even more care during the winter.

Pharmaceutical Treatments

How can I recognise good lip care products or which ingredients are best for my lip care regimen? 

Dr Dagdelen: Fat, as contained in Vaseline, can works wonders. I also recommend chemicals often used in medicine, such as dexpanthenol. This active ingredient is often found in creams from pharmacies. Medicinal plants such as marigold are also suitable as ingredients in cosmetic products because of their anti-inflammatory and healing effects. In icy temperatures, cold protection creams also help to put a nourishing coat on the lips.

Lip Balm Won't Solve the Problem

Woman using lip balm

Again and again, we hear that lip balm has “addictive” effects, making it difficult to stop using the product. Is this really the case? 

Dr Dagdelen: This myth is simply not true. However, lip balm does not eliminate the original cause of cracked lips, which is dry skin. So, if a regular user of lip balm stops using it, it may seem that the symptoms of cracking or dried lips suddenly reappear. However, this does not mean dependence on the product. A general tip: drink a lot of water! If your body is hydrated, then your lips will rehydrate much easier.

Anti-Ageing Lip Care?

On the other hand, there is anti-ageing lip care, which contains hyaluron or elastane. What can I expect from these products and how are they used? 

Dr Dagdelen: They are applied just like normal lip balm. Cell and collagen production is stimulated with these products and provides lips with replenished elasticity. Antioxidants contained in these products counteract the skin ageing process and re-moisturise skin.

To Exfoliate or Not to Exfoliate

Lips with sugar on them

How useful are lip exfoliators or lip masks?

Dr Dagdelen: Exfoliating can be particularly helpful as they stimulate the blood circulation and moisturise from the inside. Lip masks have the same properties as lip balms because they put a protective coating around the lips and supply them with fat.

Lip Exfoliator: DIY

You can easily make an exfoliant yourself. Here’s one recipe:

  • Mix 1 teaspoon olive oil or coconut oil with some sugar and honey. The mixture should be nice and smooth. 
  • Gently scrub the mixture into your lips.
  • Let the scrub sit for a few minutes. You can even lick or remove the excess sugar.
  • Be sure to use lip balm afterwards.

What other products can make your lips soft and tender? Here are our favourites:

Burt's Bees Natural Tinted Lip Balm

  • Natural ingredients
  • Long-lasting protection
  • Comfortable texture
  • Not vegan
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Beeswax is the basis of this moisturizing lip balm. Together with coconut and olive oil as well as shea butter, this care makes dry lips velvety soft again. The texture is easy to apply, retains moisture and protects lips for up to eight hours. The tinted balm is available in six subtle shades and is a good alternative to lipstick, especially in winter. The natural product is free of parabens, phthalates and petrolatum.

Beurre De Levres Lip Balm

  • Fullens lips
  • Balm and exfoliator in one
  • Pleasant scent
  • Easy application
  • Relatively expensive
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This moisturizing balm contains five vegetable oils, including olive oil and jojoba oil. The balsam has a softening effect and makes the lips beautifully supple. This is mainly due to acacia sugar, which gently peels the lips. The lip balm is also suitable as a base for lipstick. It gives off a delicate scent of peach, lemon and rose.

Marble Hill Lip Salve

  • Organic quality
  • Ideal for sensitive skin
  • Helps even cracked, bleeding lips
  • Vegan and cruelty-free
  • Texture may not be perfectly smooth
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This lip salve consists of 100% quality natural ingredients. Shea butter soothes irritated skin and vitamin E supports healthy skin. Pure, cold-pressed argan oil contains fatty acids which ensure maximum hydration. It contains no parabens or petroleum jelly, making it perfect for sensitive skin.

Apivita Lip Care with Propolis

  • Completely natural
  • Nice texture
  • Not vegan
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Propolis is considered a natural antibiotic and remedy from the beehive. This lip care also contains beeswax, olive oil, and balsam oil. It is particularly suitable for brittle and cracked lips thanks to vitamin A and avocado oil. Lip balm containing propolis is a natural way to heal and repair lips.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Intensive Lip Repair Balm

  • Good price-performance ratio
  • Helps with cracked lips and corners of the mouth
  • Visible regeneration
  • Product comes without applicator
  • Contains mineral and palm oils
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A very firm balm that can be applied overnight if needed. Particularly suitable for cracked and very dry lips. Nourishes and regenerates the sensitive lip area with vitamins A and E, shea butter and arnica oil. The balm comes in a glass container and has a pleasant menthol scent.