How to protect lips in winter

Excuse me a moment … my lips are talking to me. Well, not so much talking as screaming.

They are not happy. It’s been at least 35 minutes and 23 seconds since my last lip balm application.

They are at cracking point and they want me to do something about it.

Let me silence them quickly with one of many lip balms I have within arms’ distance.

Yes, my name is Nikki and I’m addicted to keeping my lips balmy and pucker-ready all day, every day – but especially in winter.

If you’re looking for some tips on how to protect your lips in winter then you’ve come to the right place.

You could also look in my handbag, on my desk, on my bedside table, in my car and in my bathroom.

I feel naked without some kind of something on my lips and in between adding pops of colour – when I’m working at my desk, exercising or heading off to sleep for the night – it’s always a balm that I reach for.

how to protect lips in winter

Clockwise from left: NIVEA Pure & Natural Olive & Lemon lip balm $3.98 | People for Plants Organic Lip Balm Pink Grapefruit and Sweet Fennel $9.99 | Caroline’s Lip Balm $11.50 | Go-To Skincare Lips! $14.95 | Lanolips Banana Balm $15.95 (exclusive to Priceline from July 3, other stockists August 3) | Burt’s Bees Hydrating Lip Balm with Coconut & Pear $6.95 | Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Lip Balm with Dark Chocolate and Cherry $3.49

How to protect lips in winter

1. Drink lots of water. Or herbal tea. In summer I have no problem in keeping up my water intake. I’m hot and sweaty and water cools me down. In winter I have to force the habit a little and if it’s cold I find making a pot of herbal tea (peppermint or lemon and ginger during the day; chamomile at night) helps.

2. Cleanse your lips if wearing lipstick throughout the day. I love a pop of lippy as much as the next person but most lippies do not have the nourishing power of a balm. They are mostly on hand for their good looks and that’s ok. The key is – like the rest of your make up – to take it off thoroughly at the end of the day. A face cleansing wipe usually works for me but stubborn, long-lasting lipstick may need a helping hand with an oil-based eye makeup remover or something as simple as coconut or olive oil.

3. Exfoliate your lips. You can do this once a week as a way to help shift any dead skin cells on your lips and make your balms work better or it might be something you need to do more frequently because no matter how much water you drink, the outside elements might prove too much for your lips, leaving them flakey and in need of some immediate TLC. Some people use their toothbrush to exfoliate (when lips are wet). I prefer to gently use the corner of a face washer on wet lips. Gently rub and then pat dry before applying a super nourishing balm. This is best done at night before heading off to bed.

4. Make it a mission to find a lip balm that loves your lips as much as you love it. This is a highly subjective process and comes down to personal preference plus what conditions your lips might find themselves exposed to. You might prefer a tube balm  (Go-To Skincare Lips!, Caroline’s Lip Balm, Lanolips Banana Balm) over a stick balm (NIVEA Pure & Natural Olive and Lemon, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Dark Chocolate and Cherry or People for Plants Pink Grapefruit and Sweet Fennel, Burt’s Bees Hydrating Lip Balm with Coconut & Pear). You might only have lips for an all-natural product (Caroline’s Lip Balm, Go-To Skincare Lips!, People for Plants Organic Pink Grapefruit and Sweet Fennel lip balm, Burt’s Bees Hydrating Lip Balm with Coconut & Pear). You might like a thicker formulation that sits on your lips. You might prefer a lighter balm that soaks its goodness into your lips. You might like a little flavour on your lips (Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Dark Chocolate, Lanolips Banana Balm, Cherry or People for Plants Pink Grapefruit and Sweet Fennel). Keep playing and trying until you find your perfect lip match.

5. If you’re spending a lot of time outdoors with your lips then an SPF is a must. Outdoors lips also need a lip balm formula that offers super nourishing qualities. You want that balm to step up and buffer what the elements dish up to your lips. Out of the above, I’d opt for Lanolips Banana Balm – it’s also a great one for treating your lips overnight.

So tell me … how do you look after your lips? What’s your favourite lip balm and why do you like it?

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  • Robyn S

    Home made lip balm is the best…check out the recipes online and for a modest investment you can easily make enough lip balm to get you and your family/friends through winter with very happy lips. The bonus is you know what’s in it and can tailor the balm to your personal taste. Mine is a combination of shea butter, cocoa butter, macadamia oil, beeswax and macadamia oil and I love it! Basically, for the cost of one commercial product you can make about half a dozen. So easy and fun.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      So clever Robyn!

  • Angie B

    Burts Bees for me – and with a hint of colour it is great for me, and also if the little Princesses want a swipe, its not too scary as most times they miss their lips and end up with the clown from hell face

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Yes and a good natural product that kids can use safely!

  • Katie

    I’m at home with my two young kidlets so I need kissable lips all day. I prefer something that absorbs & moisturises with no residue, and my favourite is Aesop Rosehip seed lip moisturiser. A little goes a very long way. It was a present from my hubby for Xmas, and I’ve barely made a dint on it!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Oh lovely Katie – love all Aesop products!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Oh lovely Katie – love all Aesop products!

  • The Plumbette

    You’re right about finding the right balm for your lips. Some balms make my lips worse so I have to be careful what I put on them. I use Carmex and Vaseline but apparently Vaseline isn’t good for your lips? Chapstick always dries my lips. I’d like to give Burts Bees a go. My husband hates dry lips too and sometimes if we are out and about I ask if I can borrow his ‘lippy’. Does Mr Styling You use lip stuff?

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Yes, Mr SY steals all my stuff – I had bought two tubes of Lips! and he took one! My son takes them too!! Lucky I have lots around.

  • http://soniastyling.com/ Sonia from Sonia Styling

    I’m hearing you, Nikki! My lips are hating the winter weather here in Adelaide. I need to get (gently) exfoliating regularly – love the face washer tip. I’m trying very hard to keep up my water intake and have become a herbal tea nut in recent times. My current fave lip balm is Go-To Skincare Lips! I’ve also just bought a jar of coconut oil from the markets and I’m going to use Nic’s tip and use it as a lip balm at night.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Yes do that – coconut oil is the business!

  • Reannon Hope

    My lips were not happy lately. They were dry, cracked & flakey. Soooooo in a stroke of genius ( or pure laziness ) I used Lansinoh, yes the cream they give you in hospital for cracked nipples, and BAM! Happy lips :)

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Hello – I did that all the time when I had babies and baby stuff around!

  • Julie

    I’m like you Nikki, I have them stashed everywhere and never leave the house without applying some sort of lippy first. I find Blistex excellent for clearing up any flakiness quickly and I like that it comes with an SPF. Once it’s absorbed I usually put another coloured gloss (usually Chap stick) over it unless it’s a lipstick day. Thanks for the recommendations – I’d like to try the Burt’s Bees coconut and pear. xx

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Great recommendations from you Julie!

  • Diana

    I’m a paw paw girl through and through. Have them everywhere – Uni bag, next to my bed, bathroom etc. although I do love the maybelleine lip balms for a pop of colour and the Nivea coconut one you featured ages ago! Hooked!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      So easy to get hooked Diana!

  • Nic

    Coconut oil fan here… It’s solid at room temperature so works like other balms. Can also mix with shea butter for an all-over body butter, and on its own as a makeup remover. Also excellent as a pre-wash moisture treatment for hair.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      It’s a genius product that’s for sure Nic x

  • Lela

    Another Burts Bees fan here, love the tinted lip balms they do.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      They are fantastic Lela!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      They are fantastic Lela!

  • Sally

    Does anyone recommended a good foot and hand cream in the winter. I have dry feet and hand due to the winter weather. I cannot seem to find one that I like.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      I love Lanolips Rose Balm Intense for this http://www.lanolips.com/au/range-hands-nail/

      • Sally

        Thanks for your help,

    • Polka Dot Bride

      Soap and Glory hand Food (and they have a food version) from Kit Cosmetics. Smells awesome. absorbs quickly!

      • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

        Thanks Ms Polka Dot!

    • Catherine Yarham

      I have had terribly dry skin – my legs were bleeding & I thought I was getting bitten by insects! It took me years of trial and error to find something that worked. I found a Holy Grail in Moo Goo – both the “Full Cream” and the MSM Smoothing Cream worked wonders for me. Aveeno also worked but then I realised they test on animals!

  • http://countrygypsies.blogspot.com Lisa @ countrygypsies

    Love lip balm. Wear it both summer and winter. Can’t apply it enough today as the wind gusts are almost blowing my lips off!

    • Emeila L

      I know the winds are strong. Walking the kids to the school gate, my daughter I hope Mary Poppins staying indoors today as the wind is too strong for her. I am always running out of lip balm and now I am teaching my daughter to use a lip balm. my hubby and son uses one for men as they intend to have dry flakey lips in the wind.

      • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

        My whole family is on board too Emelia … stay warm and safe today!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Need a thick one!!

  • Zoey H

    I have to wear lip balm in summer and winter as my lips intend to peel and my lips start to bleed. I love Burts Bees as it is all natural. I cannot wear lipstick due to the irritation but love Burts Bees tinted lip balm looks like lipstick on but feels like a lip balm.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      I’m an all-year-round girl too!

  • AmandaJ

    Yes Nikki lip balm is a must especially in winter. I love love love my Burts Bees with peppermint…..so nourishing.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      And yummy!

  • Melissa Gibbs

    I’m with you Nikki. I’ve got lip balm stashed all over the house. I have tunes in my home office, in my bed side drawer, in the lounge room, in the kitchen, in my handbag, at my work office, in the car, in my make up bag. I’m pretty happy Chap Stick, Nivea, Lanolips, but I’m not a huge fan of the Go-To lips.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Here’s to our lip balm obsession Melissa – it’s a very individual thing that’s for sure!

  • Emily

    Lips! by Go-To is AMAZING! I have used so many different lip balms, and this one ACTUALLY WORKS. It conditions and soaks in, which means you don’t need to reapply every 30 minutes! Definitely worth the investment for gorgeous lips!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Emily – I bought two tubes and my husband took off with one of them – because of all these things. It also from his perspective doesn’t feel or smell like a girly balm.

  • Lisa

    The best tip was given to me by a dentist – anhydrous lanolin in a jar from the pharmacy about $6. It’s best put on overnight and works a treat.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Excellent tip – the medical grade lanolin is key.

  • Erin

    I was always a Paw Paw die hard, until a particularly nasty bout of chapped lips (actually, the skin around my lips ~ SO PAINFULL!) and Paw Paw only made it worse. One morning during a nappy change I thought “screw it, can’t hurt…” And put Bepanthen (yes, nappy rash cream) on them. The next morning, my lips were PERFECT, and I’ve never looked back!!!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Ouch! May have been a bit of dermatitis so that’s why the Bepanthen was a winner for you. I too slipped some on back in the day of the babies!! Also the Lansinoh I had around for cracked nipples worked a treat too!

  • colleen

    I love Palmers, but seem to be the only person that can’t use paw paw, it did nothing for me. Plain vaseline also works for me buy none of the natural ones I would prefer to be using!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      I think like everything it’s a matter of trial and error as to what works best for your lips – plus people like the feel of certain balms or ointments better too.

  • merliyn

    morning nikki, I love the sound of the palmer’s one with chocolate and cherry … yes please cherry ripe for me!
    we use bert’s bees wax and lucas paw paw ointment.
    I’ve decided if I can’t eat it then I’m not putting it on my lips!
    I must have eaten a ton of preservatives and poisons in my life time lippy usage ! … out they go! … lol m:)X

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      It is scrumptious Merilyn! And yes it’s a good policy of if you can’t eat it then not on your lips. Just check the ingredients of the paw paw ointment.

  • PrincessEatsPeaSoup

    I am always wearing either a balm or lipstick. I exfoliate my lips in the shower with a washer. I have balms in my handbag, beside the bed and beside my armchair so I have it handy at all times. I like Lanolips Lemonaid, Blixtex Lip Conditioner and Nivea Lip Care in Milk and Honey.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Were we separated at birth? Think you’ll love the new Banana Balm from Lanolips too.

  • Pam

    I recently made my own for the first time and I love it. It’s just a mixture of shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax. ..can’t remember if there was anything else, I added peppermint essential oil after I melted yge other ingredients together. It was dead easy and has the best texture. I just googled for the rrcipe.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Oh brilliant Pam!

  • http://www.styleonv.com/ Vicki | Style On V

    I do not use lip balm that often, I use paw paw ointment if my lips need moisture while out and about. V x

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      You are very lucky indeed Vicki!

  • Nathanael

    Speaking of exfoliating lips, Lush do these incredible lip scrubs which seem to be made of sugar, some oily substance, tasty Flavour and magic. They have the added advantage, it seems, of increasing blood flow to the lip that gives them a nice plumpness. I always follow with a balm that contains cocoa butter so you get the moisture without looking like a teenage girl being introduced to her first lip gloss

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Yes they do … they are beautiful and LOL re teenage girls and lip glosses!

  • http://irismaystyle.com/ Bev | Iris May Style

    Beauty Confession: I never use a lip balm. Maybe it’s time I started! x

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Your lips mustn’t need it Bev … mine are dependent!