How to Combat Dry Chapped Desert Lips

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The heat is here to stay, and with that comes the drying out of everyone and everything. One of the biggest gripes I hear from locals is that they just can't seem to keep their lips hydrated. Between losing their chapstick all the time or having it completely melt if it gets left in the car, it can be hard to keep up with. Here are a few tips, tricks, and products to try out to beat the heat. Let's get your pout summer-ready.

Opt for jar packaging.

When you're running around town and need a swipe of something hydrating for your pout, instead of continually purchasing a tube of chapstick, try a lip balm that comes in a jar. Tube chapsticks just melt and make a mess in the summer heat. A jar container may melt, but it will reform and still be useable after it cools off. Pick up a jar of Carmex for under $2 at local drug stores to keep in the car.
Carmex | Fresh Beauty | Laneige

Use an overnight lip mask.

Instead of letting your lips dry and crack while you sleep, put them at ease with a lip mask. Many brands now offer thicker versions of your favorite chapsticks to wear at night. They don't come off as easily and often you wake up with hydrated lips. My personal favorite is the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask.

Found at your local Sephora or online at, this $22 jar of thick, creamy lip balm will coat your lips as you sleep, leaving you with soft, supple lips in the morning. I use this consistently every night before bed and it has all but eliminated the cracking and drying that used to occur overnight. It comes in a myriad of flavors and a little goes a long way. One jar of this will usually last me two or three months with consistent use.

Another great overnight option is the Fresh Beauty Sugar Hydrating Lip Balm. A jar comes in at $18 and is available in a wide range of colors and flavors. Their passionfruit flavor is my personal favorite, but there are so many to choose from. They also offer a great variety of lip balms in a stick form that comes with an SPF 15 in them. Keep these ones out of the car as they will melt and lose their shape and consistency.

Use lip products with SPF in them.

Along with the heat is the ever-present sunshine we enjoy here in Arizona. Some may not realize that you can get a sunburn on your lips, especially on your lower one. According to a Healthline report, sunburns can turn your lips red, blistery, and swollen. Instead of risking pain and skin damage, opt for an SPF lip balm.
Supergoop! | Pacifica Beauty | Sunbum

There are plenty of SPF options in the lip balm category. SunBum has an SPF 30 product for $4 at Ulta beauty. Supergoop, a beauty brand that focuses on SPF infused products, carries an SPF 40 lip balm for $22, found online or at Sephora. Pop into Target to pick Pacifica's SPF 15 lip balm for $3. There are plenty of options at all budget levels.

Avoid drying ingredients.

Steer clear of ingredients that can further exacerbate dry lips. If you see camphor, menthol, or phenols in the ingredients list, avoid those if you can. According to an article on, these ingredients are often added as an exfoliant to help rid the lips of dry skin. But if they're used consistently they can lead to irritation and further drying on the lips. Instead look for coconut oil, glycerin, or hyaluronic acid. These types of ingredients draw hydration into the lips, giving them volume and moisture.

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