One mistake you're making that makes your chapped lips worse

Deanna Pai


Chapped lips are the scourge of the winter season. (Actually, it might be a tie between that and slushy sidewalks.) By mid-winter, we're either biting off the dead skin (it's weirdly satisfying), brushing away flakes, or giving up and accepting that we're just going to have to save the matte liquid lipstick for March. Even if you do take the initiative and stock up on your favorite balm, you might find that it's still not enough—because it's not. There are other, sneaky factors making your chapped lips worse, and you won't find the solution in a tube.

We asked the experts to explain exactly why your lips are so dry and chapped—and what you can do about it:

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