Sometimes it can feel like no matter how much lip balm you apply, your lips are still chapped – or sometimes even more so. The secret to healing chapped lips once and for all? It might already be in your skin care routine.
It’s the middle of winter so chapped lips may seem inescapable. Thankfully our colleague Abby, a Soko Glam customer experience associate, has let us in on a hack that she used to get her lips to stop begging for moisture for good.
Back in October, Abby was searching for a solution for chapped lips and decided to try a little experiment: She began applying hyaluronic acid serum directly on her lips under an occlusive lip balm.
If you’re not familiar with hyaluronic acid, it’s a humectant, meaning it replenishes moisture by pulling it from the deeper layers of skin and/or the environment. It also helps skin retain moisture, and provides a plumping effect.
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“If I was applying my balm at home, I would use The Plant Base Waterfall Moist Balanced Hyaluronic Acid 100 because it’s 100% hyaluronic acid and I felt it was a good option to test if this would work for me. Once I saw that it was working, any time I wanted to apply a lip balm at work, I would use the COSRX Hydrium Triple Hyaluronic Moisture Ampoule,” she told us.
While humectants help increase skin hydration, to keep skin moisturized, you need to seal it all in with an occlusive formula.
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Abby has a number of favorites in her rotation, ranging from drugstore classics to K-beauty innovations including Aquaphor Lip Repair, Mamonde Lip Sleeping Mask, Klavuu Nourishing Care Lip Sleeping Pack, and Smile Direct Club Lip Balm.
In addition to retaining moisture, these products serve as a barrier, protecting lips from the cold weather elements.
This easy hack is ideal for anyone like Abby who struggles with chapped lips and has yet to find that perfect lip balm. And the best part is if you already use a hyaluronic acid serum on your face, you don’t even need to buy a new product.