Whether this is your thirtieth Chicago winter, or, like, your first, you'll probably notice that the air gets a little dryer and that lip gloss you usually only put on right before a kiss needs a permanent place in your pocket.
According to Dr. Bruce Katz, M.D., board certified dermatologist and Director of the Juva Skin and Laser Center, it's important not to forget about your lips when dry winter weather starts to affect you.
"The lips are part of the skin and should be properly moisturized," said Katz. "Avoid lip products that contain petroleum. People who are regular users of petroleum-based lip balms are on a continual drying cycle - the more they use the drier their lips become."
Whether you spend most of the days indoors at the will of your building-controlled heat or you're a runner and frequently exposed to cold, harsh winds, some of these lip products might help keep you smiling until springtime.
jane iredale LipDrink™ - SPF 15: With a base of macadamia nut oil, LipDrink feels moister on the lips than traditional balm. It contains antioxidants like green tea extract, Vitamin E and C, along with active sunscreen ingredient of edible zinc oxide for an SPF 15 and broad-spectrum sun protection. Available janeiredaledirect.com, 5.2g, $12.
La Mer: The Lip Balm: Known for its luxurious emulsion that helps lips feel smoother and softer, The Lip Balm uses a proprietary formula known as Miracle Broth™ with marine extracts, botanicals and vitamins to regenerate the delicate lip skin. It delivers moisture, helps to soothe lips and prevent damage.
Available cremedelamer.com, .32 oz, $45.
Burt's Bees Beezwax Lip Balm: A pocketbook mainstay, Burt's Bees is known for its all natural products with ingredients like honyecomb, coconut oil and leaf extract. It isn't quite as moisturizing as some other brands, but it's perfect to keep in your pocket for a day of skiing - it's easy to replace and won't irritate skin. Available burtsbees.com, .15 oz, $3.
Smith's Rosebud Salve: With cottonseed oil, aromol and essential oil, this multi-purpose lip balm has been popular for over 100 years. The soothing balm is a great natural looking lip gloss and protects lips from the elements. It does contain petroleum and can be drying, but people swear by it and its floral scent is addictive. Available Sephora, .8 oz, $6.
Mychelle Minerals Lip Plumping Gloss: With a revolutionary all natural non-petroleum formula, including a lip plumping peptide called MaxiLip™. I don't know that they'll turn you into Angelina Jolie, but you'll have safe healthy lips with a beautiful, natural color and high shine. Available Mychelle.com, .36 oz, $27.
What are your favorite ways to prevent chapped and soothe dry lips?
Several of the products mentioned in this article were provided to me at no cost by their companies. All statements made her are 100% accurate and truthful.