How to Take Care of Your Lips During Winter

Do you know how to take care of your lips during winter? Winter is a challenging time of the year, especially for people who are prone to getting chapped lips. Thanks to the cold wind outdoors and the dry, heated air indoors, winter weather wreaks havoc on our lips.

Lips require care all year long, but they need extra attention in the winter months. It's easy to forget about our lips during the winter, but it's just as important to take care of them as it is during any other season. Read on to learn how to care for your lips this winter and how to keep your lips healthy and hydrated.

Why do your lips get chapped during winter?

The skin of our lips is thin and more delicate than the rest of our skin. Our lips also don’t have any sebaceous glands to produce sebum, which acts as a protective barrier to keep your facial skin safe from harmful elements. All of these factors make your lips more vulnerable to things like wind and dry indoor heating, both of which we get in abundance during the winter.

How do you take care of your lips during winter?

Since your lips are especially sensitive, you can’t just slather regular skin lotion on them and call it a day. You need to help them restore moisture using natural lip balms, which contain ingredients perfect for hydrating and protecting your lips.

When choosing a lip balm, make sure to steer clear of any balms containing ingredients like camphor, eucalyptus, menthol, added fragrances, and parabens, since these can result in increased dryness. You should also look for beneficial additives like vitamin A to keep your lips healthy and vitamin E to protect from the sun – since the sun is still producing harmful UV rays, even in the winter.

Here are a few more tips to keep in mind during the winter months:

  • Avoid habitually licking your lips since the enzymes found in saliva dries them out more and can contribute to a buildup of yeast around your lips.
  • Keep yourself hydrated – while dehydration isn’t the main factor behind chapped lips, it does contribute, so remember to drink enough water throughout the day.
  • Get the most out of your lip care routine by exfoliating at night and applying your lip balm right after.
  • Make sure to get enough vitamins and minerals by eating more fruit and leafy green vegetables.
  • Don’t chew or peel your lips when they’re flaking, since doing so can create cracks and painful sores.
  • Remember to apply your moisturizing lip balm any time your lips are feeling dry to prevent cracks and potential infection.

Homemade lip balms to use during winter

If you’re looking for a lip balm to use during winter, you might be tempted to run out and buy a name-brand lip balm from the store. However, store-bought lip balms typically contain added preservatives and chemicals, not to mention fragrance and coloring, that can contribute to drying your lips out even more.

Instead, you can make your own lip balm out of all-natural ingredients. Making lip balm is super quick and can save you money in the long run. But the best part about homemade lip balm is that you know exactly what you’ll be applying to your lips.

Need some inspiration? Here are a couple of our favorite homemade lip balm recipes for the winter:

DIY Peppermint Lip Balm Recipe

This peppermint lip balm smells great and provides a nice, soothing coolness as well. We use shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil in this recipe to help moisturize your lips while leaving them feeling soft, smooth, and minty cool.


  • 2 tbsp shea butter
  • 2 tbsp beeswax
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 10-12 drops of peppermint essential oil


1.    Melt the butter and beeswax using a double boiler over medium heat

2.    Add the oil and stir well

3.    Remove from heat and add the essential oil

4.    Pour into lip balm tubes

5.    Allow mixture to cool and solidify for around 30 minutes

DIY Mint Cocoa Lip Balm

This lip balm uses beeswax, cocoa butter, olive oil, and castor oil to keep your lips hydrated, and – bonus – it smells delicious. We’ve also added spearmint essential oil for an extra boost of fragrance and healing.


  • 1 tbsp cocoa butter
  • 1 tbsp beeswax
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp castor oil
  • 15 drops of spearmint essential oil


1.    Melt the butter and beeswax using a double boiler over medium heat

2.    Add the oil and stir well

3.    Remove from heat and add the essential oil

4.    Pour into lip balm tubes

5.    Allow the lip balms to cool and solidify for around 30 minutes

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About the Author: Jenni Mac

Hi, I’m Jenni! I am a health and beauty blogger that loves making homemade beauty products. I have been blogging for over three years now, my first blog is - it is all about natural products, DIY skin care, inner beauty, and anything else to do with natural living.

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