By Ying Chu
Q: My lips are so dry and painful. What should I do to overcome this?
A: Ouch! Start with this three-step plan of attack and, however tempting it is, don't lick your lips it will only dry them out more.
1. Place a humidifier in your bedroom and your office, if possible, to add moisture to the two rooms you probably spend most of your time in.
2. Choose a deep-penetrating lip moisturizer that creates a physical barrier to prevent moisture from escaping. Since your lips don't have any oil glands, you need something super-rich. I swear by Smith's Rosebud Salve and La Roche Posay Ceralip Repair Cream you can buy both in drugstores. Find one you love and always keep it by your side, reapplying every hour, or more, as needed. P.S. Avoid antiaging treatments and long-wearing lipsticks as they can often be a bit drying.
3. At least three times a day, do a simple lip mask with an ultra-thick layer of balm Vaseline or Aquaphor do the trick. Leave it on for five minutes and then gently tissue it off. It'll soften your lips and gently get rid of flaky skin.