27/08/2010 17:03 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Easy Tips To Treat Chapped Lips

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Everyone knows that dry, flaky lips are almost inevitable during the winter months. Not only are they exposed to the elements (wind, cold air, etc.), but the indoor heat is equally as dehydrating. Sadly, however, the cold season isn't the only danger zone. A bad case of chapping can strike at any time of year and as the weather begins to change between seasons your smackers become especially vulnerable.

The most obvious thing to do for chapped lips is to moisturise. But it's important to know your ingredients: look for lip balms with beeswax, shea butter, vitamin E and emollient oils (think jojoba), all of which intensely hydrate and replenish lost moisture.

Another tip: stop licking. It may temporarily make your lips feel better, but saliva dries quickly, sucking moisture from the lips, which leads to greater chapping.

Using a humidifier at night could help relieve some dryness, too. The moisture from the humidifier restores the moisture your dry indoor heat has taken away.

Those easy tips should keep you in the clear so now all that's left is to pick your favourite new shade of lippy for autumn and get apply liberally.