As the weather gets colder, our lips become drier. If you’re like me, you’re always on the lookout for the perfect lip care, especially during the winter. There are so many options to choose from: Vaseline (my favorite), classic lipstick, or maybe Carmex?

A good sensation of the influence and designer of fashion and beauty Charles Gross shares that his secret to moisturized lips is something we all use for cooking: olive oil.

“The product I use on my lips to prevent them from getting chapped, I’ve been using it my whole life. It seems to be so ingrained in my muscle memory, such an important part of my day, that I don’t really consider it part of my regular skin care or any other routine. It’s almost like taking vitamins,” Gross says in his Tik Tok video.

“It’s olive oil! I apply olive oil every morning and night after washing my face. If my lips are chapped, I add some salt or sugar to olive oil, scrub my lips, dry them, then add more olive oil,” shares Gross.

“It doesn’t have to be expensive. You don’t need to buy artisanal olive oil for your lips. Just a drop, rub it in and move on! You’ll soon forget it’s even part of your routine, but your lips will be glowing.”

Talking to artist and esthetician Saffron Hughes explains why using olive oil can have a huge impact on our skin in winter.

“Olive oil is full of fatty acids and antioxidants and has moisturizing properties. Our lips, especially in winter, can become dry and damaged. Olive oil is an excellent moisturizer, especially when applied to damp skin. It acts as a second skin barrier for dry, chapped lips and absorbs easily into the dehydrated area,” says Hughes.

Savash Altan, medical esthetician Vera Clinic, also agree. Lips get chapped because they don’t have the oil-producing glands found on the rest of the body,” Alton says.

“As a result, the lips produce less oil to keep them moist, so applying oil to the lips is beneficial to prevent dryness, as well as to nourish, soften and protect the lips from dehydration and chapping. They will also give your lips a glossy shine while adding moisture.

But why do our lips get drier in winter?

According to Alton, there are several reasons for this. “Cold air and wind contrasted with centrally heated air can cause chapped and dry lips.”

“The skin on the lips is much thinner and more delicate than on other parts of the body. Also, the sensitive skin on your lips is usually not covered even in the winter, so they are more susceptible to the effects of winter weather than the rest of your body,” Alton adds.

How to moisturize lips in winter?

“In the winter, it’s important to keep your lips hydrated by applying a non-irritating lip balm, moisturizer, or lip oil several times a day and before bed,” says Alton.

“If your lips are very dry and chapped, try a thicker ointment like Vaseline. Some people may be sensitive to some fragrances, so try fragrance-free products.’

Alton continues: “It’s also important to use lip products with sun protection factor (SPF) when you’re outside, as our lips are just as susceptible to sun damage as the rest of our skin, so it’s important to protect them even in winter. This extra sun protection will prevent sunburn, which can worsen chapped lips.”

Biting or picking your lips can make the problem worse. “If your lips are dry, don’t lick them because the saliva evaporates, making your lips drier, so apply a lip balm or oil instead,” Alton explains.

“When going outside, you should cover your lips with a scarf to protect them from harsh and cold weather. Finally, it’s important to stay hydrated by drinking water. Drinking plenty of water can help keep your skin and lips hydrated, although dehydration is not the only cause of dry lips, it can be a contributing factor.’