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Feeling a bit tight-lipped today? You're not alone: Winter's cold temperatures bring about chapped lips
. “As the weather cools and the air gets drier, the skin barrier is broken, leading to cracks in the outer layer, loss of hydration, and eventually inflammation,” says Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, dermatologist and founder of Entière Dermatology
in NYC. Before you reach for your nearest lip balm, have you taken the time to read its ingredients
? While all balms make lips feel hydrated upon application, if they’re formulated with petrolatum, there’s a good chance your pout will actually feel even drier with wear.