Lip service

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From nasty cold sores to painful chapping and cracking, winter can wreak havoc on our lips. Keeping our kissers protected against the harsh elements is paramount. Here are six products that can help.

Carmex Lip Balm

This ubiquitous balm in the yellow-cap jar has been soothing sore, chapped lips since 1937. It contains lanolin, cocoa butter and beeswax to moisturize and the cooling effects of menthol and camphor .

Price: $1.67 for 7.5 g at Walmart

My Favourite Night Balm

Lips as rough as sandpaper? At bedtime, apply a thick coating of this eight-hour overnight recovery cream from C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries for “intense moisturization.”

Price: $7.59 for 10 mL at Bath & Body Works

Abreva

It’s often starts with a tingly sensation on your lip before an ugly sore sprouts up. Containing docosanol, this non-prescription cream can help keep the sore from spreading.

Price: $19.99 for 2 g at Rexall Pharma Plus

Polysporin Cold Sore Healing Patch

If you already have a cold sore and want to keep it under wraps while it heals, these transparent adhesives are handy. Designed to relieve pain and itching and reduce contamination, they acts as a protective barrier that lasts up to eight hours.

Price: $19.99 for 15 patches at Shoppers Drug Mart

Sweet Lips Lip Scrub

Slough away flaky, dry skin with this gentle scrub that tastes and smells like yummy chocolate. Contains vanilla extract to moisture and castor sugar to gently exfoliate.

Price: $9.95 at Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

mark. Make it Rich Lip Color Crayon

When your lips are cracked, lipstick tends to bleed, making your pout look anything but perfect. These super-smooth pencils are a shiny lip gloss and liner in one.

Price: $12 for 2.8 g at avon.ca

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