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Fix for Dry Lips

By January 27th, 202131 Comments

Fix for Dry Lips
Naturallycurly writes:

Repair for dry lips can be found by mixing 1/4 tsp oil (olive or grapeseed works best), a pinch of salt and 1/8 tsp sugar. Apply to lips and cut an orange in half (not lengthwise but against the segments). Apply remainder of mixture to the orange. Gently press the orange to closed lips and twist the mixture covered orange over the lips gently for a few minutes to exfoliate. Rinse and follow with lip mask. For lip mask, mix 1/4 tsp sour cream, 1/4 tsp honey, 1/2 tsp oatmeal flour, 1/8 tsp olive oil, 1/4 tsp dry milk, and a few drops of orange juice. Apply to lips. Remainder can also be used on face or other dry areas. Before bed, cover lips with Vaseline to lock in moisture.

— Marina Valmy, director of Christine Valmy skincare company

CN Asks:

Have any of you ever experienced your lip gloss causing thin lines of white gunk in the corners of your mouth? What the hell is that?! How can it be prevented?


  • Candice says:

    I put lanolin on my lips. When my first child was born, I noticed after several months that she never had dry lips. I used to put lanolin on after each time I nursed her, and I later figured out that it was because she always had lanolin on her lips. I figured, it it's good enough for her lips, it should work for mine. Five years later, I still use lanolin on my lips before bedtime.

  • Agbeke says:

    I use this shea butter based lip balm and it's amaaazing. They were party favors at my aunt's birthday so I snatched several up and I can't use anything else now. I think it's basically shea butter and some yum additives for the scent but it works like a charm. It's shinnier than chapstick but a little less than lip gloss, it keeps my lips soft all day and it's also got some UV protection. I just need to figure out where she ordered them from so I can keep it coming. If not I'll just have to make my own because this stuff is the best.

  • stephanie aka scrapandthecity says:

    build your gloss when you put it on. thin layers.

  • Iesha says:

    I just put on some chapstick before I put on the lip gloss. That usually stops the lip gloss and saliva from gumming together like that. It always worked for me! Try it!

  • Kayla says:

    A MAC representative told me that the white stuff is dry flakes that you have rehydrated with your lip product.

  • Bitty Boss says:

    ^^ Good tip KrisNatural. Water intake definitely plays a part in dry skin formation ANYWHERE on the body.

  • KrisNatural says:

    The white lip gloss and corner goo may due to dehydration. Make sure you're drinking plenty of water. Shoot for 8 glasses a day to start and try rinsing your mouth and lips well after teeth brushing. I find that I'm most likely to end up with gloss goo if I brush my teeth and immediately apply chapstick or lip gloss.

  • Anonymous says:

    I get that while line too when wearing lipgloss. For me I think its mostly whn using Beauty Rush gloss by Victoria's Secret. I call it GLOSS BUILD-UP! LOL I remember I wrked in a store in the mall and my coworkers would have it a lot! I'd whisper..ummm u have sum uhh GLOSS BUILD-UP forming!

    They'd say, What?, and I'd jus say go look in the mirror… lol

    But yeah that's only when I use that SUPER STICKY lipgloss. And for exfoliation I use the washcloth at times, but I'm usually just drinking a buncha water and using my berts bee's excessively lol..

  • Anonymous says:

    I exfoliate with my toothbrush and then apply my Burt's Bees Honey Lip Balm. That's it!

    I used to get the white gunk when I wore lip gloss. Now that I wear lip balm its not a problem at all.

  • Anonymous says:

    Get some vaseline and keep it moving lol

  • Anonymous says:

    I've experienced the same white film shortly after brushing my teeth. I've come to the conclusion that the film is the end result of spittal and toothpaste residue.

    Therefore, I wait a few minutes before applying any lip stick or gloss. After waiting a few minutes. I take a wet cloth and wipe inside the rim of my mouth and the film is removed (can see it on cloth). Then I follow up with my lip routine. I haven't had the problem since.

    Hope this helps : )

  • Anonymous says:

    I would not feel comfortable telling anyone about the white stuff for fear I would be accused of offering an unsolicated comment…

    The white residue has nothing to do with drinking water…

    As someone else explained, it is a build up of skin cells and other particals that the sticky lip gloss is attracting. It is comparable to applying a thick layer of moisturizer to your feet, your skin will easily shead dead skin with light rubbing…i.e. moving the lips, talking,…

    Or…if you don't have on lip gloss and have white spittal on the corners of your mouth, you may have a yeast infection of the mouth or thrash…good luck with that…


  • Moni says:

    I only get the white line when my lips are very dry. Moisturizing from the inside and out prevents it. I try to drink lots of water. I also apply lip balm, especially before bed, after brushing/eating/drinking, and before applying lipstick or gloss. Licking your lips just make it worse because when the water evaporates it dehydrates your lips even more.

    @Danni: It sounds like you might be allergic to something in the lip gloss. I'd stop using it if I were you. The skin on the lips is pretty thing, so something can irritate your lips even if you can use it on the rest of your body. For example, I have no problem with mint shampoos or lotions but most mint in lipsticks/glosses irritates my lips and makes them feel like they're burning. I always read the labels on lip products, especially lip balms, since they often contain mint.

  • Tommie says:

    YESSSS I get the white lines! And why won't people tell you – I hate when i'm with someone and I pull out my mirror and I see it….YOU SUPPOSE TO TELL ME! Help a sista out LOL!

  • Unknown says:

    i get those white lines sometimes and cant stand em UGH

    but i use a tooth brush or wash cloth to exfoliate and follow with vaseline or carmex, usually carmex…its the truth lol

  • KayB says:

    I don't think I've ever had that white line, but then again, I've always applied lip balm under my lip gloss. Maybe this helps (see posts about vaseline)

  • Bee says:

    Don't mean to kill the high… but FYI all of you using Vaseline or something of the type (lip gloss, chap stick, baby oil, etc) do know that it contains mineral oil and petrolatum.

    Sorry, I'm merging out of a conversation on how "bad" that stuff is, yet many naturals jive around with it; using it for other parts of their body. But would curse the momma of one who uses a hair product containing it.

    I still don't know a concrete SCIENTIFIC reason for why its so "b-a-d" for us….

    -rant over-

  • Anonymous says:

    I like using Rimmel London Royal Glosss with Vitamins in a delicious flavor in #701 Cookies, it reminds me of pralines covered in chocolate. You can find this at Target.

  • Anonymous says:

    Maybelline never fails me! All the other lipglosses i try leave the dread white line that nobdy tell us is there.

    I like Maybeline shinesensational lipgloss…come in different colors.

  • Janae says:

    …or you could just drink more water, which most people don't do to begin with. I don't think "lip mask" is necessary. People need to drink more water.

  • SaBrina says:

    Well all of these tips sound very good, just as long as no one has the characther that um, Dave Chapelle plays of the crack addict Dave with the white ass Then none of these ideas will help

  • CashmereKinks says:

    Viva Woman recently put up a post/discussion about this:

    I personally put on aloe vera gel, then carmex post teeth brushing morning and night. if i keep my lips moisturized after that (water and more carmex occasionally if at all), i usually don't have a problem.

  • Anonymous says:

    Yes. I have had the biggest problem with matte lipstick or any lipstick that has an intense color (i.e. the deeper the color, the more drying it is). So, I have been sticking with the ultrahydrating (less intense color) lipsticks. HTH

  • Danni says:

    Has anyone ever had the problem of lipstick or lip gloss causing your lips to peel excessively?

  • Kristen says:

    Well, I try to drink a lot of water to prevent excessive dry skin, but skin is usually dry. Once a week I do a complete body scrub from head to toe. It's a mixture of honey, olive oil, and brown sugar. I use this on my lips as well.

  • Anonymous says:

    That white stuff is a combination of dead skin cells from the mucosal surface of the mouth, dead skin cells from the lips- occurs more commonly when one is not well hydrated because dehydrated skin in and around the mouth is more susceptible to effects a salivary acids. So , in addition to using emollients on the lips, make sure you are well hydrated from the inside.

  • Anonymous says:

    Yeah I thought it was an mix of the bodies acids or something. How to fix??? Karissa, I get the same. Vaseline is a gift!!! I can't use much on my lips, they break out, yep!!! So basic chapstick or vaseline is all.

  • Anonymous says:

    I love to use either Jao lip balm ( has a bunch of natural products like shea butter in it ) OR One Lip TuneUp Balm -Coconut Flavor. I apply it a lot to my lips and my boyfriend's lips and kiss, kiss, kiss until we both have well-moisturized lips. Sounds weird, but it works and it's fun!

  • KeetaRay says:

    OMG I hate that dreaded white lip gloss line. I get that sometimes, too. I have yet to figure out what causes it and how to prevent it.
    Like @Karissa, I also exfoliate my lips every night with a washcloth after washing my face, and then apply Vaseline. Works well for me.

  • Karissa says:

    I always thought that white gunk was old lip gloss that has interacted with your saliva. Sometimes I get that white line just on the inside of my lip, like where the outer part meets the inner part if that makes sense.

    Also, at night after I exfoliate my pout with a wet cloth, I apply a layer of vaseline while my lips are still damp from the water. In the morning, my lips are kissably soft and moist!

  • Unknown says:

    i just use my toothbrush to rub off the dry skin after i brush my teeth. then i follow up with chapstick or gloss.

    supple lips! :)

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