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"To create soft lips, exfoliation is very important, but many people forget to do it. Sugar is a great, natural way to exfoliate and buff the lips for a smooth surface. It works as a scrub to remove dry, flaky skin. However, if too much is used too often, you can actually cause more irritation to the lips. Find a lip exfoliator that contains sugar [or make your own by combining oil and sugar]. In small circular motions, rub the exfoliator over the lips and wipe away the skin that falls off."

Quick & Easy Natural Fixes for Chapped Lips

By Megan McIntyre, Refinery29

Flakes, painful raw patches, that annoying white ring of dead skin

around your mouth - chapped lips are hella glamorous, no? Sure, you can

slather on balms to combat a parched pout, but sometimes we feel those store-bought lip salves do nothing more than get us hooked on the stuff. Natural remedies to the rescue!

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We checked in with dermatologist Dr. Marina Peredo to find out which

natural wonders would work, well, wonders on our chapped mouths. Here,

she's laid out the five ingredients that can cure your chapped lips, plus the pros and cons of each, how to use them most effectively, and why each is an essential in her winter beauty arsenal. Read on to learn the secrets to healthy, hydrated lips.

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