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5 Derm-Approved Lip Products You Need in Your Beach Bag

  • Bliss

    Beauty Sitch: Flaky Lips

    If your lips are feeling flaky, it may be time to show 'em some love and exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. Try Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub ($18; It smells sweet and is really effective at smoothing out gritty flakes that can mess with your makeup. Plus, the action of exfoliating gets the circulation going in your lips, leaving them extra vibrant and super plump.

  • Sephora

    Beauty Sitch: Little Lips

    If you're looking to add a bit more volume to your lips, seek out a product with hyaluronic acid (HA) listed as an ingredient. HA is a naturally occurring substance that we have in our skin, but unfortunately it fades as we get older. But it absorbs water, leaving the surrounding tissue lubricated and firm. To get the same effect, try Dior Addict Lip Maximizer High Volume Lip Plumper ($33;

  • Vaseline

    Beauty Sitch: Dry Lips

    There's nothing worse than running your fingers over your mouth and wondering if you've mistakenly landed on a Brillo pad. Lips can start to feel like that thanks to sun, snow, wind, heat, age, hormones, the wrong facial products, and not drinking enough H2O. All body parts thrive more when there's a barrier intact and water is effectively trapped, which is why Vaseline Lip Therapy ($4; works great. Vaseline is the ultimate hydrator, and the old-timey little container it comes in is irresistible. But if you start using it and the situation doesn't get better, you may need to consult with a dermatologist to rule out the possibility of a vitamin deficiency or an allergy.

  • Walgreens

    Beauty Sitch: Sunburnt Lips

    Next time you're going to be out in the sun, don't forget to put SPF on that smile—protecting your lips from ultraviolet damage means shielding against potentially aggressive skin cancers, precancerous lesions, and even brown discoloration. Use a nonchemical product such as Vanicream SPF 30 Lip Protectant ($5; to avoid future problems, and apply every two hours while you're out in the sun.

  • Abreva

    Beauty Sitch: Cold Sores

    Simply put, cold sores are manifestations of a herpes simplex virus (HSV). They initially occur when the skin comes in contact with the virus, and then they can reoccur in the exact same spot months or years later. Flares tend to happen most when your immune system is weakened, when you're menstruating, or when you're getting a lot of sun exposure. And sometimes it's just a case of bad luck. Unfortunately, HSV is painful, blistery, and can take multiple days to heal (though it will eventually resolve itself). But if you're dealing with a cold sore now, try over-the-counter Abreva ($14; Its antiviral properties can minimize disruptive and uncomfortable symptoms.


Mona Gohara, MD

Oberlin-bred feminist, Yale-trained dermatologist, mother, Virgo, and lover of all things Broadway, tulle, and 80's. Favorite TV show: the Mindy Project because beauty and brains are a wonderful thing. 

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