The easiest way to prevent dry lips is by protecting them from windy, dry or cold weather with a lip balm that features a small amount of sunscreen and an emollient such as lanolin. Lip balms that contain beeswax or petroleum help retain moisture in the lips.
Another way to prevent dry lips is by not using lip gloss or lipstick with alcohol or other drying ingredients. Dermatological medications such as acne medication, anti-aging medication or face masks can also dry out the lips. When using any sort of medication for the face, avoid getting it on the lip area.