So long, chapped lips.

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Winter is rough on a gal's face. The cold, biting winds don't care that you're having to moisturize out the wazoo to compensate for the toll they're taking on your once-dewy skin, and the constant back-and-forth from your too-hot house to the frigid chill of the great outdoors does a wicked number on once-smooth lips. And, of course, it's during this delightful season of full-on facial rebellion to the elements that the social calendar is stacked, and you've got to get glammed up every other night. Can't a girl catch a break?

I'm pretty low maintenance when it comes to my beauty routine, but I'm never without some kind of something on my lips: For a night out, I'll go with a swipe of bold color or a festive gloss, but otherwise, I keep it fairly simple. When it comes to lip balms, I've tried them all. And while I love the refreshing coolness of Sweet Mint eos organic lip balm, or the work-ready tint of Burt's Bees Hibiscus Tinted Lip Balm, there's only one I can count on to keep my lips from becoming chapped and cracked in the cold winter months: Blistex Lip Medex.

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I have a friend's mother to thank for introducing me to the healing powers of the humble, petroleum-jelly-based wonder that is Blistex Lip Medex. I'd showed up to her home in Charlotte for my friend's debutante ball fresh off of winter finals week, looking a little worse for the wear after a week of late nights, early-morning cram sessions fueled by coffee, and absolutely zero energy for maintaining any kind of beauty routine that would protect me from winter weather.

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My friend's mother took one look at my chapped, cracking lips and handed me a small blue pot of my now-cherished Blistex Lip Medex. "Keep it," she said.

And I did, lathering on the camphor-infused protectant morning and night, the menthol cooling my winter-blistered lips, while the petroleum jelly soaked in to give my dried-out pucker some much needed moisture. After a few days of using it, you could no longer tell that I'd put my poor lips through the winter-weather ringer. Success.

It's thick – and a little gooey – so it's not what you want to put on before heading out for a night of festivities, but adding it to your bedtime routine will give you soft, moisturized lips that are ready for whatever festive lipsticks you're planning to wear this season.

And the best part? You can scoop up this itty-bitty miracle worker from Walgreens for $1.69 – cheaper than your morning latte. Go ahead and buy a few to keep in your purse: Your friends' lips might need saving this winter, too.