For kissing, pursing, sipping champagne and more, there’s nothing sexier than a beautiful mouth with soft, smooth, plump lips. During cold weather months, dry, chilly air can wreak havoc on the lips’ tender skin, causing chapping, cracking and peeling. Unsightly for sure, but damaged lips can also be painful. There are tons of products on the market to help with healing, but time, hydration (a good lip balm) and eating well can all aid. An expert quoted by Women’s Health recently talked about how keeping lips moist and pretty requires the body to “constantly replace old skin cells with new ones.” What might help “regulate turnover so that it happens all the time?” Walnuts. Packed with Omega-3 fats, walnuts and fish are considered foods that may help ensure healthy lips.

Walnuts are meaty, distinctly flavored and rich in polyunsaturated fats. Technically, walnuts are the seed of a drupe, not a true botanical nut, and they’re the oldest known tree food, dating back to 10,000 B.C. Considered medicinal, walnuts are said to help battle bad breath, reduce inflammation and heal wounds. Introduced to California in the 1700s, walnuts have long been a popular salad ingredient.

One serving of walnuts, one ounce, is about 12-14 shelled halves or ¼-cup. Cracked and eaten out of hand, walnuts are also delicious added to yogurt and baked goods, or tossed onto oatmeal.

In addition to eating walnuts to enhance lip health, there are some great treatment and cosmetic products on the market. Lip scrubs made with fine sugar and emollients are great for helping reduce dry, flaky skin. Best done in the shower, gently rub a small amount of scrub across closed lips, taking care to rinse well and gently pat dry. Follow with a lip balm in the morning before lipstick, and slather some on again at night before bed.

With lips in top condition, statement-making and trendy matte lip creams look especially beautiful. Even those who only wear a bit of color or gloss will see improvement in lip texture and product staying-power.

From designer to drugstore, there are exfoliators, balms and treatments for all.

Super Scrubs:

French Girl Organic Rose Lip Polish

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish

Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub

Sarah Happ the Lip Scrub

Tarte Maracuja Lip Exfoliant

Lush Lip Scrub (bubblegum, popcorn and mint flavors)

Best Balms:

Sarah Happ The Lip Slip One Luxe Balm

Dior Crème de Rose

Chantecaille Lip Potion Balm

Rodin Olio Lusso Lip Balm

By Terry Baume de Rose

Glossier Balm Dotcom

Lite+Cycle Organic Lip Save

Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream

Maybelline Baby Lips

eos Lip Balm

Love List

Aesop A Rose by Any Other Name Body Cleanser

Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe – Shade 3

SK-II treatment Essence

Odacite A Spring in Tokyo Purifying Serum

Rodin Olio Lusso Luxe Lipstick in Billie on The Bike

Chanel Glossimer in 03 Glaze