Don't ignore the lip balms. They can help recovery and to my own experience those that contain aloe vera do the best job. Aloe vera is known for having self-recovery properties and both ChopSaver and Aloe Lips with Jojba from Forever Living Inc. seem to do the best job on tired lips (at least on mine). Being a Forever Living Consultant I am tempted to advice you to get the Aloe Vera Lips but both will do, just have a look what is available to you. If both...buy both and decide for yourself, none of both will hurt you. And as said above, be nicer to your lips from now on. However, lip balms are not a good excuse for beating up yourself.