You’re at the restaurant, or just getting ready for your date and you realize that your lips are ragged, peeling, and not very kissable. You could panic, or you could follow these tips to get out of the situation and avoid getting into it again.

If you need a quick method to get kissable lips, some sugar and water will be a lifesaver. You can even make do if you’re at a restaurant. Subtly palm a packet or two of sugar – not sweetener or artificial sugar, but the real kind – and head for the restroom. After washing your hands, dump the sugar packet into one hand, get your other fingertips wet, and then mix the water and sugar in your palm. When you have a grainy paste, dip your index finger into it, then rub it in circles around your lips from one side to the other, all the way around. Rinse off your lips with water and quickly seal with chap stick to lock in the moisture. Of course, you can do this before the date, too.

Maybe you’re at home and have a bit more time to get ready. If so, find a soft toothbrush and dip it in warm water. Then, rub it in circles over your lips to exfoliate and get the dead skin or flakes off, leaving your chapped lips smooth and fresh.

A washcloth can help do the same thing. Soak the washcloth in warm, but not hot, water. Then, rub the cloth over your lips, gently but firmly, for a minute. Don’t keep doing it too long or rub too hard, or you may crack and damage your lips. This works particularly well before you go to bed, or during your morning shower.

Vaseline is another popular choice; you can apply it periodically throughout the day, or leave it on overnight and wash it off in the morning. It will help to moisturize and protect your lips at the same time, and it’s an easy method to use.

Make sure your lip balms are hypoallergenic, and use one with an SPF if you can find it (it may cost a bit more, but it’s worth it). Lip balms or lipsticks with fragrances, those designed to be long-lasting, and those with phenol among the ingredients often dry out your lips more than others, so try to stick to natural or basic ones.

Stay out of the sunshine, and make sure you drink plenty of water. This is especially important in the summer, but winter can dry out and irritate lips, too. While seeking kissable lips, avoid any lip balm or lipstick that is flavored. The chocolate, candy, strawberry or vanilla flavors may taste delicious, but you’re going to constantly lick your lips if you wear it. Saliva doesn’t moisten your lips for long – it actually dries them out more in the end. The same goes for junk foods that will leave residue on your lips and dry them out even more.

Kissable lips are entirely possible – within a few minutes, or for a more long-lasting effect, within just a couple of days. If you’re getting ready for that hot date, never fear. Try one or more of these methods and you’ll impress everyone!