Now that winter is upon us, are your lips starting to become dry, cracked and flaky? Unfortunately, this is just one of the few things that might happen with the dry weather, but there are definitely ways to take care of your lips and keep them as moisturized as possible. If you want to improve the look and feel of your lips, here are some tips to care for them:
- Always wear lip balm. Your lips don’t have oil glands like the rest of your skin does, so they are always exposed to the elements.1 Lip balm can help protect your skin from the elements. When choosing a good lip balm, check the ingredient list for petrolatum and dimethicone. Petrolatum helps lock in moisture, while dimethicone helps seal those cracks you often get in very dry lips.1 You can also look for lip ointment or creams. Some lip balms also contain medicine that helps very chapped lips. Apply lip balm often and always apply before you wear lipstick or lip gloss. Take it with you wherever you go to make sure you apply it often.
- You may also need extra protection when outdoors in the wind and cold.1 Wear a scarf and cover up your lips when you are exposed to the outdoor elements.
- Drink more water. If you don’t drink enough water and become dehydrated, your skin and your lips will be affected.1
- Use a humidifier, especially at night. It will help give your skin and lips extra hydration and it will replenish them as you sleep.1
- Don’t pick your lips or lick them. While licking your lips might feel like you are hydrating them in the moment, it actually takes moisture away from your lips as the saliva dries.1 Also, the skin on your lips is very delicate. When you pick, peel or bite at the skin on your lips, it could cause more irritation and slow the healing process.1
- If your lips are very flaky, avoid exfoliating them, for now.1 Just keep applying a good quality lip balm.
- If your lips do not get better after following these tips or other redness, bleeding or irritation occur, see your doctor. You may have an infection that needs a prescription medication or cream.1
Do you always get flaky and chapped lips in the winter? What is your favorite lip balm to use? Share with us by commenting below!
1 – Information from WebMD