If you’re coping with chapped lips right now, then you know winter weather doesn’t help things. The cold, dry air really does a number on our lips.
So, even if you’ve just started having problems with chapped lips here are 5 helpful tips to protect your lips and prevent chapping.
1. Day and Night Winter Lip Care
Believe it or not, many lip products like lip stain and lipstick can actually cause lips to dry out. So it’s important to find lip balms that moisturize and protect.
During the daytime, highly recommended lip balms (without SPF) include 1. Beauty by Earth Lip Balm and 2. Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. For nighttime, try something a little heavier. Highly recommended nighttime lip balms to reduce dryness while you sleep include 3. Neosporin Lip Health Overnight Renewal Therapy and 4. Qtica Intense Lip Repair Balm.
2. Stop Licking Your Lips
Yes, this can be a habit that’s challenging to break when faced with chapped lips. Try to keep lip balm handy and be sure to use unflavored lip balm (like this one from Sol Sunguard made with olive oil and rosemary extract) so you’re not tempted to taste your lips.
Also, make sure to stay hydrated. When you become even slightly thirsty, one of the body’s initial reactions is to start licking your lips. Constant wetting and re-wetting causes dry, cracked lips.
3. Exfoliate Your Lips
You can help exfoliate your lips by brushing them lightly when you brush your teeth. This will help remove some of the exterior dry skin. It smoothes out your lips and can help prevent chapping. There are also lip exfoliation products, (like Mary Kay Satin Lips) or Beauty for Real Hydrating Lip Scrub)designed to also remove the dry flaking on the lips.
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4. Foods and Medication
Just like some common ingredients can cause lip irritation, food and medications can too. Topical medications like Retin-A can cause severe drying.
Food allergies like wheat and dairy can cause lip irritation and chapping. Food begins digesting as soon as it enters your mouth. The saliva begins to break it down. If you have a food allergy or sensitivity, it can immediately affect your lips.
5. Check Your Beauty Products
Dry, irritated, and chapped lips can also be caused by an allergic reaction. Lipsticks, lip balms, and even toothpaste can cause irritated lips. Flavorings, colorings, and even seemingly helpful ingredients like oxybenzone found in sunscreen are potential allergens.
If you suspect a product is causing your lips problems, stop using the product for ten to fourteen days. If your lips improve, then you’ve found your answer. If they don’t improve, you can resume using the product and try eliminating something else.
If you suspect a medication (including prescription medications) or a food is causing your chapped lips, talk to your doctor before you stop taking your medicine.
With a little extra protection and attention, you can help keep your lips comfortable all winter long.