Got a daily facial routine down pat? Good for you! Now what about your lips?
They deserve attention too.
Wind, UV rays, cold temperatures can all do a number on your lips.
And then there’s the damage you’re capable of doing yourself – be in licking, or worse, picking.
Remember to moisturize and use sunscreen on your lips just as you would other areas of your skin.
Look for lips balms containing SPF 30 or higher and accomplish both tasks with just one swipe.
Sometimes you can develop an irritation or allergic reaction to ingredients that are added to lip balms for marketing purposes. Botanicals, colorings, flavorings, fragrances – all these things can annoy particularly sensitive skin and do more harm than good.
Drink plenty of fluids
It’s important to stay hydrated because your mouth and lips suffer quickly from the effects of dehydration.
Cracked lips are never attractive and can be quite painful.
There’s also a tendency to want to pick at the flaking bits of skin which can lead to bleeding and other damaging results.
Lick your lips
In a pinch, when your lips are dry, you might think to solve the problem by licking them. Unfortunately, saliva only draws moisture out of your lips as it evaporates, leaving them drier than before. Much better to keep a chapstick or similar in your pocket or purse to moisten and protect.
Over moisturize and over exfoliate
But some people act as if they’re addicted to their chapstick, swiping it across their lips constantly, the problem it's the tendency to lick your lips more hence overdrying them.
Over exfoliating will also cause your lips to get sensitized and irritated so keep this at 1 time per week use.
Fighting chapped lips this winter?
What helped you?