Are you lips dry and chapped? The freezing weather we’re having at the moment can cause havoc on them, but it’s not the only culprit. The sun, dry air and the wind can all strip moisture from our lips, causing them to become dry and cracked. If you’re one of these unfortunate souls, fear not. Follow the tips below and your pout will be smiling again:
1. Don’t lick your lips!
When lips are dry and cracked, it’s really hard to resist the urge to lick them to get some relief. But you have to. While your lips may feel better for a few minutes, saliva can make moisture evaporate, drying your lips out even more.
2. Wear lip balm
Lip balms hydrate, moisturize, make lips soft and can help heal dry lips. However, not all lip balms are good for lips, especially when they are chapped. Avoid those that contain camphor, phenol and alcohol. Camphor is used to give lips a tingling and cooling sensation which gives lips a temporarily relief but also irritates them. Phenol is an irritant as well while Alcohol dries lips.
Always wear lip balm (vaseline works just as well too) before putting on any lip products and apply it before going to bed too. I do this every night and while some people laugh at me and think I’m mad, I always wake up with soft and moisturized lips the next morning.
I know that exfoliating is probably the last thing you want to do, but if done with a gentle scrub it can be beneficial for lips. That’s because exfoliation removes the upper dead skin cells, allowing lip treatments to be absorbed, and therefore perform, better.
4. Wear sunscreen
UV rays can damage lips even more, so make sure you opt for lip balms, lipsticks or glosses that contain SPF any time you go out to protect your pout.
5. Wear hydrating lippies and glosses
Even if your lips are chapped and dry, you can still wear lipsticks and glosses, as long as you choose products with a moisturizing texture like Lancome Color Fever Lipstick, for example.
6. Go to the doctor
If you’ve tried everything and still your lips haven’t improved, then you should go visit a doctor. Dry lips can be a symptom of an underlying condition, like vitamin deficiency for example, and your doctor will be able to diagnose the problem and prescribe the appropriate treatment for your condition.
Do you have other tips to heal or prevent chapped lips?