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How to avoid chapped lips during the winter

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While chapped lips may be inevitable, there are certainly ways to get a better grasp on the issue during the winter. Consider these tips.

While chapped lips may be inevitable, there are certainly ways to get a better grasp on the issue during the winter. Consider these tips.

If you’re a living, breathing human being, chances are you’ve had chapped lips before. But this annoying condition is especially prevalent during the winter months, according to dermatologist Francesca Fusco.

“During cold weather and in low-humidity environments, moisture escapes quickly through the top layer of skin,” she told Allure.

You’d think avoiding cold temperatures and covering your mouth with a scarf while you’re outside would be enough, but talking and eating contributes to dry lips too.

“And because you’re always moving your mouth, healing cracked lips is an extremely slow process,” she added.

While chapped lips may be inevitable, there are certainly ways to get a better grasp on the problem during the winter. Consider the following tips for a smooth and supple pout:

Find the right lip balm
If you have severe cracked lips, lip balm with a waxy formula won’t benefit you one bit. Consider finding a product that’s made with petrolatum, shea butter, hyleuronic acid or dimethicone – ingredients that can will hydrate your lips properly.

Exfoliate your lips
Coating scaly lips with layers and layers of balm isn’t necessarily the cure-all to your problem. You need to get rid of those flakes, not drown them in gunk. Use a lip exfoliator or a wet wash cloth to remove the dry skin. Pat your lips dry and then apply a single layer of lip balm.

Avoid licking your lips
Your first instinct may be to lick your dry lips, but StyleCaster stressed that this habit will dry them out even worse. The acid in saliva that breaks down food, but it also negatively impacts your pout.

Stay hydrated
Don’t lick your lips to moisturize them. Instead, consume more water. Drinking enough water during the day keeps your skin – lips included – hydrated and less likely to crack. Natural Remedies recommended six to eight glasses of water every day.

Sleep with a humidifier
To combat the cold, dry air of winter, sleep with a humidifier on. The moisture in the air will keep your lips from drying out while you rest, and it’ll benefit the look and feel of your skin as well.

Don’t consume salty or spicy foods
Did you know that the foods you eat have an impact on the condition of your lips? If they’re dry and chapped, blogger Lauren Conrad recommended avoiding salty and spicy food items. They’ll irritate your lips even further and cause inflammation.

Apply lip balm during your nightly bedtime routine
Brushing your teeth and cleansing your face are lightly two staple tasks in your bedtime routine, but that means applying lip balm should be too. According to Allure, certain toothpastes, mouthwashes and skin cleansers can alter the pH balance of the skin. This, in turn, leads to chapped lips. Just make sure you’re finishing the routine with a swipe of lip balm to avoid developing a cracked pout while you sleep.

Visit the dermatologist
If you’ve given all of these tips a chance and you’re still not noticing a difference, it’s time to reach out to a dermatologist. You may be living with chronic chapped lips, or an allergic reaction to something. WebMD said it could also be the sign of a serious infection that needs to be dealt with. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your doctor if you feel like the issue is out of your control.

If you’re not used to applying lip balm on a regular basis, you may need to give yourself a daily reminder to avoid chapped lips. Just set the timer on your Baby-G watch every morning, afternoon and night so your pout is always properly moisturized.

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