I find that during the colder seasons dry lips are a problem for many of us. This is mainly because as the air starts to lose its moisture this begins to effect our skin and lips.
Here are a few tips and trips to help you prevent and treat dry lips.
1. Stay hydrated
I believe most people think their lips are dry due to lack of moisture from a lip balm. However a major contributor to moist and healthy lips is water. Most of the time when my lips are dry it is because I am dehydrated or because I have been drinking juice and fizzy drinks rather than water.
Drinking water is important both for your general health and also for maintaining moist lips.
2. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!
Regular exfoliation is important as it helps remove dead skin on the surface of the lips. Especially if they are chapped and/or peeling. There is nothing worse then overloading peeling lips with vaseline! I find using a soft toothbrush a simple and effective way to exfoliate my lips – this leaves them soft and also adds a rosy colour to my lips.
You can also opt for a honey and sugar paste to exfoliate or use other household staples such as coffee.
3. Don’t lick your lips!
As tempting as it may be, licking your lips when they are dry is one of the worst things you can do. Saliva contains acid which irritates the lips and dries them even more. In addition, licking your lips continuously can remove its natural oils.
4. Breathe through your nose
As funny as it may sound, breathing through your mouth can make your lips dry. Make a conscious effort to close your mouth and breathe through your nose.
Here is a list of my favourite lip balms/moisturisers:
- La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Lips – I use this overnight when I feel my lips are very dry.
- Murad soothing skin and lip care
- Carmex moisturising lip balm
Prinny Rae x
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