Surviving Chapped Lip Season
When the temperatures drop, do you find yourself reaching for the lip balm more often? If so, you are not alone. Most people experience chapped lips during the winter, although you can have chapped lips any time of year. Dry skin, after all, is timeless.
Don’t be discouraged by your rough, flaky, dry, or cracked kisser. We’ve got plenty of tips and lip care products to help you out this wintertime. But first, let’s learn a little more about chapped lips and how to prevent them.
Chapped lips are more than just a pain; they can actually be quite painful. Also known as cheilitis, chapped lips occur because your lips have no oil glands to keep them lubricated. They can dry out easily, especially when the air is colder and less humid.
If you tend to lick your lips frequently, you may be drying out your lips unintentionally, thanks to your saliva. Even certain medications – we’re looking at you, acne and wrinkle treatments – can leave your lips less than kissable.
And don’t forget sun exposure; what UV rays do to the rest of your skin can also happen to your mouth, which is yet another reason why you should always use sunscreen, even on your lips.
You don’t have to know the cause of your chapped lips to know you’ve got them. Dryness, flakiness, cracking, bleeding, and swelling can all be signs that your mouth is ready for winter lip care.
To the Rescue
Caring for chapped lips doesn’t require a complicated routine. You just need to be consistent to improve the condition of your lips. The easiest way to treat chapped lips is balm, and plenty of it.
Look for lip balm that contains ingredients that won’t irritate the delicate skin around your mouth. Natural balms that contain almond oil, vitamin E, lanolin, or beeswax can be gentle and effective. Lip balms with white petrolatum may also protect your lips from dry, cold weather.
You may want to invest in different lip balms for daytime and nighttime use. During the day, your lip care should contain SPF of at least 15 to prevent sun damage. Snow is quite reflective, and your chances of sunburn in winter are very real.
For nighttime, you may want a lip balm that is thicker to repair any flaky areas or cracks while you sleep. Use it every night for best results, especially if you tend to sleep with your mouth open. Make it part of your bedtime routine and apply it after you brush your teeth.
Other Tips for Lips
If your lips are rough and flaky, you may want to exfoliate them to remove the dead skin. Try something gentle, such as a sugar scrub, to slough off any flakes and leave your lips soft and smooth.
You may also want to sleep with a humidifier during the colder months to keep your skin, hair, and lips from getting too dry. Humidifiers are an underrated tool for skin or lip care.
Pucker up, because LaLa Daisy has top products for winter lip care. With our selection of balms and other treatments, caring for chapped lips has never been easier.