Want to learn how to relieve dry lips?
It is winter time. Everybody and their favorite health expert are saying it is flu season. While that is true, it is also dry lip season as well. Due to cold, dry climate of winter time, most people have issues maintaining moist lips. There is one reason why most people’s lips are dry right now: lack of protection. The skin on our lips is thinner than any other skin part on the human body. Less skin equals less protection from bacteria, heat, light and of course, moisture loss.
In addition, the lips do not have sweat glands or hair follicles; therefore, not getting the natural protection that other body parts receive. That does not mean you are doomed to dry lips. Here are 4 ways to keep your lips moist:
Avoid the elements of outside
Okay. This step is definitely impossible to follow but it’s the main reason your lips are dry. Environmental factors such as cold, windy days can rob your body of moisture; especially the lips. If you need to go outside, then wear a scarf to block the cold wind from penetrating your lips.
Invest in a lip balm
Remember back in high school the pretty boy or girl who always kept chapped stick? They knew the importance of keeping moisturize lips. Lip balms are obviously made to correct dry lips. You don’t need to overcoat the lips with it though. Just apply just a thin coat of lip balm. Also, due to the lips’ sensitivity to the sun, it is vital to get one that at least SPF 15.
As far as lip balm’s ingredients, look for beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter, petrolatum, or oils such as jojoba or almond to help lock in moisture as well as protect and soften lips.
Stop licking your lips
Contrary to popular believe, licking your lips is not a great way to moisturize them. As a matter of fact, it is more detrimental than beneficial. Since lips hardly have in protection, adding moisture that quickly fade actually make the lips dry sooner.
In addition, licking your lips exposes them to saliva. While saliva is great for breaking down food, it also can break down lip skin cells.
Bonus Tip: Biting your lips weakens them as well.
Stop breathing out of your mouth
Do you breathe from your mouth instead of your nose? Like licking or biting your lips, breathing out of your mouth is detrimental to lip health. Constantly breathing out air on the lips makes them dry. In addition, breathing with your mouth causes other issues such as bad breath, dry mouth and sleep apnea.
Following those 4 tips will keep your lips moisturize during the winter season and beyond.