Your lips can be dry any time of the year, but there’s nothing like chapped lips to let you know it’s really winter! It doesn’t feel good, and it looks even worse, but what can you do? The cold, dry air does a number on your lips and you might thing you have to just deal with it until the weather warms up. Well, you don’t have to just deal with it anymore- there are really effective ways to treat chapped lips, and smart ways to prevent them in the first place!
1. Drink lots of water:
Chapped lips are dry lips, and the first thing to do to prevent your skin and lips from drying out is to hydrate from the inside. It can be hard to remember to drink enough water when it’s cold, so set reminders on your phone throughout the day.
2. Use a humidifier:
Moist air will also help keep your skin and lips hydrated, and you can do that with a humidifier. Remember to clean humidifiers regularly to prevent bacteria from building up inside.
3. Breathe through your nose:
Breathing with your mouth open will dry out your lips, so be careful to breathe through your nose, not your mouth.
4. Wear lip balm:
Lip balm will soothe dry lips and help repair them, but it will also go a long way in keeping your lips soft and moist, thereby preventing chapped lips when you use it regularly.
5. Use sunblock:
Skin protection is not just for summer! Use a lip balm with SPF even in the winter to prevent sun damage and drying.
6. Don’t lick your lips:
You might lip your lips without even realizing it, especially for immediate relief when they feel dry, but make yourself aware and stop, because the acids in saliva are drying.
7. Use creamy lipsticks:
Matte and long-lasting lipsticks will dry your lips, so use creamy lipsticks with moisturizing ingredients.
8. Cucumber slices:
Place cucumber slices on your lips for 5-10 minutes to smooth and rehydrate.
9. Watch what you eat:
Spicy foods and salty food can irritate chapped lips and increase inflammation.
10. Antibiotic ointment:
When your lips are cracked and dry, apply antibiotic ointment twice a day to moisturize and help prevent infection.
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