Beauty | Caring for Chapped Lips

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A blemish you can hide. Dark circles can be covered with the right make up. But when you get chapped lips, the pain and flakiness is there to be seen by all. Learn how to prevent and protect your lip skin.

‘Tis the season for chapped lips. Your lips do not have oil glands, and so are almost always exposed to the elements. As such, if you do not care for them, you will pay the ultimate price.

There are many factors why your lips are getting chapped. Dehydration is a primary cause so it’s essential that you drink an ample amount of water each day. 

Avoid licking your lips. Running your tongue over your lips is the worst thing you can do for lips. As you saliva dries, it takes more moisture from your skin. Use lip balm instead.

Invest in a humidifier. These devices provide the moisture your lips and skin crave. Many people turn it on at night to replenish your skin while you sleep.

The skin on your lips is thin and delicate so don’t be tempted to peel or bite it. Picking at it can cause it to bleed and hurt, slow the healing process, and cause more irritation.

Similarly, exfoliation can also cause further damage to chapped lips. Instead, apply some ointment or balm.

A good balm can buffer your delicate lip skin from elements. Ideally, choose one high in emollients. The balms should also include petrolatum, which locks in moisture, and dimethicone, which seals off cracks and splits in drying lips.

Apply it before you put on lipstick or lip gloss, not after. Reapply frequently to keep your lips protected. Six to eight coats a day is the recommended amount.

If you are prone to chapped lips or feel they are not in good condition, protect them when you are outside by wearing a scarf.

And don’t forget your lip balm!