Nothing ruins the look of a great little black dress, a pair of sky high booties and a trendy faux-fur wrap quite like a pair of scaly, chapped lips. However, just a little knowledge about the causes of chapped lips, and a few tips on treatment and prevention, will put you on the road to sporting a sexy pout, now and throughout the year.
Why Are Lips Vulnerable to Chapping?
According to Web MD, you can lose 10 times more moisture through your lips than you can anywhere else on your body. Why? The skin on your lips is thinner than the skin on your body, making it more vulnerable to environmental conditions. In the winter, when the heat blasts and the air becomes dry, moisture evaporates from the lips more quickly, leaving them chapped and dry. Add to this complication a lip licking habit, and the problem can seem chronic during the winter months. Human saliva causes further drying and can irritate skin, which contributes to cracking and peeling.
Lip Balms Soothe and Protect
Lip balms can go a long way in protecting lips from the elements. At night, smother your lips with a moisturizing lip balm like Burt’s Bees Rejuvenating Lip Balm. When you are out and about during the day, use a lip balm with sunscreen. Try protecting your lips with Jack Black’s Intense Therapy Lip Balm, SPF 25.
Before applying lipstick or lip gloss for an evening out, use Philosophy’s Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub. Infused with butters and oils, it can exfoliate and hydrate the lips so lipstick slides on easily and your lips aren’t peppered with that pesky, flaking skin.
Chapped Lip Treatment from the Inside
It is important to remember that a full, rich pout is a reflection of how well-nourished the body is from the inside as well. Staying well hydrated during the winter months can be difficult to remember, but it has an enormous impact on how well moisturized the lips are. At any sign of chapping, begin a concentrated drinking regimen quickly, and it will reign in the problem.
Don’t like water? Try seltzer water, decaffeinated teas, or the Takeya Fruit Infusion jug, which allows you to quickly and easily infuse water with your favorite fruits. In addition, eat lots of salmon, walnuts, trout, and other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, maintains Julie Gabriel, a holistic nutritionist and author of The Green Beauty Guide (Health Communications, Inc.). Omega 3’s, she says, help maintain cell integrity, which helps them stay hydrated.
Alter Your Environment for Smooth Lips
If your home is dry, try using a humidifier in your room while you sleep. A humidifier will fill the air with moisture, and you will wake to happier, dewy skin and lips. Check Target, Wal-Mart, or Bed, Bath, & Beyond for low priced humidifiers that instantly hydrate in just one night.
A Few Lip Treatments Let You Say Goodbye to Chapped Lips
Scaly, chapped lips, though not uncommon during the winter months, are anything but a girl’s best friend. Protect your lips with moisturizing lip balms at night. Keep lip balms with sunscreen handy in your purse for applications during the day. Stay well hydrated, and eat well. Once you have dryness under control, you can go for that sexy red lip you’ve always wanted to try.