While the cold weather takes its toll on all your skin, it’s especially hard on the lips. Your lips are a different type of skin that’s far thinner and more delicate. It takes extra steps to keep your lips healthy in the cold weather. The skin on your lips dries out ten times as fast as the other skin on your face. Taking extra steps will help you keep your lips from cracking and keep them smooth throughout the winter months.
Don’t forget to drink loads of water.
You may not feel like drinking as much fluid in the winter, but it’s just as important. The extra water keeps your whole body hydrated, including the lips and skin. Drink at least 8-eight ounce glasses of water each day. People tend to feel less thirsty in the winter and that’s just when they should drink more. The interior air is dryer due to the need to turn on the heat. That extra water will help you stay healthier as an extra bonus.
Your lips may feel dry, but licking them won’t help.
When you lick your lips, the saliva from licking them evaporates even faster and then you’re left with even drier lips. It’s super tempting to lick them when they feel dry, but avoid it if you can. Some people use flavored balm. That actually tastes good and temps you to lick your lips even more. Avoid it. Remember, digestion starts in the mouth. Those digestive enzymes also irritate your lips, since they’re meant to start the digestive process on food…including meat.
Get a humidifier and breathe through your nose.
There’s a way to combat the dry air and that’s change it to air that has more moisture. During the winter, a humidifier can help with lots of problems, from keeping you less likely to get upper respiratory problems to reducing the potential for chapped lips. Some skin care products also have drying qualities or contain allergens that can irritate the lips. What may seem like a simple idea, breathing in through the nose, can actually be hard if you normally breathe in through your mouth or you have a cold. Have you ever noticed how chapped your lips get when you have stuffy nose? It’s because all the air has to pass through the mouth, causing chapped lips.
- Seal in the moisture on your lips with a balm, beeswax or lipstick. A waterproof layer of protection is important. Avoid those with camphor, menthol and eucalyptus. They actually dry out the lips.
- Don’t rub off the scaly skin with either your teeth or fingers. That only makes matters worse. Instead, apply a super dense layer of heavier protection or Vaseline on your lips.
- Put lip balm on your lips before you go to bed. If you can, use a humidifier in the bedroom to help maintain a healthy moisture.
- Eating healthy can provide the nutrients you need to strengthen your skin, even on the lips. Make sure you have adequate protein, niacin and other B-vitamins, vitamin C and A and Omega3 fatty acids.