The lip skin is very thin, more sensitive, has no oil/sweating glands and no hairy coverage that can protect the lips from the cruel weather.
So, the lips get harmed with a slightly harsh touch. And winter is the biggest worse condition to meet up the lips with dry, chapped, flaky, cracked, painful, itchy or sore state. Of course, there are other reasons to cause dry lips, including dehydration, licking lips, excessive use of chemical products, etc.
Therefore, it is a dream of everyone belonging to smooth, soft and moisturized lips in cold days of winter. Your expectation will be true if you become careful of your lips before starting winter.
To get baby soft lips, you need to take preventive measures first. Prevention is better than treating dry lips.
If you don’t take care of your lips in time, more serious conditions may be fallen into your lips, like bleeding.
Lips not only symbolize your beauty but also it talks about your healthy appearance. The nice-looking lips boost up your confidence, while the dry, cracked lips lose your attractiveness and self-dignity.
That’s why; to take care of your dry lips in winter is an urgent routine.
Now let’s see.
Some Simple Tips to Take Care of Your Dry Lips in Winter
The key factors of treating chapping lips are covering the entire body with a warm dress, manage your surrounding environments (both outside and inside) and using preventive lip moisturizers. Then, you can blow your nourishing smile throughout the winter.
Okay, now let me tell the tips to take care of your dry lips in winter.
1. Go Outside Less
If not more urgent, stay at home. It prevents the exposure to the dry air and bitterly cold wind. Take exercise while staying inside. Don’t forget to use a natural lip balm always. Switch on the humidifier. It will keep the indoor air moist.
2. Scrub Your Lips Once a Week
Exfoliating is a good idea to remove the dry, dead or chapped skin cells. After exfoliating, the lips look fresher and evener. You must moisturize your lips after scrubbing. Use the mixer of honey and brown sugar as a natural exfoliator. You can also use any good readymade scrub, toothbrush or washcloth to exfoliate the lips. And don’t scrub more than twice a week.
About dry lip scrubbing, WebMD says, “Don’t exfoliate. It can cause further damage to chapped lips. Instead, apply plenty of balm or ointment and turn on the humidifier.”
3. Use Moisturizing Lipstick for Dry Lips
I recommend you, avoid lipstick in the winter season. Instead of it, use moisturizing lip balm containing immobile colorful tint. If you cannot walk without lipstick, apply the moisturizing based lip color. Or moisturize your lips first with an ointment, then wear your favorite lipstick. At anyhow, you cannot sleep with lipstick. After removing the lip makeup, use a moisturizer to soften the lips through the night. Use makeup remover rich in natural moisturizer to get rid of your lipstick.
4. Take Right Diet and Sufficient Water
Dehydration is a common reason to dry out the skin, whether it is winter or summer. Take lots of water daily (at least 8 glasses) and fluid rich diets to hydrate and protect the skin from inside.
Take some vitamins. Skim milk, Swiss cheese, red meat, silken tofu, fortified cereals, eggs, etc. contain vitamin B. It helps to retain the moisturizer to the skin. Vitamin A helps to maintain and repair the skin tissue. Take milk products, apricots, carrots, etc. rich in Vitamin A. Aging also causes dry lips. Vitamin A helps a lot to repair dry lips of aging people. Take the diets having vitamin C. It increases the collagen production to make the lips suppler and fuller. Vitamin C also repairs the tissue by protecting the skin from the sunburn. Eat various vegetables and citrus fruits rich in vitamin C. Vitamin E evens out the aging signs, like fine lines or wrinkles. Nuts, eggs, leafy vegetables, etc. have Vitamin E.
If you cannot manage those diets in the proper amount, you can take “Earth Star Complete Multivitamin Formula” consulting with your dietitian.
Avoid some foods, like spicy, hot or salty items. Because these foods compel the tongue frequently to touch the lips that are very harmful to dry out and irritate the lips. In cold days, I strictly tell you to not eat these ones.
5. Smoking Causes Dry Lips Also
Smoking is not only dangerous for health but also harmful to lip and mouth skin. It attaches a black stain on the lips and also teeth. So, the lips look dark or black. If you are a chain smoker, it might cause dark/black spots on your lips that look really unimpressive. The prolonged smoking may lead your lip skin to cancer though it is a rare case.
In winter, you should keep stayed away from smoking. It will be wiser if you quit smoking forever. Then, you will get back your natural lips. Or use a lip balm every time after smoking. And rub a slice of lemon over your lips. It removes the dark cigarette hue instantly.
If you couldn’t stop smoking after trying hard and soul, you should read, “Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This book will show you how to quit smoking easily forever. It is a best-selling book sold over 13 million copies around the world.
6. Control Your Room Temperature
While you are protecting your lips from the outdoor dry air or elements, be careful about your indoor air situation. The heating system of room at winter makes the air drier that the indoor. That’s why; the room temperature is more harmful to the lip skin. Just buy a quality “Crane Drop Shape Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier” and set up it when you stay at room or home. Keep the humidifier temperature 30-40%. It keeps the inside air ideally moist. Don’t use the humidifier more than 50% because excessive humidity can cause bacteria and other microorganisms. You should also use a humidifier at your office. Then you can be protected both at home and office.
7. Protect Your Lips during Sleeping
The night-time is the best duration to let your lips stayed moisturizing all day long in cold months. Apply a beeswax lip balm thickly on your lips. The lips suck the balm throughout the night that basically keeps alive the pout for hours at daytime. Or you can leave some pure honey on the lips. Honey is a natural humectant and antioxidant to moisturize, protect and make the lips healthy. See some good quality beeswax lip balms:
8. Don’t Lick/Peel/Bite the Lips
It is not only your bad habit, I think everybody lick or bite their dry lips. Biting or peeling the skin makes the lips nastier. Even, the lips get bleeding for biting or peeling. So, never do it. Licking also dries out the lips more. The saliva of the tongue takes out the moisturizer from the lips. That’s why; lips go behind chapped fast. Keep a pocket lip balm always with you. Whenever you feel a little dryness, just apply it.
Don’t breathe from your mouth. It creates an airflow around your lips and mouth that makes your lips more cracking. Try to breathe through your nose. Or taking the breath from your mouth is a problem or disease, talk to your doctor. Or apply a 100% natural moisturizer on the lips during the night.
9. Lip Balm, Best Cure for Dry Lips in Winter
In buying a lip balm, you should consider the long-lasting effect, extra moisturizing power, natural ingredients, and SPF sunblock. Otherwise, don’t buy it. The following natural ingredients are mostly considerable:
- Jojoba Oil
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin A and D
- Coconut oil
- Shea Butter
- Almond Oil
- Aloe Vera
Make a natural lip balm your best friend in dry air. Coat your lips with the balm always. After getting up and washing your face at morning, apply your favorite lip balm. After every eating or drinking, use that. Keep a balm in your purse, on your reading or computer table, so that whenever your lips have a slight tightness, you can find your balm easily.
10. Cover Your Lips from the Elements
When you are going outside, cover your lips with a scarf or a ski mask so that the harsh air might not reach your mouth or lips. Also, bring an SPF-rich lip balm with you. Some winter coat hoods have Velcro or button snaps that secure the bottom lines of your face. Wearing this coat, ensure the warmer of your face, protect the face and lips from the harsh wind and hold moisturizer inside.
11. Treat Dry Lips Naturally in Winter
To have sweet-smiling, luscious-looking, self-esteem, soft and smooth lips; the golden secret is to use home remedies. Natural ingredients not only make the lips soft but also they protect and repair the lips from inside. Besides, home remedies are less costly and available in your kitchen. You can use the below home remedies to get dry-free lips throughout the bitter season.
- Lemon Juice
- Green Tea Bags
- Sugar Scrub
- Rose Water and Glycerin
- Jojoba Oil
- Rose Water and Honey
- Glycerin and Honey
12. Check out Allergens on Your Lips
Check out the products whether they create allergic reactions to your lips. Lipstick having propyl gallate or phenyl salicylate (salol) develops allergens. The toothpaste containing guaiazulene may cause allergy. Some foods, such as- figs or food dyes can contain allergens. The intake of excessive of vitamin B12 also dries out the lips when you come to the touch of cobalt. Or any kind of products, cosmetics, lipsticks or foods; if create an allergic reaction to your lips, you should switch them.
13. Petroleum Jelly
If your lips are more chapped and couldn’t be solved the painful state, you should use “Vaseline 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly“. It heals the lips fast and protects also.
14. Control Your Caffeine Intake
Winter is a nice time to drink a few cups of extra coffee or your favorite hot tea or other hot beverages. These hot items may soothe you from the coldness for a while, but it finally dehydrates your lip skin. Instead of taking hot caffeine, drink an herbal tea or a decaf version. It is helpful for health and also hydrates the skin.
15. Avoid Some Ingredients
If your lips are dry, you should avoid the products containing the following ingredients:
- Flavoring Agent
The above substances might have your lip balm, toothpaste, lipstick, mouthwash or other products. To be sure, just get a stop of using them for two weeks, if you feel better lips; then stop using them in winter or switch to another new product.
16. Emergent Tips for Severe Painful Chapped Lips
Severe cracking and bleeding are not uncommon to the lips in winter. It is also very painful to smile or talk and looks very nasty. To heal the cracked lips fast, rub your lips with a warm rag several times a day. It cleanses the spots. Then hold a cold compress on your lips to stop bleeding. Lastly, apply coconut oil. Repeat this treatment several times a day. It will heal your bleeding or cracked lips quickly. Don’t blot the bleeding lips, because it cannot heal them fast.
That’s all the tips to take care of your dry lips in winter. Follow these tips and your dry lips will be okay. If nothing can cure your lips, talk to your dermatologist in a short time, because untreated chapping lips may be threatened by a bigger skin problem.
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