|Posted on January 24, 2018 at 4:25 PM|
Our lips need special care during the cold weather. Here are six tips to help you with that.
1. Don’t lick your lips. When your lips are dry, it’s natural to want to lick them to make them moist. But licking your lips actually has the opposite effect. Saliva contain enzymes that while are great for digesting food, they can dry out the lips.
2. Use a lip balm that is ointment-based. This will lock in the moisture and help to heal cracks and splits in the skin. Look for a healing ointment that contains essential oils or glycerin.
3. Avoid lip balms that contain camphor, eucalyptus and menthol. These substances dry out the lips as well, prompting you to apply more often.
4. Avoid brushing or rubbing your lips when they are flaky or peeling. Do not to scrub your lips or pick the peeling skin off with your teeth or your fingers. Use moisturizing lip scrub that contains olive or some other moisturizing oil to gently remove dead skin. Then apply lip balm.
5. Treat cracked lips right away. A homemade sugar scrub that contains honey, coconut oil or coconut oil may be helpful.
6. Apply lip balm before you go to bed. Many people sleep with their mouths open. which can dry your mouth and lips. Consider using a humidifier at night to moisten the air.
Cracked and peeling lips may lead to infections and cold sores. If the problem persists, visit your primary care physician or a dermatologist for more specific care. Feel free to leave comments below. Until next time,