(StatePoint) Much like the rest of your skin, cold temperatures can really do a number on your lips, leaving them dry and chapped. Unfortunately, even the indoors may not provide relief, as heated rooms can dry out lips even further.
To keep your pucker healthy and hydrated, consider the following tips from the makers of Carmex lip balms, and Dr. Neil Sadick, M.D., a New York City-based dermatologist.
• The lower humidity in the colder months tends to deplete and dehydrate us. While it can be tempting to lick one’s lips, unfortunately, this approach will only make the problem worse — as saliva draws moisture out of the lips as it evaporates. Instead, keep lips hydrated from the inside out by drinking plenty of water.
• Use moisturizing lip balms with ingredients that will seal in moisture and stay on your lips. If you are not allergic to sunscreen, use a product with SPF 15 or higher, such as the Carmex Lip Balm Stick, to protect from the sun — not just on sunny days, but every day. Make a habit of applying lip balm three to four times daily, ensuring that one application is before bedtime to combat the drying effects of indoor heating.
• Avoid high gloss lipsticks with little-to-no color. They can be potentially harmful to lips because they can attract UV rays. Avoid these shades entirely or try a triple-layer approach for added protection: first apply a lip balm with SPF, followed by a colored lipstick, then finish it off with some shine.
• Cover your face, especially on windy days. Make sure you have a scarf that you can pull up to cover your lips when the wind starts blowing.
• When indoors, consider using a humidifier in dry environments to help moisturize your skin and lips.
More healthy lip tips can be found at mycarmex.com.
There is no reason to suffer through chapped, cracked lips. Great habits, such as applying a moisturizing lip balm or lip balm that contains SPF, can help you keep your lips healthy and moisturized.