Chapped lips happen to the best of us… no matter how much you look after your skin, sometime soon it’s gonna get you. And these days, spending so much more time inside with the central heating, and wearing a face-mask in cold weather when you do go out, things are just getting worse. (You’d think that wearing a mask might help to protect the lips, but the heat and sweat that build up inside the mask -sorry- just exacerbates the problem).
Cold weather, licking your lips too often because you feel that they’re dry, and even certain medications you may all make the problem worse.
The skin on your lips is super thin, and lips don’t contain any oil glands like other areas of the skin, so they’re more likely to dry out. Depending on how serious it is, it can range from just feeling tight and uncomfortable to dry flaky skin, and even swelling, cracking and bleeding.
But it’s not the end of the world when it does, as long as you have the right products in your lip care arsenal.
To scrub or not to scrub?
First and foremost, don’t scrub when it’s at its driest – that’s the worst thing you can do. I know it’s tempting, with the dry flaky skin, but trust me, I’m telling you from experience, you’ll just create the mother of all flare-ups and it’s painful to boot. Best to just go in with a regular application of one of the good lip balms I recommend. Once you feel likes it’s getting better and back to normal, then a gentle exfoliation in the morning after a good dose of lip balm overnight will help to remove the dead dry skin.
Could it be a deficiency?
Although it’s easy to blame a deficiency in your nutrition, it’s more likely to be as a result of the environmental factors we’ve talked about above. That said, it’s worth making sure you’re not deficient in your B vitamins – I take a simple B Complex three times a week to keep my levels up, but please consult a qualified health professional before starting on any supplements.
What you can do:
H20: Make sure you’re drinking enough water. Dry lips can be a first indicator that you’re dehydrated so up your water intake – it’ll serve you in so many different ways, not just for your dry lips.
Apply a lip balm regularly throughout the day. I’ve included a few here that have worked well for me in the past.
Overnight treatments and applications are key, in my experience – you get the full effect of the lip balm or cream as you’re not going out, not drinking or eating and highly unlikely to lick your lips and lick the balm or cream off. Any of the ones I’ve linked up are great for overnight use too.
Humidify: Keep a humidifier in your room (or just bow of water near your radiator will do the same thing) to stop the air in your bedroom getting too dry.
Sun protection: If you’re lucky enough to be getting some sun, apply SPF to your lips as well as your face – so often we forget to apply to this very delicate area.
Try any of the lip balms that I’ve linked for you and let me know if they work as well for you as they do for me.