The skin on the lips is much thinner and more delicate than other parts of the body. Because of this, the lips are more prone to dryness, flaking and cracking, which is not only uncomfortable but will ruin any plans you have of rocking a bold lip this season. To help combat painful chapped lips this winter, we have put together some top tips to keep your pout smooth, supple and hydrated.
Use a good lip balm
One of the best ways to combat chapped lips is to use a nourishing lip balm to soften and condition dry patches such as Tata Harper’s Be True lip treatment. It’s deeply hydrating and has anti-aging benefits, plus it provides environmental protection thanks to added antioxidants derived from Rhubarb, Acai, and Green Tea oils.
Although there are balms and treatments that can help to restore chapped lips, being dehydrated means the problem will always reoccur. Dehydration happens when the body loses more fluid than it takes in. When you are dehydrated, your body directs water to the organs and areas that need it most, to ensure that the cells stay hydrated. This can cause dryness in the skin, including that of the lips, which is why it is important to consume plenty of water, ideally six to eight glasses a day, to keep your body hydrated from the inside.
Use an SPF
Prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause significant damage to the lips and lead to dryness and cracking. Use a lip product with added SPF, such as the Paula’s Choice Lipscreen SPF50, that nourishes and smoothes dry, chapped lips whilst protecting them against UV damage.
Don’t lick or pick the lips
We tend to lick our lips to quickly add moisture when they feel tight, but it can actually dry them out even more. Saliva contains acids that break down food in your mouth, but these acids can also irritate your lips and remove the natural oils that keep them supple and smooth. Feeling stressed? Resist the urge to pick at your lips as doing this on a regular basis can leave you with very red, sore and chapped skin.
Exfoliate regularly but gently
Dry, damaged lips are covered with a layer of flaky skin that can prevent the healing ingredients in lip balms and treatments from working their magic. This can be removed by exfoliating the lips with a specialist product like iS Clinical’s Lip Polish, which is a gentle yet effective scrub that erases dry patches whilst nourishing the lips so that they remain healthy and supple.
Opt for skin-nourishing ingredients
It’s important to avoid ingredients that can dry out the lips, such as Menthol and artificial fragrances; instead, look for products that contain ingredients such as Beeswax, Ceramides and Shea Butter to provide nourishment. The Cosmedix Lumi Crystals lip product is packed with plumping Peptides and Ceramides, so it’s a quick fix for dry, dull lips, helping to hydrate and replenish them while adding a flattering sheen.
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