Cold air, wind, and aggressive weather conditions in autumn and winter are a real challenge for the skin. And the skin on your lips is even more vulnerable because it is super thin, delicate, and not equipped with sebaceous glands to further hydrate and protect it. And, no one likes the feeling of dry, chapped lips! That is why it is very important to take care of your lip skin in autumn before they are affected by harsh conditions. In this article, we will show you dermatologists’ tips for healing dry, chapped lips in the winter.
No one likes the feeling of dry, chapped lips in the cold winter months
Exfoliate regularly, but gently
Over-exfoliating has the opposite effect of what you hope for – it makes the lips brittle, irritated, and prone to splitting and cracking even more. That is why you need to exfoliate your lips gently, but without overdoing it. Also, make sure to use natural ingredients in homemade lip scrubs such as sugar, honey, maple syrup, and coconut oil.
Exfoliate your lips with an all-natural lip scrub, but do not over do it
Applying a deep moisturizing mask on your lips before going to bed is very important. The rich overnight lip treatment will help recover your lips from harsh conditions. So, leave the lip mask on overnight to allow the skin on the lips to deeply absorb the mask’s nourishing and hydrating qualities.
There are a lot of good-quality overnight lip masks on the market
Choose your lipstick carefully
Not all lipsticks are the same. The dyes in some lipsticks you use can over-dry the sensitive skin on the lips. Others have a mattifying effect, which dries the skin even further. The worse ones are the super long-lasting lipsticks that are designed to stay on your lips for the maximum amount of time, whether you are licking your lips or eating. If you struggle with dry and chapped lips, it is better to avoid these products.
The dyes in some lipsticks you use can over-dry the sensitive skin on the lips
Make a lip balm
Ready-made lip balms often dry out the skin, even more, causing you to constantly apply more and more of them. Also, if you feel a tingling, minty sensation after applying lip balm, it is better to throw it away! This dries out the lips even more! To avoid this, make a homemade balm that doesn’t contain petroleum compounds that dry out the skin.
You can make an all-natural lip balm at home with a few basic ingredients
You can customize your lip balms with different ingredients and aromas
Use thick moisturizers
The thicker the oils you apply to your lips, the better the effect will be. Coconut oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter are suitable options for the lips.
Coconut oil is a great moisturizer that you can also use on your lips
Use vitamin E
Adding vitamin E oil to your lip care routine is important because it has nourishing, deeply moisturizing, and repairing properties. In addition, the antioxidants in it have a regenerating effect on the skin of the lips. So, when you are making a lip balm, just add some vitamin E oil to it. It will work like magic!
Adding vitamin E oil to your lip care routine is key since it has deeply moisturizing properties
Soak a cotton pad with fresh milk and apply it to the lips. Pat several times for 5 minutes. Then leave it on for another 10 without licking the lips. Fresh milk contains proteins, fats, and lactic acid that act both nourishing and exfoliating.
A cotton pad and a glass of milk can actually make your lips softer and healthier
Avoid menthol and camphor
Some lip balms contain menthol and camphor, which create a pleasant cooling effect but are detrimental to the skin on the lips. They dry and worsen their condition. So, make sure to always check the ingredients in your lip balms or better yet make your own at home. That way, you will have full control over the ingredients, and you can use all-natural ingredients!
Make sure to always check the ingredients in your lip balms or make your own at home
Protect your lips from the sun
The skin on your lips is also fragile and needs sun protection at all times. That is why it is best to always choose a lip balm containing sunscreen when going out. This will help preserve the softness of the lips, while also protecting them from sunburn.
Always choose a good-quality lip balm containing sunscreen when going out
The skin on your lips is also fragile and needs sun protection at all times
Hydrate from the inside
Try to drink enough water to provide your body with good hydration. This makes a huge difference to the condition of your skin and lips, included. Take a look at these clear signs that you might be dehydrated. And, while you are there, see which are the most hydrating drinks that you can include in your diet.
Try to drink enough water to provide your body with good hydration for soft lips
These are the best tips for healing chapped lips in the cold months. According to dermatologists, it is good to follow these simple suggestions throughout the year for the softest and healthiest lips ever!
Now you know how to deal with dry, chapped lips once and for all!
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