February 23, 2011

Lip Service

Considering the recent weather events I'd wager a guess that a lot of you are suffering from painfully chapped lips. Am I wrong? Didn't think so! The number one BEST way to cure winter-lip problems is to prevent them in the first place. Too little, too late? Try these tips:

  • Protect and soothe lips with a highly emollient lip care product. One that contains occlusive oils such as petrolatum or beeswax are best. Vegetable oils such as castor or shea butter will help to retain moisture and keep the tender lip area from being battered by cold winds and dry indoor heat.
  • True Fact: DO NOT constantly lick your lips! This habit might bring temporary relief to dry lips but saliva contains digestive enzymes that can do more damage than good to already chapped lips. The moistness will evaporate very quickly and will actually make your lips drier.
  • You might not think about this as much when it's freezing outside, but it's really important to make sure you take in the recommended amount of water each day all year round. This helps to maintain your body's hydration levels and will aid in keeping skin and lips healthy.
  • Try to include foods that are rich in Vitamins A, B, C and B2 in your daily diet to help maintain healthy skin and lips.
  • When purchasing lipstick go for the moisturizing types that contain extra oils and butters to keep lips soft and supple.
  • If your lips are mega-chapped and cracked apply a dab of Vaseline over your favorite lip care product, Blistex or Carmex are great choices, just before you go to sleep. This will go a long way to healing and protecting your poor abused pucker.

I hope these hints help. Smile! Winter can only last, what, another few months or so?