Thursday, November 29, 2012

How to Prevent Dry Chapped Lips

The best way to prevent chapped lips is to avoid conditions that cause them. Unfortunately, those conditions are everywhere: cold weather and exposure to sun, dry air, and wind all make lips dry, cracked, or sore, as well as dehydration, nasal allergies, and breathing through your mouth. Certain medications, such as acne drugs, can cause chapped lips too. Simple care at home can avoid this condition. Following tips can help you take care of your lips, chapped and otherwise:

No Licking!
Don't lick your lips, it will cause more chapping. Licking lips doesn't moisturize them.

Drink Plenty of Water
Dehydration can cause dryness of lips. Increase your water intake during winter to keep your lips looking fresh. You can also humidify the rooms to deal with winter dryness.

Invest in a Good Lip Balm
I  love La Mer The Lip Balm but I hate the damn price tag as well! Your choice. 

Take Care in Selecting Cosmetics
Creamy lipsticks can act like balms and prevent your lips from chapping. Avoid using lipsticks that can dry out your lips.

Olive oil it up
Rub on anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and moisturizing olive oil two or three times a day to soothe, soften, and lubricate. Your lips will feel immediately better, but it will take a few days before they start to heal on their own.

Scrub away dead skin

Exfoliating is a good first step against chapped lips, after you brush your teeth, get rid of unsightly dry skin by brushing your lips with your toothbrush. Protect your new, soft lips by moisturizing immediately afterward with a good lip balm.

Good Luck!!

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