Did you know? The skin on our lips is actually four times thinner than the skin covering the rest of our face! Our lips also lack the sweat and oil glands that moisturize the rest of our body, so our lips need added protection to prevent drying and chapping – both in cold and hot weather.
6 tips to prevent and heal chapped lips
- Don’t lick your lips! Saliva evaporates quickly and repeated licking and drying causes them to chap. Avoid flavored lip products that can make it tempting.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your body and lips hydrated.
- Invest in a good humidifier if you live in a dry climate or if your heating or cooling system steals all the moisture.
- Cover your face with a scarf on windy days.
- Wear a natural (zinc oxide) SPF lip balm in the sun to protect your lips from wind and sun burn.
- Avoid medicated lip balms with cooling ingredients and lipsticks that contain synthetic ingredients.
Medicated lip products can make lips feel good temporarily. But ingredients such as camphor, eucalyptus and menthol will actually irritate your lips with repeated use and leave them dryer than before.
Gently exfoliate your lips
To prevent chapped lips and keep them kissably soft, periodically exfoliate the dead skin from your lips. The fresh skin underneath can more readily absorb moisture from natural lip balms and help to prevent chapping. Never exfoliate already chapped lips, because it can cause further irritation.
To exfoliate, gently rub a mixture of equal parts coconut oil and sugar on your lips, or simply brush your lips with your toothbrush. After exfoliating, moisturize your lips with a natural lip balm or a natural plant butter or oil (mentioned below).
Always choose healthy lip products
When choosing lipsticks, balms and glosses, skip the synthetic ingredients. They’re unnecessary. Plus the colors found in the natural alternatives are just way more stunning.
Opt for lipsticks and glosses made from plant-based ingredients, particularly those containing vitamins and fatty acids that penetrate and moisturize the skin. Specifically, check the ingredients list for natural butters such as hemp, avocado, pumpkin and cocoa butter. Natural oils that also do a great job and include jojoba oil, grape seed oil, and coconut oil.