Taking care of your lips is an important part of your beauty routine. Your lips have a thin surface layer of skin that can dry out. Harsh cold weather, dehydration, allergies, and some toothpastes and medications can cause dry, chapped lips. Here are some skincare tips to treat and get rid of chapped lips:
Use your toothbrush to gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. Do not harshly scrub or peel skin because this will only damage your lips more, slow the healing process, and could lead to an infection.
Avoid licking your lips. Licking your lips only makes it worse! Acid in saliva can irritate the skin and when the saliva evaporates, it dehydrates the skin even more.
Protect with lip ointment or balm. Replenish and seal in moisture with healing oils. For deep treatment, use an ointment before you go to bed at night. Choose a balm with SPF to protect against the sun. Avoid treatments that contain eucalyptus, menthol, and camphor which can cause dryness and irritation. If you’re susceptible to acne, avoid products that contain petroleum jelly. Opt for natural moisturizers like beeswax, cocoa or shea butter, and almond, coconut, or olive oil.
Rehydrate. Drink at least eight 8 ounce glasses of water a day. Drink up even more during the colder winter months. Use a humidifier, especially at night, to keep your skin moisturized.
Watch your diet. Avoid salty or acidic foods while your lips heal. B vitamins help give your lips moisture.
Eat a balanced diet that includes milk, eggs, cheese, almonds, and leafy green vegetables which are high in vitamin B1, or riboflavin. If your chapped lips are severe, consult your doctor about your vitamin A intake.
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