Chapped lips are a serious issue during the winter for many people. As with your winter skincare regimen, the lips need a winter plan too. Did you know that the lips are the driest place on the body? Lips have no sebaceous glands and zero sweat glands. Here are a few tips to get ahead of the game.

  1. Sleep with a humidifier on as this adds humidity to the air (hydration)!
  2. Exfoliate the lips. Try our favorite Bite Beauty’s Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub. A delicious lip mousse that conditions, fights free radicals and exfoliates by utilizing Resveratrol, Fruit acids and Rice Bran. Do not exfoliate chapped lips.
  3. Wear SPF on the lips even during the winter. UV rays are still prevalent during the winter months.
  4. Do not lick or bite your lips.
  5. Stay hydrated. Humidity drops during the winter so drink fluids and lots of water.
  6. Cover Up! If it’s windy or cold wear a scarf around your mouth and nose area.

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Ingredients to look for:

Understand which ingredients are helpful, as some chap sticks dry the lip out! Good ingredients to look for are Almond Oil, Beeswax (acts as a protective barrier), Lanolin, Vitamin E and Shea Butter. Coconut oil may feel soothing too as it is antibacterial, anti fungal and anti microbial.

Ingredients to avoid if lips are chapped:

Citrus- no juice or fruit as this acid will sting open cuts on the lips.

Matte lipsticks- as good as it looks, this will dry lips out more.

Menthol, Camphor or Eucalyptus products-these can be common in lip balms, but can sting and irritate already cracked lips.

Lip plumpers- as these utilize cinnamon or chili to irritate lips and bring blood to them, they’re not good for dry or irritated lips.

The elements (wind, sun etc.) – Cover your face with a scarf when outdoors.

Biting or picking- will dry the lips, make them look flaky and make them bleed in severe cases.

Salty food- will dry lips and mouth which may cause more lip licking-can also sting the lips

Spicy food- same as above

Acid based skincare products- careful with acid products for thecae as they may spread to the lip are causing more irritation and or burning.

The best protection for lips is prevention. Once you find a lip balm or chap stick you like, buy a bunch and keep one in each bag! A few of our favorites: Dr. Lipp, Bite Beauty, Badger.

 

 

 

 

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