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Avoid Chapped Lips This Winter

Luckily, there are multiple things you can do to fix dry chapped lips this winter, as well as healthy habits you can adopt to keep your lips smooth and healthy all winter long. Here are six tips to follow:

Use a lip balm that’s ointment-based
This remedy will lock in the moisture and help heal cracks and splits in the skin. Look for a healing ointment that contains petrolatum, essential oils or glycerin.

Stay away from lip balms containing camphor, eucalyptus and menthol 
These ingredients initially feel soothing, but actually dry out your lips and make the problem worse. When your lips become more dry and irritated, you apply more of this kind of lip balm, and the cycle continues.

Make sure your lip balm contains sunscreen
Another important ingredient in lip balm is sunscreen. Despite the colder temperatures, the sun still shines in the winter. Your lips can still get burned and are more susceptible to burning than the rest of your face, as the skin is thinner and more delicate.

Stay hydrated
Drinking plenty of water is known to be good for your skin — and this includes your sensitive lips.
Don’t lick your lips
When your lips are dry, it’s natural to want to lick them to make them moist. But licking your lips actually has the opposite effect. Once you put saliva on your lips, it actually makes them dry out faster, making your lips even more dry overall. Plus, the enzymes that are in saliva that are meant to digest food are irritating to the lips.

Don’t bite, brush or rub your lips when they’re flaking or peeling 
You may also feel the need to get rid of that pesky, irritating feeling that flaking and peeling causes — after all, it feels so much better when your lips are smooth! However, try to resist that urge.

It’s much better not to scrub your lips or pick the peeling skin off with your teeth or your fingers. That just creates cracks and sores on your lips and can make things worse. Instead, apply a very heavy ointment-based balm that will be soothing and will help to heal your lips.

Be vigilant about treating chapped lips
Treat severe peeling and cracks right away. If you let chapped lips go, they can become worse, possibly infected or may even lead to a cold sore. For example, the herpes simplex virus has a tendency to attack when your immune system is down, which can happen more frequently in the winter. And when your lips are peeling, cracking and dry, it doesn’t help the situation, creating an environment more ideal for that annoying invader as your defenses are down.

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