Dry lips are not the look anyone goes for, unfortunately it’s a look that chooses us. I know a easy solution for some is to pick away the dry skin. The problem with that is it slows down the healing process. Vaseline is also a go to product but contains petroleum. Some petroleum isn’t inherently nourishing, it acts as a barrier preventing moisture escaping.
How to prevent chapped lips
- Avoid dehydration
Stay hydrated with plenty of water. Becoming dehydrated can lead to chapped chalky looking lips.
As previously mentioned sun protection is an important step in protecting lips from drying. Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balms are a great all in one solution. The formula contains petroleum jelly which is know for dry skin relief. It also contains SPF.
- Don’t pick at them
Instead try using a gentle sugar scrub exfoliant, to gently sloth away flaky skin. A lip exfoliate is easily made with brown sugar and honey. Coconut oil is a emollient and is also useful to add to a exfoliate mixture.
Causes of dry lips
Weather plays a huge part in dry lips. The winter brings cold weather which drys out skin. Licking lips will also dry the skin out as the moisture evaporates and leaves lips dryer than they previously were. Another reason could be due to the fact lips do not contain oil glands, so they can’t hydrate naturally. Try to stay away from lip balms and glosses containing alcohol. These types of products will further dry out your lips and do more harm than good. And finally while on holiday ensure you use an SPF on your lips as well as the rest of your body. Sun damage on your mouth can be harder to heal as its more delicate and thin.