Winter is the worst season for chapped lips, and the reason why is the cold, dry elements outside that cause us to do the classic no-no- constantly licking our lips to keep them moist. In order to avoid chapped lips in winter, there a few simple tips to utilize, along with a few tools, to keep our lips soft and supple all winter long.
Licking your lips is the worst thing you can do to avoid chapping them, because the constant licking motion actually makes chapped lips happen more frequently, and actually make the condition worse. The abrasion of our tongues irritates our lips, and only keeps them moist for seconds before we begin licking them again. Even if your lips feel bone dry, if you want to avoid cracking and chapping your lips, avoid getting into the habit of licking them.
Use a lip balm instead to keep your lips moisturized against the harsh winter cold, like Chap stick with an SPF sunscreen, Carmex, or Bag Balm to keep your lips moist and protected. Carmex and Bag Balm work best to prevent licking your lips because they just plain taste nasty, and are a great method for getting out of the habit of licking your lips constantly.
Don’t forget your sunscreen! Even in winter the sun can do damage to your face and can burn your lips as well. If you don’t have an SPF in your lip balm, apply sunscreen to your lips prior to applying your lip balm so your lips can stay moist and protected against the harsh winter sun. Even sunscreen alone is a great way to keep your lips moist, and the flavor is obnoxious enough to keep your tongue at bay from attacking your lips all the time.
Avoid lipsticks that are drying, and if you are wearing lipstick, opt to put on a lip balm either under or over your lipstick to protect your lips and try to wear a moisturizing lipstick or a tinted lip balm instead to keep your lips supple and smooth and moisturized all day long.
To get rid of the cracked, dry, peeling skin on your lips, don’t chew at or peel the skin off. Rather, after a bath or shower, take a wet cloth and gently use circular motions to slough off the dry skin on your lips that is still wet from the shower or bathing. This way, you don’t end up picking at your lips and making them bleed, and it makes your cracked lips more susceptible to absorbing the moisturizing balms you will be placing on them.
With these few simple tips and tools, you can enjoy happy, healthy, chap-free lips all winter long, without having to suffer from annoying and painful chapped lips.