Chapped Lips Ruining Your Day? Lip Service: Chapped Lips Remedy
Cold weather can be brutal on all parts of your body – faces
flake, hair dries, hands redden, feet crack, and, for young girls especially, lips
chap. No one likes the feeling of dry, cracked-lips, and for many of us, nothing
seems to work fast enough. Just as the harsh winds whip and the humidity plummets,
we figure the time is right to offer some advice to help heal chapped lips.
Chapped lips are caused by overexposure to wind, sun or dry
conditions in any season, but winter is especially problematic. Lips are vulnerable
since they have an extremely thin outer layer. They retain less moisture than other
parts of the body, so they tend to dry out quicker. The automatic remedy when your
lips start to feel like the desert is to lick them. Unfortunately when the saliva
evaporates, they'll feel even worse.
According to the National Institutes of Health, the best
advice to keep your lips from becoming dry and cracked is to first protect them
from the elements drying them out. Check out our top 10 tips to keep your lips moisturized,
even in the harshest winter weather.
Apply an unflavored lip balm
with sunscreen wherever you go. Petroleum jelly or an aloe vera gel will work to
keep your lips greasy and properly moisturized, and prevent them from drying out.
Emollients like lanolin, oils of any kind, Shea butter and vitamins are other useful
ingredients to look for in a lubricating balm. Apply it often during the day.
Drink plenty of water to prevent
Wear scarves or jackets that
block the wind from getting to your lips.
Ask your parents to invest
in a humidifier to moisturize the air in your home after they turn on the heat.
If you wear lipstick, make
sure it's glossy — matte lipstick tends to dry out your lips. Before applying your
lipstick, dab on a very small amount of lip balm or petroleum jelly.
To keep your lips smooth and
soft, and if they aren’t cracked or bleeding, apply a bunch of petroleum jelly,
then use a soft toothbrush, in a circular motion, to massage your lips. Wipe the
excess off with a tissue.
Avoid flavored lip balms. They can be more fun and certainly taste better, but they
also give you an excuse to keep licking your lips, making them wear off quickly
and are not a good chapped lips remedy. Choose a lip balm with all-natural
ingredients. Also, pure vegetable oils and butters with beeswax provide a safe barrier.
Coconut oil is mild and soothing, and coconut butter is rich and creamy — both are
perfect for the lips.
Medicated lip products sound good, but they usually contain menthol, peppermint
oil or other additives that can further irritate your lips. Be sure to read the
ingredients on the side of the tube before you buy one.
Avoid anything that's drying. That includes long hot baths
and showers, deodorant soaps and any product or cleanser that contains alcohol.
Looking for a chapped lips remedy? Get tips and tricks from teen girls at BeingGirl.com.