No matter how comprehensive your skincare routine may be, there’s a good chance you’re neglecting your lips. Between cleansing, toning and moisturising your face, your lips might just be lucky enough to receive some lip balm when they’re especially dry. As the weather gets colder, you might be noticing your lips feeling even drier than usual, and you might not be sure how to look after your lips in winter.
Why do lips get chapped?
The skin on your lips is much thinner than the skin on the rest of your body, and does not have sweat or oil glands. This means the skin on your lips can dry out much more quickly than the skin on your face, for example, as there are no protective oils to keep in moisture. Chapped lips in winter are especially common, as cold air and low humidity can sap the moisture from lips.
How to get rid of chapped lips
As the temperature drops, here are 5 ways to get rid of chapped lips:
Drink more water
Dry, cracked lips could be a sign of dehydration – something that’s all too common when people spend lots of time outdoors, and over-indulge on alcoholic drinks. Making sure to remain hydrated whatever the season by drinking plenty of water should help dehydrated lips. Just make sure to speak to your GP or pharmacist if you’re concerned.
Stop licking your lips
Licking dry lips is a vicious cycle. The more you lick your them, the drier they feel, and the more you want to lick them to rehydration. Unfortunately, when the saliva from your tongue evaporates, it takes your lips’ natural moisture with it. Similarly, avoid biting or picking at your chapped lips, as this can make them heal more slowly.
Use a lip scrub
Much like the skin on your face, there can be a build-up of dead skin cells on your lips. Using a gentle lip scrub once or twice a week can help your lips to look healthier by buffing away this build-up. There are many scrubs available to buy, but you can easily make your own by mixing honey, almond oil and sugar together, before gently rubbing onto your lips in a circular motion.
Using a lip balm will help to keep your lips moisturised and soft, by forming a protective barrier. When your lips are feeling dry or chapped, applying a lip balm regularly can help to soothe them, and improve their appearance. Keep one with you in your pocket or bag, so you’ve always got one there when you need it.
Sunscreen for lips
The skin on your lips is very thin and contains very little melanin, which is the pigment that helps to protect your skin from the sun. This means that lips are very sensitive to the sun, and can easily become burnt (even in winter or on cloudy days). Due to this, wear a lip balm with an SPF every day, like the Norwegian Formula® Lipcare SPF 20, so lips are protected. But remember, sun protection on your lips can wear off more quickly than elsewhere on your body, due to eating, talking and lip-licking. So, ensure that you reapply it regularly to maintain the protection.