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6 Tips To Protect Your Lips This winter

6 Tips to Protect Your Lips this winter


6 Tips to Protect Your Lips this winter
6 Tips to Protect Your Lips this winter


How to keep your lips smooth and lovely?

Winter can be a brutal time of the year for your lips. The cold air, the chilling wind and dry, heated air inside all conspire to make your smoocher dry and tight.

Also, when we get out in the cold, the mouth is usually one of the last things that we cover, dermatologist Melissa Piliang said.

“The cold weather has a very significant effect on our lips,” Dr. Piliang says.

“When we go out in the cold, we take steps to cover the rest of our body, but our lips usually are exposed.” Lips are a special type of skin that is thin and delicate – and so requires a little extra TLC, Dr. Piliang says.

“Our lips dry out ten times faster than the rest of the skin on your face so it’s really important to use extra protection,” Dr. Piliang says.

Here are six tips to keep your lips smooth and lovely all winter long:

  • Do not lick your lips. When your lips are dry, it is natural to lick them to make them moist. But licking your lips really has the opposite effect. "Once you insert saliva on the lips, it gets dry and dry our lips too," Dr. Piliyang is called. "Apart from this, those enzymes are in saliva which is meant to digest food which disturbs the lips."

  • Use a lip balm that is ointment-based. This will lock in the moisture and help to heal cracks and splits in the skin. Look for a healing ointment that contains petrolatum, essential oils or glycerin. Another important ingredient is sunscreen —  there still is the sun in the winter.

  • Avoid lip balm with camphor, eucalyptus, and menthol. These substances actually dry your lips and make the problem worse. In response, you apply more of this type of lip balm, and the cycle continues.

  • Avoid brushing or rubbing your lips when they are flaky or peeling. "It is not better to rub your lips or peel the skin with your teeth or your fingers." It only creates cracks and wounds on your lips and can make things worse. "Instead, apply a very heavy ointment-based balm that will be pleasing and will help to correct your lips."

  • Treat cracks right away. If you let them go, they can become worse and possibly get infected or lead to a cold sore.

  • In the night, place lip balm before going to bed. Many people sleep with their mouth and eight hours of breathing with your mouth open, Dr. Piliyang says. Consider using a humidifier at night if you have air in your house.






      

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