Winter Lip Care Guide

Winter Lip Care Guide

Dry, chapped, or cracked lips? Welcome to the club. Thanks to the onset of harsh winter season which compromises the lip skin’s barrier, with UV damage accelerating signs of ageing in this area.

As the lips have no sebaceous glands, they can’t provide added moisture to protect the surface from the harsh winter winds and changes in humidity. Hence, a resilient barrier and sufficient hydration are vital needs for healthy lip skin.

Follow these tips for dry lip care in winter to protect them from cold dry weather      

1.Regularly use lip balm

To protect your lips from cold, drying air and keep them moisturized, use your favorite non-irritating lip balms several times a day and right before bed. It's important to use lip balms that use non-irritating ingredients. Choose a lip balm soaked in oils or glycerin. They penetrate deeper into the skin and will protect your lips for a long time and prevent them from drying out.

 2. Use gentle exfoliation

Before hydrating your lips, it’s important to first remove dry, dead skin. While exfoliating your lips may seem like an unnecessary step, it’s actually the most important. This process removes the top layer of dead skin cells, allowing applied moisture to properly absorb into your lips later on. So, make sure to prep your lips to get the most out of your products.                   

 3. Wear SPF 30 or higher lip balm

Look for a lip balm or lip product that has an SPF of 30 or higher. You might not realize it, but your lips need sun protection just as much as the rest of your skin! When we expose our lips to the sun, UVA and UVB rays affect our skin. It stimulates melanin production on the lips, and as a result, our lips become darker and dehydrated                                                                                                                                                                                                                             4.Stay hydrated

 Even if you don’t want fluids in cooler weather, don’t let your body dehydrate. Sip water regularly, because dehydration of the body will also cause the lips to dry out, crack, and start flaking.                                                                             

 5.Don't pick at/ lick your lips

Although it's tempting, avoid picking at dry skin, tugging or biting your lips. This abrasion against your lips can damage them further and make them more dry. Additionally, licking them constantly can lead to even greater drought. The enzymes in saliva are used to digest food, and they irritate the lips. When you get the urge to pick at/ lick your lips, keep a lip balm handy so you can apply that instead.     

6.Use a humidifier

If you're struggling with dry air making your lips uncomfortable, set up a humidifier in your home. They're easy to set up and will add much-needed moisture back into the dry winter air. This added moisture may make it easier on your lips and skin overall.

Choose your lipsticks and glosses with care—ensuring moisturizing ingredients like shea butter or coconut oil are near the top of the ingredients list. And, of course, avoid drying products that make your lips feel dehydrated after they are removed. Also, start adjusting to your winter routine as soon as the air feels more drying and you will the need to up your hydration game. Listen to what your body is telling you and this routine will be fool-proof.

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