Tips for Taking Care of Dry Lips in the Cold Weather

Dry lips and winter weather go hand in hand. Lips become more sensitive, thin and lack in oil and sweat glands that protect the lips from the cold, harsh weather. This results in dealing with dry, cracked, chapped and painful lips all winter long. But how can you get your lips to feel smooth, soft and moisturized this winter? Prevention is key! Listed below are some simple tips to help you take care of your lips this winter.

Exfoliate Your Lips

Exfoliating your lips is a great way to remove any dry or chapped skin cells during the winter. After you exfoliate, your lips will look fresher and feel smoother in no time. However, don’t over do it! You shouldn’t exfoliate your lips more than twice a week, as it may lead to your lips becoming drier. Try scrubbing your lips once a week with a natural exfoliator to see optimal results. Don’t forget to moisturize your lips after you exfoliate!

Healthy Eating

Eating more foods rich in vitamins A, B, C and E will help prevent your lips from becoming dried out and chapped this winter. Here’s how eating a diet rich in healthy vitamins can help protect your lips from the cold:

•Vitamin A

Vitamin A helps maintain and repair your skin tissue, especially dry lips due to aging. Foods rich in vitamin A include sweet potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens, cantaloupe, fish and tropical fruits.

•Vitamin B

Vitamin B helps retain the moisture in your lips, making them appear and feel smooth all winter long. Foods rich in Vitamin B include fortified cereals, eggs, pork, chicken, fish, asparagus, spinach, and nuts.

•Vitamin C

Vitamin C increases the collagen production in your lips making them fuller while also repairing your lips from the effects of the sun. Foods rich in Vitamin C include citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas, broccoli, berries, papayas, bell peppers and dark leafy greens.

•Vitamin E

Vitamin E helps smooth out fine lines and wrinkles around your lips. Foods rich in Vitamin E include almonds, avocado, kale, spinach, seeds, squash, plant oils, shellfish, fish and fruits.

However, there are some foods you do need to avoid in the cold. Spicy or salty foods can cause you to frequently lick your lips, which can end up irritating your lips even more. To prevent your lips from drying out, stay away from these foods on harsh winter days.

Stay Hydrated

Dehydration is one of the main causes of dried out skin in the winter. Make sure you are drinking a sufficient amount of water – at least eight glasses daily – to hydrate and protect your skin.

Quit Smoking

Smoking is not only bad for your health, but also bad for your lips. It can leave dark or black spots and make your lips extremely chapped. It’s wise to quit smoking in the winter to prevent dry and tender lips, but if you’re having trouble quitting, make sure you use a lip balm after each time you smoke.

Cover Your Lips

Before you go outside, you need to make sure you are protecting your lips from the harsh winter elements. It’s best to wear a winter coat with a hood that can secure at the bottom of your face to keep in the moisture. You also want to cover your lips with a scarf or ski mask to prevent the harsh winter air from affecting your lips.

Keep Your Room Temperature in Check

You not only need to protect your lips from outside temperatures, but also indoor temperatures. Turning the heat on in your house is great for keeping you warm, but it also makes the air drier. With dry air, room temperatures can create a more harmful environment for your lips. However, you can prevent this by investing in a humidifier. A humidifier can keep the inside air ideally moist, which in turn can help protect your lips from drying out. Try to keep your humidifier’s temperature around 30-40%, if you go any higher, it can cause other bacteria to arise due to excessive humidity.

Avoid Licking or Peeling Your Lips

It’s tempting to lick, bite or peel your lips during the winter. Even though you might get the urge, try to resist touching your lips at all. Biting or picking can cause your lips to bleed and appear cracked, making them look worse than before. Licking can also dry them out more, as your saliva can take out the moisture from your lips. If you keep up these bad habits during the winter, your lips will quickly become chapped and cracked.

Buy Lip Balm

One of the best cures for dry lips is lip balm. Lip balm helps soften and protect your lips with moisturizing ingredients, providing a smoother feel. Before you buy a lip balm for the winter, take into consideration how long it lasts, if it contains natural ingredients, includes SPF sunblock and has extra moisturizing power. If it doesn’t, it might have the potential to dry out your lips even more. Be selective with your lip balm when picking it out and closely look at the ingredients to avoid a potential allergic reaction. You should always have your lip balm on hand too, so whenever you feel a slight dryness or tightness you can easily apply it. If your lips are more chapped than usual, try using petroleum jelly to help your lips heal fast and for further protection.

Treat Your Lips with Restylane Silk

For a silky, smooth natural-looking smile, enhance your lips with Restylane Silk at Ahava Medispa this winter. Restylane Silk is specifically designed to smooth wrinkles and lines around the mouth and provides a subtle lip enhancement, creating a natural-looking difference. With its unique gel formula, Restylane Silk will help soften your lips fast with long-lasting results. Don’t have chapped lips this winter and contact Ahava Medispa today by calling (973) 991-9772 to schedule an appointment at our medispa in Livingston, NJ. Look and feel beautiful this winter with us!

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