You might think chapped lips only occur in the winter time. However, they can become sore, scaly and dry any time of the year if you don’t take care of them. So, how do you prevent and/or heal dry lips?
Protect your Lips
Before you go out in the dry, cold weather, apply a lubricating lip balm like Burt’s Bees Lip Balm or cream containing sunscreen. Use a scarf to cover up your lips. Reapply frequently when you’re outdoors.
Licking your lips will only dry them out more. Since your saliva evaporates fast, lips become drier after licking them — more than they were before.
Apply Early and Often
Apply lip balm and chapstick before you put on your lip gloss or lipstick, not after. Reapply frequently to keep your lips protected. You’ll likely need around six to eight coats in the daytime; therefore, you’ll want to apply them in the morning when you get up, every couple of hours in the daytime and last thing at night before you go to bed. Place a tube of chapstick or lip balm in your purse, one in your desk, one in your car and one near your bed to make this easier.
If you plan to spend the day in the sun, make sure you use chapstick or lip balm like EOS Lip Balm that has sunscreen in it. It helps keep your lips from becoming burned, drying out and peeling.
Try a Natural Remedy
Take some aloe Vera gel from the leaf of an aloe vera plant and apply it to your lips to help soothe them. Aloe Vera contains anti-inflammatory properties. Or, apply some pure coconut oil on your lips to benefit from instant hydration. Coconut oil boosts your skin’s overall health, including your lip’s skin. It also works great at helping your body absorb Vitamin E, working to prevent cell-damaging free radicals from being produced.
With any product, including lip balm, always read the warning labels for contradictions, side effects, allergies, and other adverse complications and ask your doctor before using.
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