In the middle of winter is when we find our lips to be dry, chapped and flaky. These 4 tips can prevent your lips from becoming dried out this winter.
- Don't lick your lips. Repeatedly licking your lips can cause a drying effect similar to over washing your hands that can make chapped lips, worse. Instead apply a treatment lip balm, like FixMySkin Healing Lip Balm twice a day in the morning and evening. Formulated with 1% Hydrocortisone to heal lip tissue.
- Watch your intake of salty and spicy foods, or foods that are high in acids. Chapped lips are more sensitive and these types of foods can deplete lips of moisture and further irritate them. If you do have these foods, drink several glasses of milk to neutralize the acids or the spices and calm irritation.
- Make sure you have a diet rich in Vitamin A, C, and E. These essential antioxidants can repair, protect, and prevent damage to the sensitive skin. Vitamin A is helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and also prevents dry skin. Vitamin C helps tissue to repair itself and recover from sun damage. Also, if you have a lip treatment that contains Vitamin C, this will help to boost collagen production for fuller lips! Vitamin E prevents damage by fighting off free radicals, it is also a great aid to smooth and soften lips.
- Use a lip balm that contains an SPF whenever you go outside. This is the most important step to prevent your lips from losing hydration and to prevent your collagen from breaking down.
Even if you don't do all of these steps everyday, just following a few can make a drastic improvement in the health of your lips this winter!