Suffering From Chapped Lips? Here’s The Best Way To Treat It
We're saying *no* to dry lips this autumn
Oh Autumn, you do wreak havoc on our skin, don’t you?
We’ve been getting away with a mild November this year thus far, but the temperatures are beginning to plummet now, and it’s our skin that takes the first hit.
Along with the skin on our face and body drying out, the weather makes the skin on our lips become dry too. Chapped lips are the bane of many people’s existence in the colder month, and this year, we’re simply saying *no*.
Tackling the lips head first, we’ve done our research and are bringing to you the best way to battle the chap over the coming months.
Here’s your step-by-step guide.
Water. I’m sorry, I hate to do it to you, but often dry, chapped lips can be the result of not having enough fluids in your system. Drinking water is key to staying hydrated. If you’re a fan of a coffee in the morning and nothing more it might be no harm to incorporate a little more hydration into your diet.
The best way to replishing yourself is to down a glass of water first thing in the morning. But, if that’s not for you, you could sip away at a bottle of water or a diluted squash in the first half of the day. This hydrates your entire body, lips included, leaving them looking more plump and less flaky.
Now that inward hydration has been addressed, let’s focus on the outside. The next thing you’ll want to do is exfoliate away the dead skin. You can do this with a gentle exfoliator you can buy, or you can DIY one.
Things like sugar or sea salt are the perfect texture to exfoliate. Simply mix a teaspoon of either up with a emollient, olive oil or ol’ reliable vaseline usually does the job here, and gently massage it on your lips to work away that irritating top layer.
Once you’ve exfoliated you’ll be left with soft and smooth lips. What we want to do now is lock that moisture in with a good lip balm or ointment. The key to finding the right one is avoiding an overly fragranced balm and opting for one that has white petrolatum in it.
It’s recommended that you use a lip balm multiple times throughout the day, and most importantly at night before you go to sleep.
If you’re on the hunt for a new lip treatment, we’ve rounded up some of the best on the market below.
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