Chapped or dry lips are a common problem that can be painful and unattractive. Common symptoms are dryness, redness, cracking, flaking, and tender or sore lips.
Water is an essential part of any beauty regimen. It helps to keep your body and skin well hydrated. No matter how many remedies or lip balms you use, if you do not drink enough water, your chapped lips are going to keep coming back.
Others causes for chapped lips are:
- vitamin deficiency
- allergic reaction
- excessive licking of lips
- sun exposure
- harsh weather
Breaking the Chapped Lips Habit
The following tips will help you in the treatment and prevention of chapped lips:
- Stay hydrated. Cracked lips can happen as a result of a lack of water in the organism, meaning that you should up your water intake to stay hydrated and prevent the problem before it happens.
- Use lip products with a sun protection factor (SPF). They will protect your lips from sun damage, which can lead to chapped lips.
- Don’t lip-lick. Dry lips can urge people to lick them to shake off the feeling of dryness. However, this habit can actually make matters worse and you enter an endless vicious circle. Fight the urge to lick your lips and apply some lip balm instead.
- Don’t exfoliate. Exfoliation can make dry lips even more uncomfortable which is why it’s not recommended. The skin on the lips will regenerate on its own in time.
Choosing the Right Chapped Lip Product
It’s best to use a basic lip balm, petrolatum or paraffin based, which can keep moisture in your lips, protect them from the elements, and give them time to heal. This is the primary ingredient in “medicated” lip products as well.
“Natural” products. All of these products like beeswax, Shea butter, lanolin, mentholatum and coconut oil are recommended for lip care but you should be vary when using it because they can lead to allergies and make your dry, cracked lips even worse.