The best way to stop chapped lips is to avoid the dry cold weather, but since heading off to a better climate isn’t very practical for most people, you can head off to your nearest pharmacy or supermarket instead. Coat your lips with lip balm several times a day, especially when you are going outdoors. Remember to keep the lip balm with you at all times.
Use A Sunscreen
The sun can damage your lips (especially the bottom one) the same way as it damages the rest of your skin, so use a lip balm that contains a sunscreen. You often see sportsmen using the very same product, especially in countries which have harmful sun rays due to the lack of ozone layer protection.
Studies have shown that creamy lipsticks in addition to a sunscreen will help soothe lips that are already chapped. The lipstick filters out the light, including harmful rays, so pucker up and put on that lipstick – you’ll look great too !
The problem with sore lips is that they can easily become infected. To prevent this happening, apply some antiseptic ointment which you can get from your pharmacy. If your lips are severely chapped, then use the antiseptic ointment at least twice a day – the morning and night time is the most important.
Use Vitamin B
Sometimes nutritional deficiences can be to blame, especially the lack of the vitamin B complex and iron, so take a multivitamin supplement to be on the side of caution. When taking supplements though, never take more than the recommended dose.
Drink Plenty Of Fluids
Don’t let your lips and body as a whole become dehydrated, drink additional fluids especially during the winter. As we age, the ability of our cells to retain moisture decreases so our dryness problem may actually increase during the winter time. Try to drink a glass of water every few hours.
Don’t Lick Your Lips !
When you lick your lips, you apply moisture which then evaporates and leaves your lips feeling even dryer than before. Licking chapped lips can in some cases cause dermatitis around the mouth, so beware. If you are tempted to lick your lips, just image that you’ve had cow dung applied to them – the cow dung won’t cure your lips, but it will sure stop you from licking em !!
Some people drool in their sleep which can dry out your lips and make your chapped lips much worse. If this is a problem, apply zinc oxide ointment every night before bed – this acts as a barrier to protect your lips and will stop this happening.
Use Natural Oil From Your Skin
If you happen to work outside and don’t have anything handy to use on your lips, here’s something that you can do…….rub your finger along the side of your face and nose, this way you will pick up some of the natural oil which is produced from your skin. The oil on your finger can then be applied to your lips in the normal way. As the day wears on, the skin on your nose and face will become more oily, so you’ve always got a natural supply – you can’t get a better home remedy than that !