As cold weather arrives, we start layering our clothes, some of us have changed their skincare to a richer, more protective formulation too. But what about the lips?
The skin on your lips is much thinner than on the rest of your body. Neither it has oil glands that produce sebum that helps to keep the moisture in. As a result, lips tend to dry out very quickly.
Weather changes, sunburn, wind, the contrast between cold outdoor and dry indoor heating can affect the integrity of skin a lot but there are a few good habits and tips that can help you to keep your lips in the best shape!
- Avoid licking your lips – it might feel relieving for a moment but saliva quickly evaporates, leaving them drier than before. Saliva contains digestive enzymes which further compromise the skin.
- Check your lipstick – Conventional lipsticks usually contain potential allergens such as synthetic colourants, fragrance, etc. Best is to avoid all products which can irritate your skin, especially if you have cracked lips that are struggling to heal.
- Check your Toothpaste labels – Avoid sodium laureth sulfate (SLS), an inexpensive foaming agent, it is harsh and drying. We avoid it altogether in all our products and personal care we use.
- Exfoliate – get rid of dry, chapped skin simply by using some sugar or clean toothbrush together with some balm or plant oil, such as coconut. If your skin is very damaged, just use a soft cotton round instead of anything too abrasive. Be gentle.
- Lip balm – Look for natural plant oils, butter and waxes such as beeswax, candelilla, etc instead of petroleum-based ingredients as they just create a barrier, but do not do any nourishment nor promote healing.
- Holistic approach – Sufficient hydration, a balanced diet and lifestyle is the key to healthy skin!