Winter is here! The weather’s getting colder and the air is getting drier, taking away moisture off our skin. This is why now is the right time to start changing your skin care routine and switching to “winter appropriate” beauty products.
Whether your skin is dry or oily, it’s very likely your lips get chapped around this time of year. I have combination skin, and while the rest of my face doesn’t suffer that much from the cold winds, my lips get awfully chapped and sore. Dry, flaky lips are annoying, even painful at times, so I make sure to give them some extra TLC during the winter.
So, what should you do to protect your lips from the cold?
Staying hydrated is extremely important for the condition of your skin and your overall health. Chapped lips are a sign of dehydration, so make sure you drink plenty of water – at least 8 glasses a day to hydrate your skin from within!
Scrubbing away dead skin cells and all that flakiness will make your lips softer and smoother. Before you go applying endless layers of lip balm, make sure your lips are properly exfoliated, so the moisture of all products really gets in there instead of staying on top of old dead skin cells.
You can buy a lip scrub in your favorite flavor or if you’re into DIYs, make one yourself. I usually mix some sugar with olive oil, and this little homemade mixture does the job for me 🙂 . For best results, exfoliate at least once a week!
Moisturize day and night
To prevent dryness and flaking, keep your lips moisturized at all times. Pick a rich, nourishing lip balm and reapply during the day – keep a tube in your purse, one in the car and one at your desk so you can always have that extra moisture at hand. Apply lip butter before going to bed – these products are heavier in texture and are great for treating your lips while you sleep.
Here are some recommendations – the best affordable lip balms:
- Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm
- Vaseline Lip Therapy
- Aquaphor Lip Repair
- Carmex Original Flavor Moisturizing Lip Balm
- Carmex Jar Lip Balm
- Blistex Medicated Lip Balm
- Neutrogena Lip Moisturizer With Sunscreen
- Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm
Apply an overnight mask
If your lips are severely dry and chapped, a lip mask might be the quickest, most effective way to heal the cracks. This Laneige lip sleeping mask is amazing and one of the best out there – it contains healing ingredients that work their magic overnight.
Of course, there are always some easy DIY alternatives to beauty products. How to make a quick, natural lip mask? Break a vitamin E capsule in half, pour the serum and massage onto your lips before going to sleep. You can do the same using jojoba oil – just spill a few drops, massage gently and let it work overnight. Both of these oils are extremely moisturizing and will instantly nourish your skin. Whether you choose Laneige or a natural oil treatment, you will surely wake up with soft, renewed lips!
Stop biting and licking your lips
Licking, biting and picking irritates your lips and makes things even worse. I’m aware that this behavior might be triggered by anxiety, but none of the tips above would help if you constantly damage your lips by picking and biting. Try applying a lip balm every time you notice yourself doing this, and over time, you might even completely get rid of this habit.
Wear a scarf
Exposing your lips to harsh winds causes dryness and cracks. If you’re going out on a cold, windy day, make sure to cover your mouth with some type of fabric. Scarves can always keep you warm and protect your lips, also – they’re never out of style!
Use a humidifier
Using a humidifier in your home or office can prevent lip chapping. This device adds moisture to the environment and helps combat dry air. If your skin tends to get very dry, consider getting one to improve the air indoors.
How do you protect your lips from the cold? Do you have a favorite product to recommend? Let me know in the comments below!
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