Wintertime summons its own special challenges for our delicate skin. Winter can be a brutal time of the year for your lips. Cold temperatures, dry weather, air-conditioning and wind all conspire to make your often neglected lips dry. In addition, when we go out in the cold the mouth is usually among the last things we cover up. Lips are a special type of skin that is thin and delicate – and so requires a little extra treatment. Our lips dry out 10 times faster than the rest of the skin on your face so it’s really important to use extra protection. On top of that we decided to shine the spotlight on typical lip balms without knowing the ingredients that goes onto our lips and ends up in our body. But the question is “Have you ever flipped your lip balm over to read the ingredients? Take a look at the ingredients in a typical commercially available stick for chapped lips. There is white petrolatum, camphor, carnauba wax, fragrance, isopropyl lanolate, isopropyl myristate, mineral oil, methylparaben, paraffin, phenyl trimethicone, propylparaben, white wax, etc., which doesn’t even sound edible. This is a formula driven by commercial pressure to make high profit margins through a diverse range of climatic conditions, pressure to make a product that can be easily managed in an industrial filling system.
Here are a few tips to keep your lips smooth and lovely all winter long:
Don’t Lick Your Lips: When your lips are dry, it’s natural to want to lick them to make them moist but licking your lips actually has the opposite effect. Once you put saliva on the lips, it dries out and makes our lips even drier plus the enzymes that are in saliva are meant to digest food can irritate the lips.
Use A Lip Balm That Is Ointment-Based: This will lock in the moisture and help to heal cracks and splits in the skin. Look for a healing ointment that contains essential oils or glycerin. Another important ingredient is sunscreen – there still is sun in the winter.
Avoid Brushing Or Rubbing Your Lips When They Are Flaky Or Peeling: It’s better not to scrub your lips or pick the peeling skin off with your teeth or your fingers. That just creates cracks and sores on your lips and can make things worse. Instead, apply a very heavy ointment-based balm that will be soothing and help to heal your lips.
Treat Cracks Right Away: If you let the cracks go just like that, they can become worse and possibly get infected or lead to a cold sore.
At Night, Apply Lip Balm Before You Go To Bed: Many people sleep with their mouths open. Eight hours of breathing in and out through your mouth can dry your lips. Also consider using a humidifier at night if the air in your house is dry because of being heated.