Many lip balms are either barely effective or make matters worse. Dry, chapped lips are a common problem that looks bad and uncomfortable. Lips are predisposed to be driest spot on our face or body. Your face is covered in a thick protective layer of skin whereas lips are virtually naked so it needs a lots for moisture and smoothness. Water loss is three to ten times higher on the lips than other parts of the face or body.
What Causes Chapped Lips?
Reddish color of lips comes from the proximity to the surface of blood vessels and the ultra-thin, transparent layer of skin that allows the color to come through vividly. During winter, body temperature drops and blood vessels in the lips shut down, becoming poorly oxygenated which makes the lips look blue. Also, lips do not have sweat glands. These physiological facts combined with climate changes (winter dryness, arid climate), all contribute to making dry lips a recurring, persistent problem.
Licking your lips when they gets dry may restore moisture for few seconds but your tongue transfers saliva to your lips which actually destroys the thin protective layer of skin covering the lips. This causes cracked, painful and sore lips. What can be done is to avoid licking your lips when they begin feeling dry.
Another major cause of dry lips is sun damage. Whether it’s cloudy or bright sunlight, apply lip balm or lipstick with an SPF 15 or greater with the UVA protecting ingredients of zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or avobenzone (butylmethoxydibenzoylmethane). Reapply at regular intervals when you are outdoors for longer period.
Lesser-known factors that can cause dry, chapped lips are listed here:
• Excessive vitamin A intake from oral supplements (above 25,000 IU)
• Using matte lipsticks or long-wearing lip paints in cold weather
• Using lip plumpers that contain irritants such as capsicum, pepper, menthol, ginger, or mint oils, all of which cause irritation
• Vitamin B2 wnd B6 deficiencies, which in addition to chapping can cause persistent cracks in skin at the sides of the mouth
• Yeast infections and anti-acne drug isotretinoin (formerly Accutane)
Chapped Lips Remedies
Remember that you can restore dry lips with patience and consistency. Firstly, the best thing you can do to prevent and cure chapped lips is to apply lip balm or glass all the time. You should follow a daily routine and not miss even one day of treatment. Regardless of the weather, you should never let your lips be “naked”.
If your lips are severe with flakes, scrub them gently before applying lip balm. This helps in removing dead, dry, flaky skin and makes a smooth surface for lip balm application.
Do not use lip products containing skin irritants such as menthol, camphor, peppermint, or citrus or those that are highly fragranced. Lipice Lip Balm helps you treat chapped lips with its deep moisture complex formula and ingredients such as olive oil, natural beeswax, vitamin A, C and E