When temperatures dip way below 10 degrees two things come to mind, hibernation and dry lips! Mastering the art of both, I admit the fact that I simply enjoy the bliss of JOMO and willingly sit at home binge watching my Netflix series. However, what I do not fancy is dry, chapped, sore or whatever describes the condition my lips are suffering from, bottom line it’s nasty..
Dry weather demands dry lips, how to deal with such a winter beauty mishap is my goal in this article..
Why Do You Get Dry Lips In Winter?
The fact that cold air fails to withhold humidity as part of its ingredients, it naturally tends to withdraw what it lacks from its surroundings.. This is why your lips and your skin lose some of their moisture at a rate that is faster than your body can replenish.. Add insult to injury, knowing that our lips have an extremely thin barrier than the rest of our skin plus the fact that they don’t contain oil glands makes matters worse..
What Are You Doing Wrong?
1 || Do You Lick Your Lips Often?
Based on the above mentioned fact, licking your lips will add much needed moisture for the cold and dry air surrounding you to absorb.. so the more you do it, the more dried out they become. Add to that, our saliva contains digestive enzymes, which can irritate and break down your skin’s barrier and cause cracking.
2 || Do you Protect Your Lips From Active Ingredients?
What’s winter skincare without retinol and AHA’s? A waste of time.. These actives really help your skin maintain its youth and are only allowed during cold winter weather. However, applying creams with harsh ingredients around the mouth area will cause their ingredients to seep into the lip contour and dryness would be the result.. Make sure to protect your lips by applying a thick layer of lip balm in order to prevent or dilute the effects of active ingredients on this thin-skinned area.
3 || Do You Chemically Exfoliate Your Lips?
Using acids is a great way to remove dead skin cell build-up, but not when it comes to dry and dead cells on chapped lips.. Stripping your lips from this layer will damage the thin barrier that retains natural moisture..
4 || Do Your Lips Products Have Irritants?
Some lip products leave our lips dry, others claim to plump our pouts while leaving tingling sensations. Avoid irritations, some potential irritants to look out for are menthol, camphor, peppermint, fragrance/parfum, and essential oils.
5 || Stop Using Lip Balms With Only Humectants
Humectants such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin are great at hydrating the skin, however without using a moisturizer to seal them in, you’ll end up drying your skin and lips out even more. Humectants are ingredients that attract water, but if there’s no water in the air for them to attract, they’ll start to pull it out of the deeper layers of your skin. The best solution is to use a lip balm that also includes, occlusives (like carnauba and beeswax), silicone, oils (olive and soybean), dimethicone, lanolin, mineral oil and white petrolatu) serve as a physical barrier to help prevent water loss from the skin’s surface, while protecting the skin from external irritants. The effect is retained skin moisture, reduced irritation and skin barrier restoration..
What to Apply On Chapped Lips?
- Lip Balms With Occlusive Ingredients
- Sugar Scrub
- Protect Your Lips With SPF
- Sleeping With a Humidifier