Even has the New England weather has tempted us with mild temperatures, winter is still here and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. As we experience freezing cold temperatures and dry atmospheres, our lips tend to take the grunt of it. Dry, cracked, and flaky skin that doesn’t seem to be going away can put a real damper on things, especially when your lips starting experiencing the same symptoms. It’s time to stop worrying about whether or not you have a tube of Chapstick on your and start wearing matte lipstick again.
Add Moisture to Your Environment
Humidifiers aren’t just for when you’re sick. As one of the most over-looked beauty tools, keeping a humidifier in your home, especially in the bedroom, can do wonders for your skin. When the heat is on in your home during the cold winter months, the heat and indoor air mix together create a very dry environment which will cause dry, cracked, and dull skin and lips!
Investing in both a full size humidifier for your home and a travel size humidifier for your office, other rooms in your home, and even for traveling will help put the moisture back in your hair. Your lips (& skin!) will thank you.
Take Advantage of Lip Masks
Need a little extra help getting the moisture back into your lips? Try a lip mask! Just like regular face masks, there’s a large variety of options for targeting different concerns, especially when it comes to moisture. If lip masks aren’t your thing, there are also night treatments you can utilize, which are similar to your typical lip balm. Slather it on at night and wash it off in the morning.
Whichever route you decide to take, incorporate the treatment into your beauty routine 2-3 times per week to avoid dry, cracked lips and irritation.
Exfoliating your lips is important, espeically when they’re dry, but it’s important not to over exfoliate them. Using a rough lip scrub, picking at the skin, or licking your lips constantly when they are chapped can do more harm than good. Think of it as picking a scab when it’s not ready to fall off quite yet. Pick up a gentle exfoliator and limit using it to once per week. This will remove any dead skin that’s ready to fall off and leave them feeling smoother.
Seal in Moisture
Your lips are one of the few places of your body that lack oil glads so taking the right steps to help seal in any moisture whenever possible is crucial. Our go-to is petroleum jelly – it’s affordable and gets the job done. You can also use manufacturer lip oils to help seal in the moisture, too!
When selecting products to use on your lips, be mindful of the ingredients in them. Any products that contain menthol, strong fragrances, and essental oils can further irritate chapped lips so try to stick to products that contain shea butter, castor oil, and squalane.