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Healing Tips for Dry, Chapped Lips

While most people think of chapped lips being a winter time, the truth is dry lips can occur in any season. Chapped lips can become very painful, especially if ignored. Not only are flaky lips unattractive, but living with sore lips can be severely aggravating!

Main Causes Of Cracked Lips

  • Loss of Lip Moisture:Chapped lips (medically known as cheilitis) can be the result of several things.  While this condition is not a serious one, it can be uncomfortable and unsightly and most people would prefer to avoid it.  One of the main causes of chapped lips is dehydration.  The skin on the lips is very sensitive to the loss of moisture.  Lips can become chapped when exposed to dry weather, wind, sun or any other harsh conditions.  Applying Vaseline or lip balm before facing the elements can help prevent chapping.  Reapply as often as necessary to combat the harsh effects of the wind and sun and keep lips moist.
  • Licking Your Lips:Another common cause of chapped licks is excessive licking of the lips.  It can be difficult to avoid the urge to lick your lips when they feel dry or chapped, but this will only lead to further problems because of the irritation that it will cause.  To resist the urge to lick lips, keep them constantly moisturized with a good lip balm.
  • Allergic Reactions: Lips may become chapped because of an allergic reaction or sensitivity to beauty products.  Not all products are safe for all people to use, and those who may be more sensitive to certain ingredients should cautiously use beauty products.  To avoid this problem, try using natural products like Burt’s Bees or products with fewer extra ingredients, like Vaseline or Aquaphor

Moisturize Lips More Than Your Skin

One of the best ways to learn how to prevent chapped lips is by remembering to consistently moisturize your lips. Sure, you may spend a great deal of time applying lotion and cream to your face and body. However, you should not forget your lips. Beauty tips experts agree the skin on the lips is as sensitive as the skin on your eyes. It should be treated with care! Products from Chapstick or Burts Bees are often great choices in lip moisturization.

Finding a Remedy or Dry Lips Treatment that Works

Finding a treatment that works for your chapped lips can be a bit of a challenge. What works for some people, may not work well for others. While there’s not a technical cure for chapped lips, there are many remedies you can try at home. To soothe chapped lips, apply a thick lip balm. Many people choose to use plain Vaseline instead of trying to medicate with other lip treatments.

Any ointment with natural ingredients is ideal to help your lips heal with ease. While your lips are healing, be sure not to lick your lips or get excess saliva in mouth and lip area. As your lips are almost healed, you can take a toothbrush and softly brush it across your lips to remove all dead skin. Be careful when doing this, as you don’t want to cause further damage.

Finding Good Lip Balms

The best lip balms consist of natural ingredients and do not have excessive or unnatural fragrance, color or flavor.  Lip balms with flavor may encourage lip licking, which will only dry out the lips.  Those lip balms that contain some wax will help to add a protective layer that can last longer and require less frequent application.  Also, lip balms that have SPF protection are considered to be preferable for keeping lips moisturized and limiting sun damage.

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