At one time or another, you have surely experienced dry, cracked skin on your lips. This is an extremely common issue because the lips are so sensitive to both the summer heat and the winter cold. They easily dry, which leads to painful, unsightly cracking and, in the worst cases, sores around the mouth. With a little bit of regular care, it is easy to avoid sore lips no matter what the temperature outside.
Treat the Skin on Your Lips Regularly with Lip Balm
Just as you have a regular regimen for your face, you should have a routine to care for the skin on your lips. This can be as simple as using a lip balm each day, both in the morning and at night. Make sure you choose a lip balm that includes a degree of sun protection since ultraviolet rays from the sun are one of the primary causes of dry, sore lips. If you normally wear lipstick, you can easily find a tinted balm in your favorite shade to protect your lips without disrupting your beauty routine.
Use a Gentle Exfoliator
The best way to avoid peeling on your lips is to exfoliate the dead skin cells several times each week. There are many products available and you can also make a simple lip exfoliator at home by combining coconut or olive oil with sugar or salt. This combination is completely safe and incredibly effective at removing dead cells from the lips before they begin to crack and peel. You can do this each night before your lip balm to keep your lips soft and smooth all year long.
Resist the Urge to Lick Your Lips
When your lips become dry and sore, your first instinct is often to lick them to provide moisture. What you may not realize is that licking your lips actually causes them to dry out faster. The saliva on the surface of your lips begins to evaporate the moment it comes into contact with the air, leading to drying and, eventually, cracking. Instead, carry lip balm on you throughout the day and apply it if you find that your lips are becoming painfully dry.
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