Have your lips been dryer, cracking and painful lately? With the cold winter weather, many people are experiencing these chapped lips symptoms. Why is this happening? First, the skin of the lips is very thin (some of the thinnest on our body) and lips have very few oil glands to help keep them lubricated and moisturized.
Also, dry lips can be an indicator of disorders that you would never expect to have. Did you know that your lips could experience an allergic reaction to your toothpaste or lipstick? The skin care products or medications that you apply to your facial skin may also be a culprit. Here are some helpful tips:
You could be Allergic to a Product
Chapping from an allergic reaction to a skin care product will go away when you stop using the product. Some of the Products causing these reactions can include toothpaste, mouthwash, lip balm and lipstick. What are you allergic to in these products? It is the flavoring agent added, cinnamate, in toothpaste and mouthwash that causes the chapping reaction. While you can also have an allergic relation to the sunscreen ingredient oxybenzone, found in lip balms that contain sunscreen (so check that one off of your list).
Allergies to Lipsticks can also be the culprit. Some dyes in brightly colored lipstick can cause a chapping reaction in susceptible women. If you suspect that you are having an allergic reaction, stop the product for 10 to 14 days and you should see an improvement.
Licking your lips can do more damage than you think!
Many people think that licking the lips helps the dryness, but it can actually cause dry, cracked lips. Digestive enzymes and bacteria in saliva can damage the lips, leaving them in worse shape than before. Also, when the moisture evaporates after you have licked your lips, they become even drier as they lose the moisture into the dry, cold air. Instead, break yourself of the lip-licking habit and apply a moisturizer or lip balm throughout the day.
Moisturize as much as you need to!
To prevent and repair chapping, use a lip balm to seal in moisture and form a protective barrier. Use it frequently throughout the day. A great balm is Jane Iredale – Lip Drink – contains no petroleum-derived products that dry out the lips. Provides Broad Spectrum SPF 15 and UVA protection, contains the antioxidants green tea extract, Vitamin E and C and has a wonder flavor – a mixture of lemon and orange oils. This lip balm contains sunscreen that is important especially while skiing or engaging in outdoor winter activities.
Use a balm before you go to bed, which can help repair damage while you sleep. Great overnight balms should contain vitamins and aloe vera. Don’t forget your children’s dry lips. Fruit-flavored varieties work wonders to encourage them to use more frequently. The Jane Iredale’s – Puregloss Lip Gloss – has wonderful selection of colors including berry, iced mocha and beach plum. Made with moringa butter and avocado oil, it makes lips feel conditioned, moisturized, quenched and nourished. Keeps your lips feeling creamy and the long lasting gloss will make your lips look amazing.
Always keep in mind that water is so good for the health of your overall wellbeing! Keeping the body well hydrated by drinking ample amounts of water each day can also keep your lips hydrated. It’s easy to forget that you can become dehydrated in the winter as well as in the summer. Also, you can humidify your home and office with a cool mist humidifier and plants so less moisture evaporates from your lips.
Use your lipstick
Opaque lipsticks offer great protection against cold, sun and wind and they help to prevent chapping. These lipsticks are fun to wear during the dreary months of winter. The key is reapplying lipstick when it wears off (Note: The chemical that confers the properties of long-lasting or all-day lipstick can paradoxically dry the lips.)
Watch out for topical medications that can dry the lips. Several medications may cause dry, chapped lips especially during the winter months. Some examples would include benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and Retin-A used for acne, or Renova used for repairing the wrinkling of the skin. Consider discontinuing these products until the lips improve.
Don’t Forget to use your Plumper
Lip Plumper gives your lips a healthy looking, supple and fuller look that we can all be missing during the winter months. Jane Iredale’s – Sugar & Butter Lip Exfoliator/Plumper – Organic brown sugar gently removes dull, dry skin. With no chemical preservatives or synthetic dyes to worry about, eat the sugar crystals right off your lips! Then you can apply this pink tinted lip plumper made with shea butter and peptides to moisten and plump. These peptides have been shown to increase hydration & stimulate collagen synthesis. This lip therapy also diminishes lines and reduces feathering and you can feel it working made with cool mint and ginger. Another great plumper is G.M. Collin – Lip Plumping Complex & Lip Plumping Complex Rose – these proven plumpers increased hydration levels by 60% and lip volume by 41% in a 29 day study. Get your lips looking healthy and visibly fuller with these top-notch plumpers!
If you have any questions about specific Lipsticks or Lip balms, please let us know! We are happy to answer and recommend products to keep your lips looking amazing! Read more about winter weather tips here!